Lewis Hamilton wins BBC SPOTY 2020 as Tyson Fury misses out on top three

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Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the 2020 Sports Personality of the Year. 

Hamilton bags the award for a second time, having previously won it in 2014 and finished runner-up four times, making him one of the most prolific sportsmen in the prize's history.

Jordan Henderson finished in second place, with Hollie Doyle finishing third, with Tyson Fury not even making it into the top three after he asked people not to vote for him.

Hamilton this year became the most successful driver in F1 history. He equalled Michael Schumacher's seven world titles, but importantly surpassed his record amount of race wins, pole positions and podium finishes. 

It makes the 35-year-old from Stevenage one of the most successful sporting Brits of all-time. 

Hamilton has also been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and an advocate for equality within F1.

He has been setting records ever since he arrived at motorsport's top table in 2007, winning his first world title a year later. 

A switch from McLaren to Mercedes was the catalyst for a period of complete dominance that has seen him claim six titles in the space of seven years, the only exception being when team-mate Nico Rosberg pipped him in 2016.

There was controversy surrounding Fury's nomination for the award, after the boxer sent a legal letter to the BBC asking for his nomination to be withdrawn, something the broadcaster has refused to do.

Fury, who was shortlisted after he became the WBC world heavyweight boxing champion by beating American Deontay Wilder in February, said that the BBC is "taking away his rights" by keeping him on the list against his wishes.

"I don't want an award from someone to say I'm a sports personality," he told the Jonathan Ross Show.

"I know what I am and who I am and I know what I've achieved, I know what I've come back from.

"I don't need a glass trophy. I'm the people's champion. I don't need this glamorous trophy to say who I am and what I've done."

Elsewhere, the other nominees included jockey Doyle, six-time snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, England cricketer Stuart Broad and Liverpool football captain Henderson in a sporting year badly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Doyle broke her own record for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey before enjoying a Champions Day double at Ascot – including her first Group One aboard Glen Shiel in the British Champions Sprint.

She told PA after her nomination: "It's a massive, massive honour to be nominated. It's pretty crazy, to be honest.

"I'd be gobsmacked if I won – I wouldn't know how to react, I don't think."

O'Sullivan was nominated after his latest Crucible success, beating Kyren Wilson for his sixth global title in August. He was the first snooker player to be nominated since Stephen Hendry in 1990.

Broad took his 500th wicket in the series against the West Indies in the summer, becoming only the second Englishman after Jimmy Anderson to do so. He claimed 29 wickets in total in the five Tests against the Windies and Pakistan.

Henderson was nominated after skippering Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years, having also been their captain when they won the 2019 Champions League.

Henderson was also widely praised for his role in the #PlayersTogether campaign which raised funds for NHS charities during the pandemic.

Another footballer who emerged with huge credit from the year is Henderson's England team-mate Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United side led a successful campaign to extend the provision of free school meals for vulnerable children, and his efforts have earned him a special panel award from the BBC.

The Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2020 is 16-year-old diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, while the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year prize has been given to mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He claimed his 29th professional win – without a single defeat – over Justin Gaethje in October.

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • Tyson Fury
  • Ronnie Osullivan

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