Farah crowned 2017 Sports Personality of the Year

Farah crowned 2017 Sports Personality of the Year

17 December 2017 / 21:33
Sir Mo Farah's remarkable, inspirational and medal-filled track career has ended in fitting style by being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

No British athlete has taken track domination quite to the level of Sir Mo.

A four-time Olympic champion, the long-distance runner has made 5,000m and 10,000m races his own for years, securing the double double at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

For many that would be enough to satisfy any career, but not this 34-year-old, delivering his final swansong at the World Championships in the Olympic Stadium - performances to fully justify his title of Sports Personality of the Year.

The big favourite in any race he has competed in, whether for Team GB or British Athletics, no fewer than eight World Championship medals now occupy his mantelpiece.

Six of those have been gold too, the double-double a thing of regularity, standing on the podium twice more with 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver in front of his adoring fans.

For Sir Mo, this won't be the end of the road as he embarks on a career with a different surface, but for now he could revel in an achievement that he feared would not come having finished third four years ago.

“It is pretty amazing and hard to think about," he said.

“I didn’t imagine I was every going to win this but I anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams.

“I am sorry I couldn't be there. My kid has been not well. I just cannot believe I have won.”

Second was to go to motor cycling's Jonathan Rea while Jonnie Peacock rounded off the top three after his own performances in the stadium in London for British Athletics.

But that was far from the end of the Team GB success, as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill's inspirational and medal-laden career was rewarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Few can forget the part she played in Super Saturday at her home London 2012 Games, joining Sir Mo and Greg Rutherford emphatically atop the podium on a day few can forget.

She was to follow that in Rio, with silver, to go alongside her three World Championship titles.

But it's not just her on-track and field work that has seen her capture hearts, inspiring millions of young children to take the leap into sport.

"Oh gosh, I am completely overwhelmed, to be stood here with these incredible women who inspired me and in this incredible room," she said.

"When I first went to the track to burn some energy, I could never have imagined having the career I have had.

"Thanks to my family, who have been there with me every step of the way. A massive thank you to my husband Andy - we've been on this journey together and he's supported me the whole way.

"Along with our two children, Reggie and Olivia, I couldn't be happier and more proud.

"Also, to the people who have supported me over all those years, I'm eternally grateful."

The coach of the year award went to multiple recipients, with Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm receiving the prize

The three men behind the success of British sprinters, including the stunning 4x100m relay squad of Olympians CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili,  Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who secured gold.

The England women's cricket squad were named team of the year for their World Cup success, while Roger Federer was the overseas personality of the year.

Bradley Lowery - who won the hearts of football fans around the world during  battle against neuroblastoma,- was given the Helen Rollason award, posthumously, and Phil Foden was named the Young Sports Personality of the Year.

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