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Jockey McCoy nets BBC sports award

Jockey AP McCoy has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 36-year-old bookmakers' favourite finally won the Grand National this year on Don't Push It.

Holding the famous Personality of the Year trophy, he said: "This is an unbelievable feeling to be standing in front of so many amazing sports people."

The runner-up was darts player Phil Taylor, and athlete Jessica Ennis claimed third place.

McCoy, from Northern Ireland, has been champion jockey a record 15 times in a row and has ridden more than 3,000 winners.

His National win this year was the 15th time of trying.

He said to a packed house at the LG Arena in Birmingham: "To win this award is very surreal and obviously it could not have been achieved without the help of so many people.

"I have so many people to thank. I work in a wonderful sport, they probably spent most of the night voting for me."

He thanked his trainer Jonjo O'Neill, his wife and his family.

Speaking of his daughter, he said: "I know she'll be watching at home and I just want to say how amazing she is."

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