Sir Mo Farah has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating the bookies’ favourites Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton.
The long-distance runner wound up his track career in the summer this year at the London Stadium. Just before doing so, he won the 10,000m gold at the World Championships and finished second in the 5,000m.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah upset the odds on 17 December to 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The event, which took place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, ended strangely as viewers missed out on his acceptance speech.
The screen turned blue due to a “generator failure” and the programme already overrunning.
“I honestly thought I wasn’t going to win it,” he later told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The 34-year-old was the third favourite coming into evening. Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua was the bookies’ favourite.
However, Sir Mo Farah finally won the award after a previous best finish of third in 2011.
On a night of surprises, Northern Ireland’s World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea finished second and para-athlete Jonnie Peacock was third.
SPOTY award winners:
Sports Personality of the Year – Sir Mo Farah (second, Jonathan Rea; third, Jonnie Peacock)
Young Sports Personality of the Year – Phil Foden
Lifetime Achievement – Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Helen Rollason Award – Bradley Lowery
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year – Roger Federer
Coach of the Year – Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm
Team of the Year – England women’s cricket team
Get Inspired Unsung Hero – Denise Larrad