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Voting figures: Jonathan Rea was this close to beating Mo Farah for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

And he was so close to the top prize with these voting figures

By Gareth Hanna

Jonathan Rea is BBC Sports Personality of the Year runner up 2017.

Mo Farah won the the top award while paralympian Jonnie Peacock was third.

Farah got 83,524 votes and Rea was only 2,957 votes behind. Peacock earned just 18 votes more than bookies' favourite Anthony Joshua to get third with 73,429.

Rea, from Ballyclare, made history when he won the World Superbikes title for the third successive season. A huge campaign of support demanded that the 30-year-old be nominated for the first time and fans clearly backed their man by voting during Sunday evening's awards night at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Congratulations have already been pouring in:

"I'm just humbled that somebody would think to vote for me," Rea had told the Belfast Telegraph on Friday. "To vote, you actually have to pick up the phone or register online. It would mean the most if people got behind me. In Northern Ireland, we stick up for our own. If people can get behind me, we can be proud of flying the flag for our country."

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Meanwhile, Strabane coach Stephen Maguire won Coach of the Year along with Benke Blomkvist and Christian Malcolm for their work leading the GB's men's 4x100m team to World gold.

Award winners

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Mo Farah

Team of the Year: England Women's cricket team

Coach of the Year Award: Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Roger Federer

Lifetime Achievement award: Jessica Ennis-Hill

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year: Phil Foden

The Helen Rollason award: Bradley Lowery

Unsung Hero award: Denise Larrad

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