Serbia’s Novak Djokovic was acclaimed the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after his remarkable 2011 when he won three Grand Slam events – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – and took away the tennis World No 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal. Reuters
The Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award went to Kenya’s extraordinary distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot, who won both 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medals at the World Championships in Daegu. Reuters
Winners of the Champions League and the Spanish League in the 2010/11 season, FC Barcelona won the 2012 Laureus World Team of the Year Award.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was named winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award after winning the US Open, his first Major Championship. Reuters