Laureus Awards: Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Lord Coe honoured

Last Updated: 12/03/13 11:55am

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Jessica Ennis: Team GB's poster girl delivered with heptathlon gold at London 2012

Jessica Ennis: Team GB's poster girl delivered with heptathlon gold at London 2012

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has been named the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, with fellow Britons Andy Murray and Lord Coe also picking up awards at a star-studded ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

Ennis was honoured after her heptathlon gold at last summer's London Olympics, where she stormed to victory with a British record score of 6,955 points.

Murray claimed the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award having followed up his own medal success at the Olympics - gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles - by winning his first grand slam title at the US Open.

Lord Coe, the chairman of the organising committee for London 2012 who won Olympic 1500 metres gold at the 1980 and 1984 Games, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

There was further recognition of a memorable year for British sport with the European Ryder Cup squad, which featured seven UK golfers, being crowned Laureus World Team of the Year after their 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback triumph over the United States in September.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was named World Sportsman of the Year for a third time after claiming a treble of gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in London, repeating the hat-trick he pulled off at Beijing 2008.

There was also a Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time who took his career total to 22 medals, including 18 golds, at last summer's Games.

"I don't think I'll have that kind of pressure again," Ennis said. "It was a good experience, everything went well."

Reacting to his award, Murray said: "It was an amazing year - my first grand slam in New York and two medals at the Olympics in my home country.

"The British team had such a great Olympics and I watched loads of medals being won by the British athletes. I think I was motivated by that. The support the whole British team received during the Olympics was incredible."

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