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Hamilton named Sports Personality
15 Dec 2014 09:09
Lewis Hamilton has been voted as 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, ahead of four-time major-winner Rory McIlroy.
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The 29-year-old Formula 1 champion won 11 races this season en route to his second world title.
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Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was runner-up after winning the British Open and US PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup in 2014.
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Dubliner Paul McGinley was named Coach of the Year, after captaining Europe to a comprehensive Ryder Cup victory over the United States.
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“I need to thank the people of Scotland,” McGinley said. “Your support was huge. I had 12 great players, 12 great personalities and a great backroom team and vice captains.”
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Main-prize winner Hamilton said: "I am so speechless. Firstly I really want to say a huge congratulations to all the champions, I'm so proud and honoured to be among so much British sporting talent.
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"A massive thank you to all the people that called in, I really was not expecting it - because dude (McIlroy), you had such an incredible year.
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"Tonight has been a huge reminder of just how many great sportsmen we have here. I never thought I would be up here standing with the greats. It's just a dream."
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McIlroy won back-to-back majors when he claimed the US PGA title after winning the Open.
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The 25-year-old four-time major winner then continued his wonderful 2014 by helping Europe to a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles.
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In third place at the Glasgow ceremony was distance runner Jo Pavey.
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She became the oldest-ever female European champion by winning the 10,000 metres in Zurich aged 40 years and 325 days, and less than a year after giving birth to her second child.
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McIlroy earlier reflected on his remarkable season.
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"It was a phenomenal year," he said. "There are so many people in this room, but the common denominator in people who are the best at what they do is hard work.
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"(The Open) was the trophy I dreamed of winning as a little boy, to have my mother there was special. It makes me a little emotional. It was a special moment and one I'll cherish for the rest of my life.
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"The (Masters) Green Jacket, that's the one I'm aiming for next year, that would be the career Grand Slam, it would be a huge thing to achieve at 25 years of age."
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