Radcliffe is BBC Sports Personality of 2002
top distance runner, Paula Radcliffe MBE, was tonight crowned BBC
Sports Personality of the Year after 619,577 viewers voted for her.
is the first woman in over a decade to be honoured with the accolade.
2002 Paula seemed destined to be remembered for the medals that
got away, but it has been a triumphant year for her.
included smashing the world record for the marathon in Chicago by
89 seconds and taking first place in the London Marathon; the Commonwealth
Games 5,000m; European Championships 10,000m; and the World Cross
thanked her husband Gary Lough, her coach Alex Stanton and her physio,
runners up in the Sports Personality poll were last year's winner
David Beckham and Champion Jockey Tony McCoy with 113,539 and 87,972
European Ryder Cup Team were give the Team of the Year award after
beating off close competition from Rhona Martin's curling team that
won gold at this year's Olympic Winter Games and Arsenal.
Ryder Cup Team provided one of the biggest upsets this year as they
beat the fancied American team in a fantastically exciting competition.
Arsenal did not miss out altogether as Patrick Viera presented his
successful manager Arsene Wenger with the Coach of the Year award.
His team did the "double" - winning the FA Cup and the
Premiership last season.
Best was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition
of his brilliant footballing talents for Manchester United and Northern
award was presented by another of football's greats, Sir Bobby Charlton.
footballing superstar Ronaldo scooped the Overseas Sports Personality
of the Year award.
was instrumental in his country's win over Germany to take the World
Cup this summer, winning the Golden Boot on the way.
with the football theme, this year's Young Sports Personality award
went to Evertons rising star Wayne Rooney.
Manager Sven Goran Eriksson presented the Premiership's youngest
ever goalscorer with his award.
Helen Rollason Award was this year won by Jane Tomlinson.
Jane is terminally ill with cancer, but despite the odds has proved
herself to be an outstanding sportswoman.
her diagnosis she has done the London Marathon, finished in the
top half of the field in the London Triathlon and beat her husband
by four minutes in the Great North Run.
doing all this she has raised over £100,000 for Cancer Research
the results were broadcast tonight (Sunday 9 December 2002) live
on BBC ONE during BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
for media use only, are available on the BBC's digital picture board.
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