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ennis-hill and farah hits for six at bawa awards

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Jessica Ennis-Hill
4 November 2016 

Jessica Ennis-Hill (coach: Toni Minichiello) and Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) have been named as the UK’s Athletes of the Year for 2016.

The duo were honoured at the British Athletics Writers Association awards lunch in London on Friday, picking up the Female and Male Athlete of the Year prizes for a record sixth time apiece following their medal-winning exploits at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Ennis-Hill, who recently announced her retirement, landed heptathlon silver in Brazil four years after striking gold in Rio and was handed the honour in the voting ahead of Diamond Race 1500 metres winner Laura Muir (Andy Young) and Olympic hammer bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson).

Farah was the outstanding British performer in Rio, retaining his 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles for a double-double – also adding victory in the Great North Run and at the Diamond League in London.

The five-time world champion topped the voting ahead of the 2015 recipient, Rio 2016 long jump bronze medallist Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff), and sprinter Adam Gemili.

Double Paralympic sprint gold medallist Libby Clegg (Joe McDonnell) – who overcame injury and a move to wearing a blindfold to set world records – was named as Female Para Athlete of the Year while Jonnie Peacock took the Male Para prize following the successful defence of his T44 100 metres title in Rio.

Morgan Lake (Aston Moore), tenth in the Olympic high jump final at the age of 19, matched her feat in 2015 by landing the Young Female Athlete of the Year prize while world junior champion in the 10000 metres race walk, Callum Wilkinson (Mick Graham), is the Young Male Athlete winner.

Elsewhere at the BAWA Awards, revered statistician Stan Greenberg, who did much to accelerate the data side of the sport in print and during a lengthy career with the BBC, received the Ron Pickering Award for Services to Athletics.