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Murray Named Laureus World Breakthrough Of The Year Award Winner

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray, currently in Indian Wells, thanks Laureus by video phone for his award.

Andy Murray was named Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night. 

Last year, Murray won his first major championship at the US Open, the London 2012 Olympics singles gold medal and mixed doubles silver medal.

Murray is competing this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Usain Bolt was acclaimed Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in the 2013 Laureus World Sports Award ceremony after his remarkable performance at the Olympics, when he repeated his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London - 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100-metre relay.

The Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award went to Jessica Ennis, who carried the hopes of the British nation in London. Despite the enormous pressure of being one of the first on the track, she dominated the heptathlon and won the gold medal with a British record score of 6,955 points.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt 
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Jessica Ennis
Laureus World Team of the Year: European Ryder Cup Team
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Andy Murray
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Felix Sanchez
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner

There were two additional awards: The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organising committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the newly created Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award was presented to Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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