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Jamaican Usain Bolt and Cuban Yargelis Savigne won the individual prizes of the Prensa Latina poll on the best Latin American and Caribbean athletes in 2009.

Bolt, three times world champion in Berlin-2009, obtained 45 votes, thus keeping the trophy won last year and defeating the best world soccer player, Argentine Lionel Messi, who only got 18 votes.

He improved his world records in 100 and 200 meters, registering 9.58 and 9.19 seconds, respectively, in Berlin.

Bolt also competed in the 4x100 relay, winner of the gold medal, and closed the year with the 200-meter title in the World Final, for the first time held in the Greek city of Thessaloniki.

Meanwhile, Savigne, triple jump world champion in Berlin-2009, obtained 28 votes, 12 points over Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser.

She assured her first victory in this poll with her second world title in the Olympic stadium of Berlin, the only one won by Cuba in the competition.

The athlete also had nine of the ten best records of the year, and won the silver medal in the Central American and Caribbean tournament in Havana.

As of teams, the Brazilian soccer selection, champion of the Confederations Cup South Africa-2009, obtained the first prize for seventh time.

Among the most outstanding athletes of the year selected by 85 media from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are: Messi, Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro, Jamaican Fraser, Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez, Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo,  
Dominican baseball player Albert Pujols, Jamaican sprinter Melani Walker, and Cubans Yumari Gonzalez, cyclist, chess player Leinier Dominguez, and boxer Rosniel Iglesias.


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