Kipsang makes it a grand year for Kenyan athletics
31 December 2013, 11:22
Beijing - Following are the top athletes in the world as voted for by the Xinhua news agency.
1. Usain Bolt (athletics, Jamaica)
Won the men's 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in the world championships,
voted for the fifth time the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer, Portugal)
Scored nine goals in six group matches in the Champions League,
scored four goals in Portugal's 4-2 World Cup qualifying playoff win
over Sweden, voted MVP of La Liga and World Soccer magazine's Player of
3. Li Xiaoxia (table tennis, China)
Won the world women's singles title in Paris, completing a "grand
slam" of Olympic, world championships and World Cup singles titles; also
won her third straight world doubles title.
4. Serena Williams (tennis, United States)
Won 78 games out of 82, 11 championships including two Grand Slam titles, voted WTA Player of the Year for the fifth time.
5. Missy Franklin (swimming, United States)
Swept six gold medals in the world championships, including women's 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
6. Rafael Nadal (tennis, Spain)
Won the French Open and U.S. Open to raise his Grand Slam total to 13 and returned to the world No. 1 ranking.
7. James LeBron (basketball, United States)
Led the Miami Heat to its second NBA title; named MVP for both
regular season and finals, and the Eastern Conference Player of the
Month for five straight times.
8. Sebastian Vettel (F1, Germany)
Won his fourth straight F1 world championship and tied Michael Schumacher's 13-race winning record.
9. Kohei Uchimura (gymnastics, Japan)
Won his fourth straight men's all-around title at the world championships, the first ever gymnast to achieve the feat.
10. Wilson Kipsang (athletics, Kenya)
Set the men's world marathon record of 2:03:23 to win the 40th Berlin Marathon.