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Ben Stokes has been crowned BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after a stellar 2019.
The England cricket star formed part of the World Cup-winning one-day side that captured the nation in the thrilling super-over finale.
Stokes, 28, also produced one of the finest innings from an England batsman to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat in the third Ashes test at Headingley.
He beat off stiff competition, with six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing runner-up, with Team GB’s 200m sprint world champion Dina Asher-Smith finishing third.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Raheem Sterling, and Alun Wyn Jones made up the rest of the nominees.
Elsewhere at the ceremony, the England cricket team won Team of the Year and Sporting Moment of the Year thanks to Jos Buttler’s dramatic stumping against New Zealand in the World Cup final.
Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson won the Lifetime Achievement award, while Asher-Smith’s trainer John Blackie won Coach of the Year.
England players react to Stokes’ win
Stokes reacts to SPOTY award
First of all, I think congratulations to all the nominees. What you’ve managed to achieve as individuals and do for your sport is simply sensational so well done to you too.
“There’s so many people you feel you have to thank when you’re up here. It’s an individual award but I play a team sport and one of the great things about that is you get to share special moments with those team mates, coaches and without that effort you put in, I wouldn’t be up here receiving this award so thank you so much.
“Two years ago was a tough time for me in my life and I’ve had so many people help me through that. My fantastic manager and friend Neil Fairbrother, you’re more than an agent, you’re an incredible man. I don’t know how you’ve put up with Andrew Flintoff and me, you and Audrey you’re incredible people.”
“My parents, they live on the other side of the world, they don’t get to share moments like this, the World Cup and be there with me but the time you dedicated to me growing up, the selflessness to get me to training camps and around the country, this is for you. I love you so much, thank you.
“To my amazing wife, Claire. Family to me is more important than what I do for a living. It puts perspective on everything, after the good and bad days they are there for me no matter what. My two kids too, they are awesome I love you so much.
“Back to Claire, you’re a rock. You always have been. You always will be. I wish you could come here and share it with me, you deserve it just as much. I love you so much and I’m so proud to call you my wife.
“I’m guessing I should leave it there.”
Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Ben Stokes caps a remarkable year to win BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019!
The England hero played a huge part in the World Cup win, as well as producing one of the greatest innings in Ashes history in the third test at Headingley.
Second Place – Lewis Hamilton
The Mercedes driver comes runner-up after winning his sixth World Championship.
Third place – Dina Asher-Smith
A bronze medal to go with her gold and silvers at the World Championships in the summer.
Time for the main event
It’s time to find out who the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 is!
Here are your nominees:
Raheem Sterling (Football)
Alun Wyn-Jones (Rugby Union)
Ben Stokes (Cricket)
Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics)
Gareth Thomas has arrived!
He’s done it! 500 miles from Cardiff to Aberdeen to deliver the SPOTY trophy.
What an effort from the former Wales rugby star, who has done it in aid of Sport Relief.
England Cricket win 2019 Team of the Year and Moment of the Year
England’s one-day cricket team have won the 2019 SPOTY Team of the Year after their World Cup-winning exploits.
They beat off competition from the likes of Champions League winners Liverpool.
Their dramatic super-over climax against New Zealand in the final also won Sporting Moment of the Year.
Eoin Morgan said:
“It only tells a short part of the four-year journey we’ve been on. Throughout the whole of the World Cup campaign people showed faith, love and support and we’re extremely grateful for that.”
“On behalf of the players, coaching staff and the England & Wales Cricket Board, thank you very much.”
Jason Roy added:
“It’s been huge for cricket across the UK. For us to work so hard across the four years and for it to come to that moment, it’s incredible.”
SPOTY pays tribute
The SPOTY awards now pays tribute to all those great sporting figures who we’ve lost in the last year.
Among them England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, cricketer Bob Willis, boxer Patrick Day and tragic footballer Emiliano Sala.
Tanni Grey-Thompson wins Lifetime Achievement award
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has won the SPOTY Lifetime Achievement award.
The paralympian is a five-time world champion, six-time London Marathon winner, and has broken over 30 world records on the track.
She is given a standing ovation from the crowd before receiving the award from Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy.
“I never thought as a young Welsh girl, when I had a dream, of actually playing rugby, when I was watching this night on TV that I’d be sat in the audience, let alone on the stage.
“Growing up, I tried multiple sports, but I was so fortunate that I found something that I love and became good at it. There were so many people, volunteers, who gave up their time and I wouldn’t be here without them so thank you so much.
“For young people today we have to make sure they have an opportunity to get active and play sport.”
“Twenty years ago, Nelson Mandela said sport has the power to change the world. To my friends and family that helped me, thank you for putting up with me.”
John Blackie wins Coach of the Year
John Blackie has won Coach of the Year.
The man who helped Dina Asher-Smith win gold at the World Championships joins the Team GB athlete on stage to collect his award.
Asher-Smith won the 200m title in Doha in addition to two silvers, a year after winning triple European gold, and has worked with Blackie since the age of 8.
He said: ”The journey has been fantastic. I can say on behalf of all the volunteer coaches out there, this is what you can do, so don’t give up, this is what you can achieve.
“Dina is special to coach.”
Asher-Smith said: “I cried on the train on Wednesday when I found out. He’s so inspirational and selfless. He doesn’t have favourites. He deserves it so much, I’m really happy.”
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