Liverpool’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson was unsuccessful in her bid to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award tonight.

The annual award ceremony took place in Aberdeen with cricketer Ben Stokes taking home the prize.

The BBC SPOTY award was decided by a people’s vote.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton took second and fellow athletics star Dina Asher-Smith took third after a successful World Championships in which she won a gold and two silver medals.

KJT herself won World Championship gold in October at Doha after ending the heptathlon event on 6981 points, beating former champion Nafissatou Thiam by 304 points in total and Austrian Verena Preiner who claimed third.

Johnson-Thompson recorded two personal bests on the first day in both the 100m hurdles (13.09s) and the shotput (13.86m) in a performance that broke Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record.

Other winners in the ceremony included marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge who won World Sport Star of the Year 2019.

Also, John Blackie took home Coach of the Year and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

We put forward the argument of her deserving to win BBC SPOTY, but with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ahead next year, another gold medal could see her take home the crown next December instead.

Picture by William Warby under Creative Commons License

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