Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith were both nominated for the coveted Sports Personality of the Year award 2019, at last nights awards evening. Though they missed out on the title, this achievement will define the next generation of athletes.
The rising stars made waves within their respective sports this year. Dina was crowned World Champion at the 2019 Qatar World Athletics Championships, while Katarina won gold in the heptathlon at the same event.
But, who are Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson? Let’s take a look at their sporting career so far and find out what the future holds for these promising athletes.
Who is Katarina Johnson-Thompson?
Born in Liverpool, Katarina spent a large portion of her life competing, even dedicating her studies to Sports Science at Liverpool John Moores University. In her debut competition, the 2009 Brixen World Youth Championships, Katarina won the heptathlon gold medal.
Following such initial success, she went on to; break Jessica Ennis’ British junior record, competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games and set a new British high jump record at the 2015 British Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
2015 Prague European Indoor Athletics Championships – Heptathlon
2018 Birmingham World Indoor Athletics Championships – Pentathlon
2018 Gold Cost Commonwealth Games – Heptathlon
2019 Doha World Athletics Championships – Heptathlon
2019 Glasgow European Indoor Athletics Championships – Pentathlon
What’s next for Katarina Johnson-Thompson?
Since moving to France under a new trainer, Bertrand Valcin, Katarina has gone from strength to strength. She has firmly established herself as a formidable athlete, so it is no surprise that she is preparing to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Who is Dina Asher-Smith?
Dina is a proud member of the Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletics Club, where she is coached by John Blackie – John was even awarded Coach of the Year at the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year Award. At the 2013 European Junior Championships in Rieti, Dina won two gold medals. This led her to be shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
2016 Amsterdam European Athletics Championships – 200 metres
2018 Berlin European Athletics Championships – 200 & 100 metres, 4 x 100 metre relay
2018 Gold Cost Commonwealth Games – 4 x 100 metre relay
2019 Doha World Athletics Championships – 200 metres
Having already proven her capabilities as an Olympian, Dina is ready to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Similarly to Katarina, she is predicted to be one of Team GB’s biggest hopefuls. Dina is already the fastest British woman of all time, but she is training to be even faster for the upcoming Olympics.
What is the Sports Personality of the Year Award?
Hosted annually, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award celebrates “excellence in sporting achievement”. It started in 1954, with the first winner being British middle and long-distance runner, Christopher Chataway. Decided via a public vote, the 2019 title was won by Ben Stokes, England cricketer, with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton in second and Dina Asher-Smith in third.
“First of all, I think congratulations to all the nominees. What you’ve managed to achieve as individuals and do for your sport is simply sensational.” – Ben Stokes
Who was nominated for the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year Award?
Alun Wyn Jones, Welsh rugby union player
Ben Stokes, England cricketer
Dina Asher-Smith, England 200 metres sprinter
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, England heptathlete
Lewis Hamilton, F1 driver for Mercedes
Raheem Sterling, England footballer
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