Two athletes from the United States, basketball player LeBron James and American football player Tom Brady, finished first and second, respectively.
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi was fourth. American swimmer Michael Phelps rounded out the top five.
The selection covered the period 2010 to 2019. American tennis player Serena Williams was named AP’s female athlete of the decade.
Bolt dominated world sprinting for much of the decade, especially the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He retired from track following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.