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A knight to remember for Sir Mo Farah

WINNER: Sir Mo Farah

THE PUBLIC have crowned Mo Farah as BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Jonathan Rea came second, with Jonnie Peacock in third place. Votes were cast online and by telephone during the ceremony at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, live on BBC One.

The awards were presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan in front of a 10,000-strong audience. The ceremony reflected on a year which included sporting highlights such as the World Athletics and Para-athletics Championships, the Women’s Cricket World Cup, the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand and the Rugby League World Cup.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award was presented to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. The Sheffield born athlete won heptathlon Olympic gold at London 2012, silver in Rio in 2016 and three World Championship titles in her glittering career. Following her retirement from athletics last year, she was made a Dame in the New Year’s honours list for her service to the sport.

Team of the Year was awarded to England Women’s cricket team in recognition of their dramatic victory against India in the World Cup final. England looked set for defeat until they mounted a thrilling fightback to win by nine runs and claim their first global title since 2009. The award was presented by Everton manager Sam Allardyce and boxer Tony Bellew.

Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm were awarded the Coach of the Year award after they guided the Great Britain 4x100m relay team to gold at the World Athletics Championships. The quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ran a near-perfect race to hold off the fancied US team and Usain Bolt’s Jamaica. They were given their award by England rugby union player Maro Itoje and Winter Olympic gold medal winners Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Tennis legend Roger Federer was named as Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. It has been an incredible year for the Swiss player as he won the Australian Open title in January before becoming Wimbledon men’s singles’ champion for a record eighth time at the age of 36. Federer has now won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times, more than any other sportsperson in the history of the competition.

The Helen Rollason Award was presented posthumously to six-year-old Bradley Lowery who sadly lost his brave battle with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma in July this year. The award recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity and Bradley’s parents picked up the honour on his behalf. Bradley became a firm fans’ favourite at his beloved football club Sunderland, where he formed a great friendship with their then-striker Jermain Defoe. Hundreds of thousands of pounds was raised in aid of his fight and a foundation in Bradley’s memory now helps treat children with similar conditions. The award was presented to his parents by England manager Gareth Southgate and striker Harry Kane.

England under-17 footballer Phil Foden was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Foden was named player of the tournament at the Under-17 World Cup as his man-of-the-match performance in the final helped England come from 2-0 to beat Spain 5-2. He then went on to make his debut for his club side Manchester City in the Champions League.

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award for 2017 was presented to Denise Larrad. She won the award for her tireless work helping her community become fitter. She volunteers for several causes, including leading running and walking groups, as well as a “falls clinic”, which helps to build the fitness of people over 70 if they have been injured in a fall. Denise was presented with her award by diver Tom Daley and Get Inspired ambassador and multiple Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny.

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