SIMONE BILES has been named the best female athlete at the 2017 ESPY Awards.
The Olympic gold medalist, 20, beat out tennis champion Serena Williams, WNBA star Candace Parker and record-breaking Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky to take home the gong.
“Every since Rio, it has been an amazing year and the best part of it all was meeting the young people. I want to thank you all for believing in me, it means the world to me. So, thank you,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Simone follows WNBA star and former University of Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, who took the honour in 2016.