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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016: Andy Murray wins for a record third time

2016-12-18 22:52:17

Andy Murray

Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.

Murray, the 2013 and 2015 winner, took Olympic gold, claimed his second Wimbledon title and became tennis' world number one in a remarkable 2016.

Triathlete Alistair Brownlee was second and show jumper Nick Skelton third.

"It's been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it," said 29-year-old Murray as he accepted the award from Miami.

As he took the prize from former British boxing world champion Lennox Lewis and gathered members of his training team around him, Murray added: "I'd like to thank everyone who voted - I really appreciate your support.

"Also I'd like to thank my family. I think my mum is in the crowd there [in Birmingham]. I'd like to thank my dad as as well, who just got married 10 days ago. I miss you guys.

"A huge thanks to my wife and my daughter - she won't know what this means yet, but maybe in a few years she will.

"Actually, I've got a bone to pick with my wife because about an hour ago she told me she'd voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart from her with Christmas coming up."

More to follow.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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