SOURCE: The Hickok Belt Award
ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 14, 2012) - The World's Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, ran away with another honor after being selected as the Hickok Belt™ Award winner for August 2012. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Bolt was selected after a record-breaking performance at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, where he became the first man to win two consecutive gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He also broke a world record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 19.32 seconds. In addition, Bolt won a third gold medal after anchoring the men's 4X100-meter relay with a world record time of 36.84 seconds.
Other finalists for the month of August in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them included: Allyson Felix (track & field), Felix Hernandez (baseball), Kevin Durant (basketball), Rory McElroy (golf), Alex Morgan (soccer), Mike Trout (baseball), Giancarlo Stanton (baseball), Craig Kimbrel (baseball) and So Yeon Ryu (golf).
Usain Bolt's selection as the Hickok Belt Award winner for August, not only recognizes him as "the best of the best" in professional sports for the month, it also marks another milestone in the return of the award given to the top professional athlete across all sports. As a monthly recipient, Bolt becomes the eighth of twelve finalists for the overall annual award, joining previous monthly award winners including Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Lindsey Vonn, Bubba Watson, Josh Hamilton and LeBron James, and Serena Williams. Winners as selected by the NSSA will be announced each month throughout 2012. The overall winner will then be announced in early 2013, as the Hickok Belt Award, the crown jewel of sports, will be presented for the first time in over 36 years.
The Hickok Belt Award was originally presented annually from 1950 - 1976. Past recipients include a list of the 20th century's elite athletes including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Jim Brown and others who defined their sports. To learn more about the rich history of the Hickok Belt Award and keep up with all the news surrounding the award in 2012, please visit www.HickokBelt.com.