Thursday, January 03, 2008


Angel Cabrera has capped a magnificent 2007 season by being voted the Argentina's Sportsperson of the Year following his superb US Open Championship triumph at Oakmont Country Club.
Cabrera, pictured right, received the Golden Olympia Award after topping the vote by Argentina’s Sports Journalists Circle, beating tennis ace David Nalbandian, Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and Juan Martín Hernández, one of the stars of the Rugby World Cup, all of whom received the Silver Olympia Award as the winners of their respective sports.
Cabrera was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Roberto de Vicenzo Cultural and Sport Centre in Berazategui.
The 38 year old from Cordoba won the US Open title in considerable style when he held off the challenges of Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk with some spell-binding golf over the final round. Indeed, his nine-iron approach to the 15th hole which finished inches from the cup was voted the 2007 European Tour Shot of the Year.
It was the first Argentine Major victory since de Vicenzo’s Open Championship victory at Hoylake 40 years earlier. Fittingly, De Vicenzo was also honoured during the awards ceremony for his outstanding career.
Cabrera, who also received the Silver Olympia for leading his discipline, is the fourth golfer to win the distinguished award following de Vicenzo in 1967, the year of his Open triumph, Eduardo Romero in 1989 and José Coceres in 2001.
Cabrera said: “This was not only a great year for myself but it was the year of Argentine golf. Ariel Canete, Andres Romero and Daniel Vancsik all won on The European Tour, Miguel Carballo won on the Nationwide Tour, and they were among those who contributed to a great year for Argentine golf.”



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