In the biggest vote and the closest result, Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been voted the British Athletics Supporters Club Athlete of the Year 2019 following her world heptathlon title in Doha. In a thrilling competition, Kat achieved several PBs in individual disciplines, as well as her highest ever points total in a new British Record, beating Olympic and reigning World Champion Nafi Thiam into second place. The award was presented to Kat at the club's Annual Dinner in Coventry.
The result of the vote was a surprise, as many expected last year's Athlete of the Year, Dina Asher-Smith to romp home after a stunning 200m gold, 100m and relay silvers at the World Championship. KJT's achievement in Doha, though, was viewed my many members in the context of disappointing performances at major championships in the past after a great deal of promise. There was a sense of the heptathlete finally fulfilling her potential in what has become a great British tradition in the female multi-events. One thing is sure though, Britain has two world class athletes in Dina and Katarina. The two golden athletes finished only a few votes apart in the biggest turnout in the club's history, with a long gap to third placed marathon runner Callum Hawkins.
The seven athletes shortlisted for the award were: Dina Asher-Smith, Holly Bradshaw, Adam Gemili, Callum Hawkins, Laura Muir. Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Shelayna Oskan Clarke. Owing to the late scheduling of the World Para Athletics Championships in Doha - which took place after the voting deadline, and overlapped the club's Annual Dinner Weekend, BASC were forced to abandon their practice of including para-athletes in the shortlist. Para-Athletes achievements would be recognised in the club's Susanna Ingram Award due to be announced imminently.