Lindsey Vonn and Novak Djokovic among winners at Laureus World Sports Awards as former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is given Lifetime Achievement honour during star-studded bash in Monaco

 February 19, 2019

Vonn, who recently retired from skiing, was handed the Spirit of Sport Award in the early stages of the night / Laureus World Sports Awards



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Tennis star Naomi Osaka and skier Lindsey Vonn were among the athletes honoured at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, while Novak Djokovic claimed the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award and Simone Biles was named Sportswoman of the Year.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge picked up the Achievement award at the star-studded bash.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger attended the gala and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award / Laureus World Sports Awards

Osaka earned the Breakthrough Award, while Vonn picked up the Spirit of Sport Award at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex.

The ceremony celebrated the outstanding sporting achievements of the past year, with categories including Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback, Action and Sporting Moment.

There were six superstars nominated for the Sportsman category, including World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, Ballon D’or winner Luka Modric and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as eventual winner Djokovic. Completing the list were London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and NBA superstar LeBron James.

Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2019 winner Novak Djokovic and Laureus Academy Member Boris Becker pose / Laureus World Sports Awards

Gymnast Biles, tennis stars Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, skiiers Esther Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin and Ironman triathlete Daniela Ryf were up for the Sportswoman trophy that Biles claimed.

The Team award was contested between NBA team Golden State Warriors, the European Ryder Cup team, the World Cup-winning France side, the Mercedes F1 team, Norway’s Winter Olympic team and Real Madrid, who lifted a third consecutive Champions League title in May. The French team, coached by Didier Deschamps, won the category.

Alongside sporting stars, there was also royalty present at the awards night in the shape of Prince Albert II of Monaco / Laureus World Sports Awards

Osaka won the Breakthrough Award, ahead of Ana Carrasco, Sofia Goggia, Jakob Ingebritsen, Geraint Thomas and Bianca Williams.

This was handed to an athlete whose performances have hinted at a bright future in their sport.

Lindsey Vonn was given the Spirit of Sport having recently announced her retirement from skiing.

Vonn, who recently retired from skiing, was handed the Spirit of Sport Award in the early stages of the night / Laureus World Sports Awards

Woods was the winner in the Comeback category, in which Winter Olympians Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibioan Mentel-Spee, Vonn and Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat were also nominated

Henrieta Farkasova triumphed ahead of Diede De Groot, Brian McKeever, Oksana Masters, Grigorios Polychronidis and Markus Rehm for the Disability award, presented to the athlete who shows excellent achievement in their Paralympic sport.

Laureus ambassador Luis Figo and wife Helen Svedin looked sharp as they walked the red carpet in Monaco / Laureus World Sports Awards

In the Action category, surfers Maya Gabeira, Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore went up against snowboarders Shaun White, Anna Gasser and Chloe Kim for the award that recognises an athlete who has pushed the limit of their discipline. Youngster Kim, just 18, went home with the trophy.

American actor James Marsden, who starred in the X-Men films, hosted the awards at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex / Laureus World Sports Awards
Didier Deschamps alongside France coaches Franck Raviot (left) and Guy Stephanon (right) after winning Team of the Year / Laureus World Sports Awards
Xia Boyu, a double amputee who climbed Mount Everest, poses with his Laureus Award for Sporting Moment of the Year / Laureus World Sports Awards
Former Formula One driver Nico Rosberg and wife Vivian Sibold were in attendance at the glamorous ball / Laureus World Sports Awards
Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, with Daniella Semaan, now plays for Monaco in Ligue 1 after leaving Chelsea in January / Laureus World Sports Awards
Djokovic and wife Jelena paused to pose alongside a replica trophy with the tennis star winning the Sportsman category / Laureus World Sports Awards

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