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Murray wins Laureus award in Rio

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Originally published on: 12/03/13 00:00

The world No. 3, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last year, also won a gold and silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

Murray, who is currently in action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, was not able to attend the awards ceremony in Rio de Janeiro but accepted his award via video link.

“To come out on top amongst such a strong field of nominees really is the finishing touch on a great year for me,” Murray later wrote on his facebook page.

“A big thank you to my team and all of you at home for your great support, it means a lot. Here’s to a great 2013 season!”

Murray, who hired former world No. 1 Ivan Lendl as his coach at the start of the 2012 season, reached the Wimbledon final before returning to the All England Club a month later to win Olympic singles gold, beating Roger Federer in the final. Later the same day he won mixed doubles silver with Laura Robson.

In September, Murray beat Novak Djokovic in five sets at Flushing Meadows to land his first major title.

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Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias_ь
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner

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