SPOTY: Andy Murray Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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SPOTY: Andy Murray Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
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Andy Murray has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 26-year-old was rewarded after becoming the first British tennis player to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

The Scot was not present at the ceremony in Leeds as he is in Miami where he continues his recovery from back surgery.

Martina Navratilova presented Murray with the iconic silver-plated four-turret lens camera trophy.

He told the BBC:

I've got a few people to thank - my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They've supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn't have done it without you. My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They've been with me for a long time and I also couldn't have done it without them. Thank you to all of them.

And finally I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much sport over the last couple of years. It has made a huge difference. I know sometimes I'm not the easiest person to support but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I'm glad I managed to do it.

No matter how excited I try to sounds my voice always sounds boring - that's just my voice, I'm sorry! I'm very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.

Wales and Lions rugby full-back Leigh Halfpenny finished second with champion jump jockey Tony McCoy third.

Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Sir Ben Ainslie, who helped Team Oracle win the America's Cup, Mo Farah, who won double gold at the World Athletics Championships, World 400-meter champion Christine Ohuruogu, U.S. Open golf champion Justin Rose, Ashes man-of-the-series Ian Bell and wheelchair-bound athlete Hannah Cockroft were also on the 10-strong shortlist.

Murray becomes the fourth tennis player to win the award in its 60-year history following Ann Jones in 1969, Virginia Wade in 1977 and Greg Rusedski in 1997.

The other winners were as follows:

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Sebastian Vettel

Diamond (Lifetime Achievement) Award: Sir Alex Ferguson

Coach Award: Warren Gatland

Team of the Year: British & Irish Lions

Helen Rollason Award (for "outstanding achievement in the face of adversity"): Anne Williams

Young Sports Personality: Amber Hill

Unsung Heroes: Maggie and Joe Forber

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