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For her two gold medals at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin and making history as the first woman to win three consecutive world 200 meter titles, Allyson Felix was named 2009 Sportswoman of the Year by the L.A. Sports Council.
The former L.A. Baptist High of North Hills star and USC graduate, who also ran a leg of the U.S. 4×400 meter relay gold, won the same award in 2007.
She will be honored at the L.A. Sports Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the new JW Marriott Hotel in LA Live.
The five-time California high school state champion who broke Marion Jones of Thousand Oaks’ high school 200 meter time won gold at the 2008 Olympics in the 4×400 relay and took silver in the 200 meters in the ’04 and ’08 Games.
Previous winners are beach volleyball stars Misty May and Kerri Walsh (2005), Sparks center Lisa Lelie (2006) and Sparks forward Candace Parker (2008).
The L.A. Sports Council last week named the Lakers’ Pau Gasol as the Male Athlete of the Year for 2009.
The L.A. Sports Awards honor the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los
Angeles/Orange County area. There is online voting at www.lasports.org where fans can pick the top moments in 15 categories through Jan. 31.