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Vitali wins comeback award!

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

By Alexey Potapov

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has been chosen by the legendary sports stars of the Laureus World Sports Academy as the 2009 Laureus world comeback of the year. The announcement that Vitali Klitschko had won the Laureus Comeback Award was made by the Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman, Edwin Moses, and fellow Academy members Boris Becker and Katarina Witt in Dortmund, Germany on the eve of brother Wladimir Klitschko’s fight against Ruslan Chagaev. The other nominees for the Laureus World Comeback of Year Award were Australians: Anna Meares, who won an Olympic silver medal eight months after breaking her neck in a cycle crash, golfer Greg Norman, who finished third in the British Open, Germany’s Matthias Steiner, who won a weightlifting Olympic gold medal a year after his wife died in a car crash, Holland’s Maarten van der Weijden, who won an Olympic swimming gold medal after beating leukemia, and American Tiger Woods, who returned two months after a serious knee injury to win the US Open golf championship.

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