Tennis star Andy Murray added the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award to his incredible list of successes in 2016
Tennis star Andy Murray capped his incredible year of success with a record third BBC Sports Personality of the Year title.
The 29-year-old Scottish star easily beat Olympic triathlete champion Alistair Brownlee (runner-up) and equestrian hero Nick Skelton (third) to the honour during the awards cermony at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.
Andy won the Sports Personality title in 2013 and 2015 winner and was acknowledged for his greatest year yet, when he won the Olympic men’s title in Rio, claimed his second Wimbledon championship and ended the year as the tennis world number one.
“It’s been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it,” said Andy, who accepted the award from former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennx Lewis in Miami.
He continued: “I’d like to thank everyone who voted – I really appreciate your support…
“I’d also like to thank my family. I think my mum is in the crowd there [at the SPOTY awards in Birmingham]. I’d like to thank my dad as as well, who just got married 10 days ago. I miss you guys.
“A huge thanks to my wife and my daughter – she won’t know what this means yet, but maybe in a few years she will.
“Actually, I’ve got a bone to pick with my wife because about an hour ago she told me she’d voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart from her with Christmas coming up.”
In front of a 12,000-strong audience at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, Murray accepted the award via video-link from Florida, where he is preparing for the 2017 season.
The other Sports Personality of the Year Award winners included:
Young Sports Personality of the Year: Paralympic S6 butterfly winnerEllie Robinson.
Team of the Year: 2016 Premier League winners Leicester City Football Club.
Coach of the Year: Leicestr City manager.
Lifetime Achievement: 23-time American Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps.
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: American Olympic gymnastics star Simone Biles.
Sport’s Unsung Hero: Nottingham bxing club founder Marcellus Baz.
Helen Rollason award winner: Charity runner Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days.