Hamilton wins BBC Sports award

By on Sunday, December 14, 2014
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World Champion Lewis Hamilton has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the first time.

Hamilton, who was runner-up in the public vote contest in 2007 and 2008, beat golf's world number one Rory McIlroy and long-distance runner Jo Pavey to the accolade.

Hamilton was presented with the award during a ceremony on Sunday evening in Glasgow.

"Firstly I really want to say a huge congratulations to all the champions, I'm so proud and honoured to be amongst such great British sporting talent," Hamilton said upon receiving the trophy.

"I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who called in. I really wasn't expecting it. Tonight has been a huge reminder of how many great sportsmen we have here. I never thought I'd be standing up here. It's just a dream.

"Thank you to all the fans. I always feel we win and lose together because I feel your love when you come to all the races."

Hamilton is the first person from the world of Formula 1 to win the award since Damon Hill in 1996.

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