Andy Murray is 2012 Sport Nation Sportsperson of the Year

 

Andy Murray has been named as the BBC Scotland Sport Nation Sportsperson of the Year for 2012.

The US Open champion was one of five contenders for the award, the others being Sir Chris Hoy, Paul Lawrie, Katherine Grainger and Ricky Burns.

Murray gained the most votes from a panel of Sport Nation experts.

"It's been a great year for Scottish sport, the best year of my career so thank you very much to those that voted, I'm very proud," Murray said.

After several near misses, including four Grand Slam final defeats, 2012 was the year Murray finally made his major breakthrough with an epic five-set victory over Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.

Murray's Tale of 2012

  • (January) Loses a five-set classic to Novak Djokovic in Australian Open semi-final
  • (June) Knocked out of French Open at quarter-finals by David Ferrer
  • (July) Makes first Wimbledon final, losing in four sets to Roger Federer
  • (August) Takes gold in the Olympic singles, beating Federer in the final.
  • (September) Wins first Grand-Slam, defeating Djokovic to win the US Open.

Murray also contested his first Wimbledon final, losing in four sets to Roger Federer. He gained revenge on the Swiss back on Centre Court just four weeks later, crushing Federer in straight sets to take Olympic gold.

The world number three gained the most votes despite the impressive feats of the other contenders on the shortlist.

Sir Chris Hoy became Britain's most decorated Olympian after taking two cycling gold medals at the London Olympics, taking his career tally to six golds and a silver.

Katherine Grainger won rowing gold with her partner Anna Watkins in the double sculls, having fallen just short at three previous Olympic Games, taking silver each time.

Ricky Burns made two impressive defences of his WBO world lightweight title in 2012, including a stunning fourth-round stoppage of England's Kevin Mitchell.

Paul Lawrie continued his resurgence this year, winning twice on the European Tour, and playing a key role in Europe's stunning fightback to win the Ryder Cup.

But the Sport Nation panel of experts - comprising of Alex Arthur, Lee McConnell, Liz McColgan, Susan Egelstaff, Eve Muirhead and Graeme Obree - decided that Murray's star shone brightest in an unforgettable year for Scottish sport.

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