Drumroll please… we can now reveal the winners of the 2013 AW Readers’ Choice Awards
It’s been another exciting year in the world of athletics, but just who and what has most impressed AW readers?
Read on for the top results from our online poll and make sure you grab a copy of the December 5 issue of AW, which is available here or digitally here, for a full results breakdown including percentages.
International male athlete
Having added gold in the 5000m and 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow to his double Olympic success of 2012 it’s no surprise to see Mo Farah voted international male athlete for the third year in a row. He takes this honour ahead of Usain Bolt and Bohdan Bondarenko.
International female athlete
Valerie Adams is a deserving winner of this category, the New Zealand shot putter having continued her dominance in 2013. She remains unbeaten since 2010, having won the world title for the fourth time and managed eight of the nine longest throws this year. AW readers voted her ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tirunesh Dibaba.
Moment of the year
Again Farah came out on top in this poll, his distance double in Moscow considered this year’s finest moment ahead of Christine Ohuruogu’s one-lap wonder run and Wilson Kipsang’s marathon world record.
British male athlete
You guessed it, it’s Farah! The double world and Olympic champion was completely unchallenged in claiming the British male athlete honour ahead of fellow Moscow finalists Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu.
British female athlete
A runaway winner in this category, Ohuruogu stormed ahead in Moscow and did the same in our readers’ poll to take the British female athlete crown from Eilidh Child and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
British junior male and female athletes
Clear favourite among AW readers for the male award was Jake Wightman, the Scottish middle distance athlete having won 1500m gold at the European Juniors in Rieti in July. Jessica Judd was voted the female winner in a year which has seen her pick up maximum points for Britain at the European Team Championships in Gateshead and lower her 800m PB to 1:59.85 at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix.
Hannah Cockroft improved on her third place in the 2012 awards to claim the British Paralympian honour in a year which saw her retain her T34 100m and 200m titles at the IPC World Championships in Lyon.
He won European under-23 100m gold and followed that up with a spot in the world 200m final having run 19.98 in his semi-final to become the second-fastest Briton in history. This award goes to Gemili.
British veteran athlete
Since turning 60 in February, Martin Rees has steadily racked up numerous age group world records on the road making him an easy winner in this category.