TWO Gold Coast sporting stars have been left empty-handed following the prestigious Laureus Awards.
Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel was named the Laureus world sportsman of the year at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, overnight.
News.com.au reports, the 26-year-old was awarded the trophy after becoming the youngest ever driver to clinch four successive titles in 2013.
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He beat out fellow nominees Usain Bolt, LeBron James, Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Farah.
Hope Island golfer Adam Scott missed his chance at glory in Breakthrough of the Year, which was awarded to MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez.
Scott’s drought-breaking US Masters victory wasn’t enough to beat Marquez, who last year became the youngest ever MotoGP world champion at 20 years 266 days.
It was also a disappointing night for Coolangatta surfer Mick Fanning, who was up for Action Sportsperson of the Year, but lost to British BMX rider Jamie Bestwick.
Not to be outdone in the age stakes, 18-year-old American swimmer Missy Franklin was crowned the youngest ever world sportswoman of the year, beating Serena Williams, Yelena Isinbayeva, Tina Maze, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Brisbane Roar’s own W-League star Nadine Angerer.
Winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a panel made up of 46 sporting greats including four Australians.