Wimbledon champion Andy Murray wins SPOTY award

Last Updated: 15/12/13 11:22pm

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Andy Murray: His Wimbledon triumph in 2013 followed Olympic and US Open success in 2012

Andy Murray: His Wimbledon triumph in 2013 followed Olympic and US Open success in 2012

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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The tennis star, who ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles triumph at the All England Club, polled more than half of the total votes cast to beat Wales and Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny into second and jockey AP McCoy into third.

Murray had been the odds-on favourite for the gong that Sir Bradley Wiggins rode away with last year but was not able to attend the ceremony in Leeds on Sunday evening, speaking instead via video link from his training camp in Miami.

"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."
Andy Murray

"I know I'm sometimes not the easiest person to support but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time and I'm just glad I finally managed to break through," he said.

"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.

"I'm sorry I couldn't be there tonight but I couldn't have got in the position I'm in if I didn't take my training and preparation extremely hard - I've been doing it for the last five or six years and I've dedicated probably the last 10 years of my life to this."

The 26-year-old, who is working his way back to full fitness after back surgery in September, is the fourth tennis player to win the award and the first since Greg Rusedski pipped Tim Henman to victory in 1997.

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 McCoy - who became the first jump jockey to reach 4,000 career wins in November - in third place.

There were further rewards for the Lions, who carried off the Team of the Year award and saw Warren Gatland crowned Coach of the Year.

Sebastian Vettel succeeded Usain Bolt as Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after a history-making season that brought his fourth consecutive Formula One world title.

Skeet shooter Amber Hill was named Young Sports Personality of the Year after a year which saw her crowned the youngest World Cup winner in her sport's history.

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