Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year

Andy Murray was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday. 

Murray, who won the award for the second time in the last three years, beat Rugby League superstar Kevin Sinfield, who came second, and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, who finished third. 

Murray, who led Britain to Davis Cup glory for the first time in 79 years, received 361,446 of the 1,009,498 votes cast (35%) while Sinfield got 278,353 (28%) and Ennis-Hill claimed 78,898 (8%).

“Thank you very much. I didn't expect this,” Murray said at the award ceremony. “A friend sent me a message the other day with an article saying: 'Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing,' which I thought was a bit harsh – on Worthing. Congratulations to everyone who was involved tonight.

“This has been a five-year journey – we were down in the bottom level of tennis and now we're number one. I dedicate my life to this sport and I work extremely hard every day to make you proud.”

The 28-year-old, who is a two-time grand slam winner, enjoyed a fairly successful season this year as he reached the final of the Australian Open, the semi-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon and the fourth round of the US Open. 

While Murray was unable to add to his grand slam tally this year, he still won four singles titles at the ATP BMW Open, Mutua Madrid Open, AEGON Championships and Rogers Cup. 

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Other Winners: 

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Dan Carter

Young Sports Personality of the Year: Ellie Downie

Coach of the Year award: Michael O'Neill

Lifetime Achievement Award: AP McCoy

Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews

Sport's Unsung Hero: Damien Lindsay