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Sebastian Vettel And Missy Franklin Win Top Laureus Awards (PHOTOS)

26/03/2014 15:26 GMT | Updated 02/04/2014 11:59 BST

Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has another award to add to his burgeoning trophy cabinet after being named World Sportsman of the Year at the prestigious Laureus Awards.

The four-time F1 champion picked up the award in Kuala Lumpur at a ceremony scaled back out of respect for those affected by the recent Malaysian air tragedy.

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Former F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi presents Sebastian Vettel with his trophy

The 26-year-old, who has had little to cheer about this year as his Red Bull team struggles to catch up with their F1 rivals, will be hoping his fortunes change on Sunday at the Malaysian Grand Prix just two weeks after he retired from the opening race in Australia.

Vettel held off competition for the award from British athlete Mo Farah, Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, NBA player LeBron James of Miami Heat, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal and world Footballer of the Year and Real Madrid player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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2014 Laureus World Sports Awards

Swimmer Missy Franklin picked up the World Sportswoman of the Year trophy and at just 18 years old, she can claim another honour of being the youngest winner of the award. Among those the American beat to the award were tennis player Serena Williams, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and skier Tina Maze.

Great Britain tasted success when BMX rider Jamie Bestwick held off Australian surfer Mick Fanning to win Action Sports Person of the Year.

European football champions Bayern Munich were named World Team of the Year just hours after they had clinched the Bundesliga title for a 24th time and with seven games to spare. Other winners included Rafael Nadal, 2013 French Open and US Open winner, for Comeback of the Year. while MotoGP's Marc Marquez claimed Breakthrough of the Year and skiier Marie Bochet won World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.