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Adams edged by sprinter for athlete of the year

Published: 10:36AM Sunday November 25, 2012 Source: Reuters

Kiwi shot putter Valerie Adams has dipped out on track and field's top award.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and American speedster Allyson Felix were named the International Amateur Athletics Federation's athletes of the year today.

Bolt won three gold medals at the London Olympics in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, replicating the feat he accomplished at Beijing four years ago.

It was the fourth time in the last five years that Bolt was won the award.

Felix also won three golds at London in the 200m and both the women's relay races. It is the first time she has won the accolade, succeeding Australian hurdler Sally Pearson who took it last year.

Adams won her second Olympic gold medal, after archrival Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, who had the event's longest throw, failed a drugs test and was disqualified.

The other finalist in the women's category was British heptathlete Jessica Ennis, while Bolt headed off American hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan 800 specialist David Rudisha.