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Andy Murray Wins BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

The Scot is a three-time winner of the trophy.

18/12/2016 21:03 GMT | Updated 19/12/2016 09:18 GMT

Andy Murray has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2016.

The odds-on favourite this year won Wimbledon, Olympic gold and became world No 1 for the first time - and has now become the first person to win the trophy three times.

Triathlete Alistair Brownlee was voted second, and show-jumper Nick Skelton third. Murray revealed his wife, Kim Sears, voted for Skelton.

Murray’s victory - ahead of 15 other candidates - means he passes two-times winners Henry Cooper, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill.

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Andy Murray is interviewed by Gary Lineker over video link during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham.

On receiving the award from boxer Lennox Lewis, Murray said:

“I want to thank everybody that voted. And all of my team, my training block in Miami who all make so many sacrifices for me. I appreciate all of their support.

“I want to thank all of my family, including my Mum in the crowd, and my Dad who just got married ten days ago. I miss you guys.

“And a huge thanks to my wife for all of her support, and my daughter, who won’t know who this means, but maybe in a few years.

“And I also have a bone to pick with my wife, who told me five minutes ago on the phone that she voted for Nick Skelton. Which isn’t wise with Christmas coming up...

“It’s been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it.”

The other winners included ...