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Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2010, Tony McCoy

Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2010, Tony McCoy

Jockey Tony McCoy is Sports Personality of the Year

Jockey Tony McCoy is Sports Personality of the Year

Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2010, Tony McCoy

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."

PA