Vettel, Franklin win top awards

  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 18:24 GMT

Formula One star Sebastian Vettel and swimmer Missy Franklin picked up the top prizes at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

  • Sebastian Vettel: Winner of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award
  • Missy Franklin receives her Sportswoman of the Year gong  

Four-time world champion Vettel was named sportsman of the year, while teenager Franklin picked up the sportswoman of the year award after winning six gold medals at last year’s World Championships.

"It's a big honour. It's one of the most special trophies I have received," Vettel said on collecting the prize.

Spanish motorcyclist Marc Marquez won the breakthrough of the year award for his success in winning the MotoGP championship at the age of just 20, while his compatriot Rafael Nadal claimed the comeback of the year gong for his sensational return to the tour in 2013 - after seven months out with a knee injury he ended the season as French and US Open champion, not to mention world number one.

Bayern Munich were named team of the year for their football Treble achievement, which included winning the Champions League.

The British flag was flown by 42-year-old BMX star Jamie Bestwick, who was named action sportsperson of the year. Bestwick is the only athlete in X Games history to win eight straight gold medals.

The other major award - sportsperson of the year with a disability – went to French skier Marie Bochet.

The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, made up of 46 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.