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Andy Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year

December 18, 2016

Andy Murray has become the first person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award three times. The 29-year-old tennis star beat 15 other contenders including cycling’s power couple Jason and Laura Kenny, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah to clinch the top spot. He claimed the 2016 award after winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold and finishing the season as the world’s top-ranked tennis player. As tension built, the Duke of Cambridge and athletics champion Jessica Ennis-Hill took to the stage to announce who had got the first, second and third spots at the ceremony in Birmingham. Receiving the award in Miami, Murray thanked his wife and daughter “who won’t know what this means yet”, adding “maybe in a few years she’ll appreciate it”. Speaking to the 12,000-strong audience he said: “I appreciate everyone’s support and congrats to all of the athletes there tonight. “It’s been an amazing year for British sport and I’m very proud to be a part of it.” However the world number one joked he “had a bone to pick” with his wife after he said she had voted for Olympic showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton who came third in the public vote. Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee came runner-up to the tennis star, who beamed as he held the trophy aloft.