BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017 Announced

Lynette Rowe
December 18, 2017

Britain's most successful track athlete Mo Farah was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night ahead of more fancied contenders such as Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton.

But just as Farah was told of the news, the BBC's camera feed cut out, and the programme ended with viewers and the SPOTY audience staring at a blue screen as Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan tried to talk their way out of the problem.

Among the attendees were George "Doddie" Weir in his characteristic tartan suit.

Aged 17 years and 192 days, he was the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match, beating the mark set by former Chelsea player Josh McEachran.He is the first player born in the year 2000 to start a match in Europe's top-level club competition.Nicknamed the "Stockport Iniesta" after the Barcelona midfielder, he does not turn 18 until 28 May, 2018.

The distance runner, who won his sixth world championships gold medal in London this year when he triumphed in the 10,000 metres, was named the victor ahead of second-placed superbike rider Jonathan Rea and para athlete Jonnie Peacock.

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Other nominees included F1 star Lewis Hamilton, cyclist Chris Froome.

England's World Cup-winning women's cricket team won the Team of the Year prize, while 19-time grand slam title-winner Roger Federer was named overseas sports personality of the year.

Meanwhile, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill was this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award.

The Sunderland fan died in July after a courageous fight with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer - that captured hearts around the sporting world.

Bradley Lowery's parents thanked the British public for "helping them get out of bed" as they deal with their son's death as they collected the Helen Rollason Award from England boss Gareth Southgate and striker Harry Kane.

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