12th December 2023
KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON AMONG THE CONTENDERS FOR 2023 BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Aston Moore, club: Liverpool) has been shortlisted for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award following a remarkable 2023 season in which she was crowned world champion for the second time.
Johnson-Thompson, who claimed the heptathlon title in thrilling circumstances back in August, joins five other contenders for the top award at the annual ceremony.
After winning her maiden world title in Doha back in 2019, Johnson-Thompson has experienced setbacks during that period including injury at the Tokyo Olympic Games, but she reigned supreme once again as she became only the second British woman in history to claim two world championship heptathlon titles.
Chasing home Anna Hall (USA) over 800m in the final event of the day, her personal best of 2:05.63 led to ecstatic scenes as he went back to the top of the world in stunning style. This had followed a huge PB of 46.14m in the javelin.
After retaining her world title, Johnson-Thompson said: “I’ve actually got no words. I can’t believe it. It’s like being in a dream. I have been thinking about this for months and months and nobody else could see the vision apart from me and my team. I’m just so happy that it’s come true. It’s a dream come true to do it again.”
The 2023 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony will take place on Tuesday 19 December and will be live on BBC One. The public can vote by phone or online on the night for the main award, with full details announced during the show.