Farah and Ohuruogu crowned athletes of the year
November 22, 2013 16:58 pm
Reigning world champions Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu were named athletes of the year by the British Athletics Writers’ Association.
It is the fourth year in a row that Farah has won the oldest end-of-year award in British athletics, while Ohuruogu has previously been voted female athlete of the year in 2007 and 2008.
Farah first won the award in 2006 and dominated voting for the John Rodda Award this year after winning 5000m and 10,000m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August to back up his Olympic double from London 2012.
Adam Gemili was runner-up for the male athlete of the year award, with fellow sprinter James Dasaolu third.
Ohuruogu won the Cliff Temple Award for female athlete of the year following her stirring victory in the 400m at the IAAF World Championships.
The 29-year-old also broke the long-standing UK record held by Kathy Cook with a time of 49.41 in the Russian capital in addition to winning Diamond League races in Birmingham and London.
Perri Shakes-Drayton was runner-up in the vote after winning the British 400m hurdles title and going No.2 on the UK all-time rankings behind Sally Gunnell with 53.67, while 100m hurdler Tiffany Porter was third after a tremendous season that culminated with a bronze medal, with a personal best of 12.55, at the IAAF World Championships.
The Ron Pickering Memorial Award for Services to Athletics went to Ohuruogu’s coach, Lloyd Cowan
Asha Philip earned BAWA’s 2013 Inspiration Award given in recognition of her efforts in fighting back from career-threatening injury to win British titles at 60m indoors and 100m outdoors in 2013.
Back in 2007, Philip was named BAWA junior woman of the year after winning the world youth 100m title, but she badly injured her knee in the Trampoline World Championships in Canada a few days after picking up the BAWA honour in London and did not return to her best again for about four years.
Hannah Cockroft and Richard Whitehead were named Paralympic athletes of the year – a relatively new category introduced by the athletics writers following the success of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Cockroft retained her T34 100m and 200m titles at the IPC World Championships in Lyon while Whitehead also won gold in Lyon, in the T42 200m, before running from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charity.