Asher-Smith in Young SPOTY top three

Sprinter a contender for the 2013 Young Sports Personality of the Year award

Dina Asher-Smith (second from right) Credit: Mark Shearman

Dina Asher-Smith remains in contention for the 2013 Young Sports Personality of the Year award having been named in the top three on Thursday.

At just 17 years of age, Asher-Smith (pictured above, second from right) was the youngest athlete selected for Great Britain at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Running in the 4x100m relay she won bronze alongside team mates Ashleigh Nelson, Annabelle Lewis and Hayley Jones, the quartet having been promoted to a medal following the disqualification of the French team for an illegal handover.

The Blackheath & Bromley sprinter also won two gold medals at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, claiming 200m victory before breaking the UK junior 4x100m record with Yasmin Miller, Steffi Wilson and Desiree Henry.

Asher-Smith joined skeet shooter Amber Hill and golfer Charley Hull in being named as one of the final contenders for the award live on Blue Peter, with the winner to be announced at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Leeds on Sunday, December 15.

The trio were selected from an original shortlist of 10, which included fellow athletes Jessica Judd and Isaac Towers.

The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award is for athletes aged 17 or under on January 1, 2013, with the shortlist having been compiled following nominations made to the BBC by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.

Sprinters Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Amy Spencer are among the athletes to have claimed the Young Sports Personality of the Year honour in the past, with Spencer having claimed the inaugural award in 2001.

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