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Andy Murray named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Leigh Halfpenny finishes in second place with AP McCoy third.

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Updated 22.25

WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ANDY Murray has been named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.

British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny was second with record-breaking jockey AP McCoy third at the end-of-year awards bash.

Murray was hotly-tipped to win the prize following his Wimbledon success where he became the first Briton to win the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

The Scot is the fourth tennis player to win in the award’s 60-year history, joining Ann Jones, Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski.

“No matter how excited I try to sounds my voice always sounds boring,” Murray joked as he collected the award via video link from his training base in Florida.

That’s just my voice, I’m sorry! I’m very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.

The night’s other big winners were the Lions who were named Team of the Year following their series win in Australia while Warren Gatland collected the Coach of the Year Award.

Formula 1 champion Seabastian Vettel was named Overseas Personality of the Year and former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was presented with the Diamond Award.

Tributes were also paid to Anne Williams, the tireless Hillsborough Justice campaigner who died earlier this year following a battle with cancer.

Williams’ daughter Sara, son Michael and brother Danny collected the Helen Rollason Award on her behalf.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award winners

  • Sports Personality of the Year: Andy Murray
  • Coach of the Year: Warren Gatland
  • Team of the Year: British and Irish Lions
  • Overseas Personality: Sebastian Vettel
  • Helen Rollason Award: Anne Williams
  • Diamond Award: Alex Ferguson
  • Young Sports Personality: Amber Hill
  • Unsung Hero Award: Joe and Maggie Forber

– First published 22.01

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