One of triathlon's top Ironman athletes earned mainstream recognition at the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday night in Berlin.

One of triathlon’s top Ironman athletes earned mainstream recognition at the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday night in Berlin.

Germany’s Jan Frodeno, who won both the 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in 2015 and became the first athlete to win both Olympic gold (2008) and the Kona crown, was honored with the Action Sportsperson of the Year award.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with their achievements from the previous calendar year.

To find the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards a Selection Panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create a shortlist of six nominations in five categories—Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year. The nominations for two additional categories—the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability—are produced by Specialist Panels.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the Award winners in all seven categories. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards go to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good.

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