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Elise Christie named Sportswoman of the Year

Elise Christie named Sportswoman of the Year
By Eurosport

31/10/2017 at 10:39Updated 31/10/2017 at 11:39

Elise Christie has been named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year at the Hilton London Bankside hotel.

The 27-year-old is expected to medal in the 1000m and 500m at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next year, after she won 1000m, 1500m and overall gold at the World Short Track Championship in Rotterdam back in March.

"It feels amazing. I feel like I've just won the World Championships again. I just didn't even expect to be nominated so to win it is just incredible,” the 500m world record holder said after receiving the award.

" Olympic champion? That's the goal and I definitely believe I can. "

“It would mean so much to me, especially after fighting back and I'd love to do it for everyone else who has really supported me as well, and everyone who has helped me get to where I am."

Rio Olympian Johanna Konta was awarded the runner-up prize in London on Thursday night after a stunning 12 months which saw her reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Konta knocked out Simona Halep on the grass of the All England Club before falling to Venus Williams in the last-four and subsequently reached a career-high number four in the world rankings.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain takes a interview during the preview day of the 2017 China Open

Johanna Konta of Great Britain takes a interview during the preview day of the 2017 China OpenGetty Images

And Rio bronze medallist Bianca Walkden was third in The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award after successfully defending her World Taekwondo Championship title in June.

Walkden was the first British fighter to achieve the feat when she beat USA's Jackie Galloway 14-4 in the +73kg category to seal back-to-back golds in South Korea.

"They are the days you wait for. Every day at training we have to get out of bed and we're dead tired but those are the moments we treasure and train every day for," she said.

"When you win it's the best feeling in the world and you can't describe it."

Gymnast Ellie Downie picked up the Young Sportswoman of the Year award after winning four medals, including all-round gold, at the European Championships in April.

With additional reporting from Sportsbeat

Other winners

TEAM OF THE YEAR: England cricket team

YOUNG SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Ellie Downie (Gymnastics)

DISABILITY SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Hannah Cockroft (Athletics)