Gymnast Simone Biles won her third Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award while Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton and footballer Lionel Messi shared the men’s title.
American Biles, 22, won five gold medals in Stuttgart last year to become the most decorated athlete at the World Championships.
Briton Hamilton, 35, won his sixth drivers’ title.
Argentine Messi, 32, guided Barcelona to the La Liga crown – his 10th.
“This means the world to me,” said Biles, 22, who spoke to the audience from Houston, USA where she hosted an event and where she