Wednesday 22 November 2017

McCoy Lands BBC award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Tony McCoy and his wife Chanelle arriving for the awards ceremony in Birmingham last night. Photo: PA
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Tony McCoy and his wife Chanelle arriving for the awards ceremony in Birmingham last night. Photo: PA

IRELAND'S Tony McCoy was last night crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 15-times champion jockey is the first person from the sport of kings to win the award.

Fifteen-times darts champion Phil Taylor finished runner-up, while heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis was third.

Antrim-born McCoy has ridden more than 3,000 winners and has claimed just about every big race in the National Hunt calendar, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and King George VI Chase.

However, it was his first victory in the Aintree Grand National aboard Don't Push It in April that finally endeared him to the wider public. It was a triumph that finally persuaded McCoy (36) to let his emotionless guise slip following so many agonising failures in the National.

He waved his whip to the crowd in sheer delight at the relief of ending his Grand National hoodoo.

Winning this award will be seen by many in the racing industry as the ultimate recognition for a career in which McCoy has rewritten the record books time and again.

Despite breaking just about every bone in his body -- some more than once -- he has dominated the sport ever since he became champion jockey for the first time in the 1995-96 season.

Not only is he by far the most successful jockey in jumps history, he also overcame the legendary Gordon Richards' all-time record total of 269 winners in a single season in 2002.

Meanwhile, David Beckham was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

Irish Independent

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