Simone Biles named Sportswoman of the Year for 2018

Simone Biles named Sportswoman of the Year for 2018

And after 82 World Cup wins, eight world championship medals and one Olympic gold, the American was overcome with emotion when taking to the stage as a retired athlete at the Laureus Awards.

Jamaica runner Briana Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Monaco, Feb. 18, 2019.

Meanwhile, US gymnast Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year after her record breaking performance at the world championships last year.

The 31-year-old superstar received the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award ahead of French football World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, F1 star Lewis Hamilton, marathon world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge, Croatian footballer Luka Modric and National Basketball Association royalty LeBron James.

Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

The World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic returned to the professional courts in 2018 after his six-month hiatus due to his elbow surgery.

The 31-year-old tennis player, who was joined at the event by his wife Jelena, made a surprising revelation while accepting the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

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McKeever, who is visually impaired, has won 13 Paralympic and 19 world championship gold medals over his career. "I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support".

Following four operations on his back in the space of just over three years, 14-time major champion Woods claimed his first win in 1,876 days at the Tour Championship.

Fresh from winning his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award on Monday, Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic set a higher goal of staying mentally healthy and balanced over his chase for Grand Slams and world No. 1 position in the future.

Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova won the "Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability" Award. What a way to celebrate the diversity, joy, and power of sport to break down barriers and change the world for better.

Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

Deschamps compatriot Arsene Wenger, credited with revolutionising English football certainly in the early part of his over two decades in charge of Arsenal, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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