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Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 100 Metres Final during day two of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Bolt set a new World Record of 9.58.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt and Jamaican-born United States' 400 metres runner Sanya Richards were named athletes of the year.

Tallent clocks fastest time

22 November 2009
Jared Tallent competes in the Australian 50km Road Walking Championships on November 22, 2009 in Melbourne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Dual Olympic medallist Jared Tallent surprised himself as he overcame adverse conditions to record a career-fastest time in winning the Australian 50km road walk championship. Racing in pouring rain through gathering puddles in Melbourne, the 25-year-old from Ballarat clocked 3:38.56s on Sunday

Dwyer scores hat-trick

21 November 2009
Jamie Dwyer of Australia and Eduard Tubau of Spain contest the ball during the first test match between the Australian Kookaburras and Spain at Perth Hockey Stadium on November 21, 2009. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Jamie Dwyer has reconfirmed his status as one of the world's best players by scoring a hat-trick of goals in Australia's 8-2 win over Spain in the first Test in Perth. In what was Australia's first match against Spain since they were knocked out of the gold medal race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Kookaburras were determined to come out on top in the opening game of the two-Test series.

The Australian Mens Pursuit team of Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Cameron Meyer on their way to winning the Gold Medal at the UCI World Cup Melbourne Classic at Hisense Arena on November 20, 2009 in Melbourne. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

A young, untried Australian combination has ridden the fastest teams pursuit time in this country, posting only the second mark under the magical four minutes.

Athens gold medallist Mark Knowles and Simon Orchard show off their Mos as part of the Champions Trophy charity - Movember.

Although competitiveness is natural in any sporting team, the term took on a new meaning yesterday for the Kookaburras as they put down their hockey sticks to compare moustaches as part of the Movember challenge

Cadel Evans of Australia waves as he crosses the finish line to win the Men's Road Race at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships on September 27, 2009 in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

World champion cyclist Cadel Evans is amazed at the number of people who have taken up the sport because of him. In the wake of the controversial Crawford Report, Evans said it is important that government funding for sport continues.

Hooker versus Bolt

11 November 2009
Steven Hooker competes in the men's Pole Vault Final during day eight of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

World and Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker has joined some exclusive company in being shortlisted for the male world track and field athlete of the year award.

Lisbeth Trickett makes her way out the pool after competing in the Women's 50m Freestyle Heats at the National Aquatics Center on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Libby Trickett is still agonising over her future in the pool as fellow golden girl Leisel Jones dips back into international competition for the first time in 15 months today.

Jimmy Tansey (adidas), Fiona de Jong (AOC), Mattheww Mitcham, Sally McLellan, Melissa Wu, Cate Campbell and Robin Bell.

A group of Australian Olympians today received a timely financial boost, in the form of the adidas Medal Incentive

AOC President John Coates.

Australia has slipped to 7th on the gold and overall medal tally according to the latest benchmark study conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).