The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards is a yearly event where only the top athletes of Britain are recognized by the public for their outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.
This year’s award goes to World Champion and Olympic long distance runner, Mo Farah.
In order to be considered for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, you must either be British, or live/play the majority of your chosen sport in the United Kingdom. The public is called to vote on athletes from a pre-determined shortlist. Previous winners include tennis star, Andy Murry, who is the only person to win the title 3 times; soccer great David Beckham; and Anita Lonsbrough, who was the first woman to win the award back in 1962.
This year there were 3 women and 9 men competing for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. (From right to left)
While all these athletes are incredibly talented, it was ultimately the votes of the people that determined the winner. Mo Farah took the title with 83,524 votes, just 3,000 more than runner up Jonathan Rea. Third place went to Paralympian Jonnie Peacock with a total of 73,429.
Mohamed Farah is a 34 year old Somali-born athlete who is considered to be England’s most successful distance runner. His list of titles and awards could fill up this whole article! In short, he won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in both the 5,000 and 10,000m races.
In 2017, Farah won the World Championship of Athletics 10,000m race and came in second in the 5,000m. He also won the 5,000m in the Diamond League and the Great North Run, a half marathon where he’s finished first the last 4 years running. He was even knighted this year by the Queen in Buckingham Palace!
This is his 6th time being nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, the closest he came previously was a 3rd place finish in 2011.
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