Lewis Hamilton wins

Lewis Hamilton Sports Personality of the Year award, with golfer Rory McIlroy in second and athlete Jo Pavey in third place.

Lewis Hamilton F1 Champion.

Hamilton secured his second Formula One world championship last month after edging a battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The 29-year-old, who has twice finished second in the running for the award, beat long-time favourite McIlroy in the public vote.

Speaking at the Glasgow ceremony, Hamilton told the BBC: “I am so speechless.

“Firstly I really want to say a huge congratulations to all the champions,

He is now Formula 1’s most successful driver with 33 victories – two more than double Sports Personality winner Mansell.

“I could not have done this without my amazing team, my family, my dad who once had four jobs to help me, my brother – I’ve been incredibly inspired by them,” added Lewis Hamilton.

“Thank you to all the fans. I always say we win and lose together because I feel your love. I hope I will continue to make you proud.”

Hamilton was runner-up to boxer Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and Sir Chris Hoy the following year.

He 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 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.

Picture and story credit to sky.com and BBC.com

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