F1 2010 world champion Sebastian Vettel was celebrating again this week after the International Sports Press Association awarded the German the title of 'European Sportsman of the Year'.

Vettel, who claimed the F1 drivers' title after winning the season finale in Abu Dhabi, and who ended up beating Fernando Alonso to top spot by just four points, saw off competition from 100 metre and 200 metre specialist Christophe Lemaitre and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal to take the gong. Vettel received 79 votes, while Lemaitre took 78 and Nadal 74.

The Red Bull Racing man is the 28th winner of the 'Frank Taylor Trophy', named in honour of the former president of both AIPS and UEPS. Previous winners include Roger Federer (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), Britain's Jonathan Edwards (1995) and a certain Michael Schumacher (2003, 2002, 2001 and 1994).

The European Sportswoman of the Year award went again to Croatia's high jumper expert Blanka Vlasic.

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