Belfast Telegraph

Murray makes Beeb history by picking up third personality gong

By Jemma Crew

Andy Murray has become the first person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award three times.

The 29-year-old tennis star beat 15 other contenders including cycling's power couple Jason and Laura Kenny, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah to clinch the top spot.

He claimed the 2016 accolade after winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold and finishing the season as the world's top-ranked tennis player.

Receiving the award in Miami, Murray thanked his wife and daughter "who won't know what this means yet", adding "maybe in a few years she'll appreciate it".

Speaking to the 12,000-strong audience he said: "I appreciate everyone's support and congrats to all of the athletes there tonight.

"It's been an amazing year for British sport and I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee came runner-up while Olympic showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton was third in the public vote.