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Sunday 20 April 2014

'Boring' Murray crowned Sports Personality of Year

Handout photo dated 15/12/2013 of Andy Murray receiving his award for  2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Miami, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 15, 2013. See PA story SPORT SPOTY. Photo credit should read:  Josh Ritchie/BBC/PA Wire. No sales.  Internet use must be cleared with BBC Picture Publicity. This BBC picture may only be used for the purpose of publicising current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC activity. All images should be credited to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the credit field of the caption, wherever possible. For full terms and condition of use contact BBC Picture Publicity 020 8576 7863.
Handout photo dated 15/12/2013 of Andy Murray receiving his award for 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Miami, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 15, 2013. See PA story SPORT SPOTY. Photo credit should read: Josh Ritchie/BBC/PA Wire. No sales. Internet use must be cleared with BBC Picture Publicity. This BBC picture may only be used for the purpose of publicising current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC activity. All images should be credited to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the credit field of the caption, wherever possible. For full terms and condition of use contact BBC Picture Publicity 020 8576 7863.

Andy Murray has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, capping a historic year which saw him become the first British man in 76 years to win the Wimbledon singles title.

Murray had started the evening as one of the shortest-price favourites in the award's 60-year history, with best odds of 1/19 available from online bookmakers on the night of the ceremony at Leeds' First Direct Arena.

The 26-year-old Scot was not able to receive his award in person due to pre-season training commitments in Florida, and instead received it live on air from 18-times Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova.

Murray joked: "No matter how excited I try to sound my voice still sounds incredibly boring, but I'm actually incredibly excited right now. That's just my voice, I'm sorry."

Wales and Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny took second place after a year in which he was crowned player of the series in the Lions' history-making Test series triumph over Australia, with 2010 winner Tony McCoy in third place.

The Lions carried off the Team of the Year award while Warren Gatland was crowned Coach of the Year. Sebastian Vettel succeeded Usain Bolt as Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

To mark the programme's 60th year, Bobby Charlton presented a special Diamond Achievement award to Alex Ferguson.

And former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen presented the Helen Rollason Award posthumously to the late Anne Williams, for her tireless campaigning for a new inquest for her son Kevin and other victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

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