Four-time Olympic gold medallist receives top honour from the British Athletics Supporters Club

Mo Farah was named the British Athletics Supporters Club (BASC) athlete of the year at the club’s annual dinner on Saturday evening.

The 33-year-old was a clear winner of the award in a year which has seen him retain both his 5000m and 10,000m Olympic titles and break the British 3000m record.

The number of votes separating second and third was much closer, with Olympic hammer bronze medallist and British record-holder Sophie Hitchon pipping British 1500m record-holder and Diamond Race winner Laura Muir for the runner-up spot.

Other shortlisted athletes included Dina Asher-Smith, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Adam Gemili and Jazmin Sawyers.

This year was the first that the BASC announced a shortlist for the award and that resulted in the highest ever number of votes, with members also having been able to vote online.

A shortlist of seven was compiled after 17 athletes were nominated by BASC members earlier in the autumn.

British long jump champion and Olympic eighth-placer Sawyers was among those at the annual dinner and told the attendees: “We have the best support in the world. We appreciate it no end.”

The BASC young male athlete of the year award went to European youth 800m champion George Mills, while European youth long jump gold medallist Holly Mills received the young female honour. Double Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox was named winner of the Susanna Ingram award, while the Ron Jewkes Trophy was presented to Callum Wilkinson, who became Britain’s first global walking champion in 52 years with his 10km walk gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

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