He is now the first person to win the ESPYS three times, after being announced the winner at Wednesday’s ceremony in Los Angeles.
Bolt previously won the award in 2009 and in 2013.
In winning, Bolt beat out the likes of Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor who were the shortlisted candidates.
Other award winners include Russell Westbrook (Best Male Athlete), Simone Biles (Best Female Athlete), Serena Williams (Best Female Tennis Player), Roger Federer (Best Male tennis Player), Michael Phelps (Best Male US Olympic Athlete), LeBron James (Best NBA Player), Lewis Hamilton (Best Driver), Kevin Durant (Best Championship Performance) and Golden State Warriors (Best Team).
The ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony