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World 10,000m Champion, Mo Farah wins 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year| See Full List of Winners

The 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award took place on Sunday, 17th December 2017 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom with Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan and Clare Balding as the hosts of the award show.

Following public votes, 4-time British Olympic champion, Sir Mohamed 'Mo' Farah was named the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year beating the likes of World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock to the award.

The World 10,000m champion who could not be at the ceremony in Liverpool was presented the award on a video link by his stepdaughter Rhianna.

Farah who apologized for his absence expressed his joy at receiving the award, revealing he was shocked to win due to the quality of other athletes in the category.

According to Farah, he couldn't believe he had won the award.

The 34-year old said;

"It is pretty amazing and hard to think about. I didn't imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams".

"I am sorry I could not be there. My kid has been not well. I just cannot believe I have won".

The Somali-born athlete secured 83,524 votes to win the prize compared to the 80,567 secured by Rea and the 73,429 votes secured by Peacock.

2017 was no doubt an amazing one for Farah who won his third successive World Championships 10,000m gold medal in London in August as well a silver medal at the World Championships 5,000m before being honoured with a knighthood from the Queen at the Buckingham Palace in London last month.

Farah becomes the first long-distance runner to win the BBC SPOTY Award since Paula Radcliffe in 2002.

Other winners on the night were Manchester City's youngster, Phil Foden who picked up the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for his outstanding performance in guiding England to the FIFA U17 World Cup in India.

Roger Federer also won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year whereas Jessica Ennis-Hill picked up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

See Full List of Winners Below:

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award - Mo Farah

BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year - Roger Federer

BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award - England Women's Cricket Team

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award - Jessica Ennis-Hill

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award - Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire, Christian Malcolm

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award - Late Bradley Lowrey

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year - Phil Foden

BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award - Denise Larrad

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