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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2014-12-15 00:13:03

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver won his second Formula 1 world title after winning 11 races this season.

He joined an exclusive club by becoming the fourth Briton to win the drivers' championship at least twice.

Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was runner-up after winning two majors and the Ryder Cup in 2014, with athlete Jo Pavey third.

"I am so speechless," said Hamilton. "I'm so proud and honoured to be among such great sporting talent.

"I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who called in, I really wasn't expecting it."

Hamilton, who was runner-up to boxer Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and Sir Chris Hoy the following year, was presented with the trophy by former Scotland player and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and former England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson in front of a 12,000-strong audience at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The venue, which hosted netball, boxing and gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games last summer, was chosen in the year that Scotland hosted the Commonwealth Games and golf's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Hamilton becomes the fifth racing driver to win the award in its 61-year history, with Damon Hill ('94 & '96) and Nigel Mansell ('86 & '92) triumphing on two occasions and Stirling Moss ('61) and Sir Jackie Stewart ('73) claiming the prize once.

Meanwhile, Paul McGinley capped a triumphant 2014 for golf by winning the Coach of the Year award.

The Irishman, who is 48 on Tuesday, oversaw a 16½-11½ win over the United States at Gleneagles in September.

However, his European side were beaten to the Team of the Year prize by England's women rugby players, who beat Canada 21-9 in Paris to claim the World Cup for the first time since 1994.

The other winners were:

  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo.The 29-year-old Portuguese forward was named world player of the year 11 months ago and scored as Real Madrid won the Champions League in May.
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year: Claudia Fragapane.The 17-year-old gymnast became the first British woman in 84 years to win four gold medals at one Commonwealth Games.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Six-time Olympic gold medal-winner Sir Chris Hoy was honoured in his home country.
  • Helen Rollason Award: The Invictus Games competitors were presented with the trophy by Prince Harry.
  • Sport's Unsung Hero: Jill Stidever won the award after spending nearly 60 years teaching thousands of children with special needs to swim.

Hamilton's F1 title triumph came after a titanic, season-long struggle with team-mate Nico Rosberg in the dominant Mercedes cars.

Victory in the final race of the campaign in Abu Dhabi secured the crown for the Englishman, who took the lead at the start and controlled the race as Rosberg suffered car trouble and finished 14th.

The team also wrapped up the constructors' championship after a record-breaking season.

It is six seasons since Hamilton's only previous World Championship victory, when he won in dramatic fashion on the last lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton is known within the sport for his intuitive and daring driving style, which has seen him become Formula 1's most successful driver with 33 victories - two more than double Sports Personality winner Nigel Mansell.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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