Chris Hoy named BBC Sports Personality of the YearDecember 15th, 2008 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec.15 (ANI): Triple Olympic champion Chris Hoy delivered one of the shocks of the sporting year on Sunday night when he overcame Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Hoy’’s remarkable achievement in collecting three sprint titles in China made him Britain’’s most successful Olympian in a century, but the Scot was only third-favourite to win on Sunday night, reports The Telegraph.
Hoy’’s achievement was not lost on the public who vote for the award winner. He was a hugely popular choice among the 9,000 spectators in the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Assisted by a concerted campaign in Scotland to have his feats recognized, Hoy defeated Hamilton, who was runner-up for the second successive year despite becoming the youngest ever Formula One world champion, and double Olympic swimming gold medallist Adlington, the favourite, was third.
Hoy won his three gold medals in four days in Beijing to add to the silver medal won at the Sydney Olympics and the gold secured in the kilometre time-trial in Athens.
He becomes only the second cyclist to win the award in its 54-year history, following Tommy Simpson’’s victory in 1965, after winning the team sprint, keirin and individual sprint.
Hoys” achievement capped a hugely successful night for British Cycling whose achievements in underpinning Team GB’’s record-breaking performance in Beijing was recognized.
The team Hoy led in Beijing was named team of the year, and performance director David Brailsford was named Coach of the Year for steering his team to eight gold medals.
Hoy’’s triumph came over a field of 10 contenders that contained six other Olympic champions as well as Hamilton, US Open runner-up Andy Murray, the only candidate not to attend the ceremony, and undisputed light-heavyweight world champion and least year’’s winner Joe Calzaghe.
His brother Jack, a teammate in the 1966 World Cup winning team, who described him as the best footballer I ever saw, presented Sir Bobby Charlton with a lifetime achievement award for his 50-plus year career as a player, director and ambassador for Manchester United.
It was a very moving moment, Bobby Charlton said. All I ever was was good at was football, but that reception was beautiful.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was named Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for his sprint treble of 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay golds.
Double Paralympic swimming gold medallist Eleanor Simmons was named young sports personality of the year, former England rugby international and Radio 5 Live commentator Alistair Hignall received the Helen Rollason award at the end of a year that saw him retire from full-time work because of the effects of multiple sclerosis. (ANI)
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