Six-times F1 champion Michael Schumacher was named Laureus world sportsman of the year for the second time on Monday night.

Six-times F1 champion Michael Schumacher was named Laureus world sportsman of the year for the second time on Monday night.


The Ferrari driver appears on course to make it seven world titles in 2004 after claiming his fifth win in five races with victory in Barcelona on Sunday. He beat five-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Wimbledon tennis champion Roger Federer, American swimmer Michael Phelps, world motorcycling champion Valentino Rossi and England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson to the award.


The F1 world champion was also named World Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Monte Carlo two years ago.


Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam was named world sportswoman of the year, and England's World Cup-winning rugby squad scooped the team of the year prize.


Sorenstam won the 2003 British Open and the LPGA championship, helped Europe to victory in the Solheim Cup and became the first woman to play in a men's US PGA tour event for over 58 years.


A panel of more than 400 sports journalists from around the world came up with the shortlist and 41 sports personalities, including former cyclist Miguel Indurain, tennis player John McEnroe and athlete Ed Moses, selected the winners.

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