Sports Personality of the Year 2013 as it happened

Text commentary and reaction as Andy Murray wins the 60th edition of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

15 December 2013 Last updated at 17:00

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    What a show. What a sporting year. What a winner. Congratulations to Wimbledon champion Andy Murray - 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year - and all the other award winners.

    Here are the voting results which show that it was a landslide victory for Murray, the Scot scoring a whopping 56% of the vote.

    Andy Murray: 401,470

    Leigh Halfpenny: 65,913

    AP McCoy: 57,854

    Mo Farah: 51,945

    Sir Ben Ainslie: 48,140

    Chris Froome: 37,343

    Hannah Cockroft: 26,151

    Christine Ohuruogu: 13,179

    Justin Rose: 9,833

    Ian Bell: 5,626

    Total: 717,454

    And with that, we bid you farewell. Thanks for your company. It's been a pleasure. Until next time, it's goodnight from us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    Caitlin McCready: Congrats to Andy Murray! Well deserved.

    Sam Royden: Huge congratulations to Andy Murray for winning Sports Personality of The Year - fully deserved after Wimbledon!

    Kenny Buckland: Fantastic, Andy Murray. What a great guy! Absolutely a top man.

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    Can't help but wonder how Britain's sporting stars will be celebrating their 2013 achievements over the next few hours in Leeds. Sure bucket loads of champagne will be involved. Last year, winner Bradley Wiggins celebrated by climbing on stage to sing a classic from Mod favourites The Jam. Perhaps Ed Sheeran fan Andy Murray will do a satellite version of his hit 'The A Team'?! Nah, maybe not.


    Amy Jean: No question. Murray is an absolute professional. Pure dedication, drive, passion. Hero.

    Shaun Robinson: He deserved it, simple as that. I'm English and a big fan - I hope he wins a few more Slams.

    Charlie Dickens: Fantastic. Deserved to win it by a mile.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's no way of preparing yourself for that winning moment. You spend years preparing, but when it all comes together and you reach the end it really is special, and you really do appreciate every moment."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    AP McCoy, who took third place behind SPOTY winner Andy Murray and runner up Leigh Halfpenny, on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a great honour to be nominated, with such an array of talent. To finish third was amazing, Murray winning Wimbledon in an era when you've got Federer, Djokovic and Nadal is an amazing achievement. I think it was only right he should win - a fantastic achievement."

    Leeds-born BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan

    Well we really enjoyed that I hope you did too. Leeds you were a great host city. Thank you for watching and well done @andy_murray.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    2013 SPOTY nominee Ben Ainslie, who won the America's Cup with Team Oracle this year: "As in any competition, you get focused in the event itself. I had no idea what was going on at home. When we won the race, all of a sudden, all these media requests came in.

    "I was astonished. It was a huge team effort, it was amazing to be part of that team. It was great for sailing, not just the America's Cup."


    GB heptathlete, and last year's SPOTY runner-up, Jessica Ennis-Hill: Me and the hubby at Sports Personality. Such an amazing atmosphere! Great night as always.

    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Jennifer Thomas: Well deserved, Murray! He has achieved a lot over the last couple of years.

    Kathryn Louise Hutchings: Well done Andy, you deserve it!

    Ian Mcdade: Totally the right choice, no question.


    Former world welterweight boxing champion Ricky Hatton: At the BBC Sports Personality awards with [son] Campbell. Here with Luke Campbell, great prospect, great kid.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton on SPOTY Coach of the Year Warren Gatland: "Without wanting to embarrass Warren, he is streets ahead of any other coach I've ever worked with. He is not afraid to show faith in his players and every decision he makes pays off."

    BBC Radio 5 live
    Warren Gatland

    British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, the 2013 SPOTY Coach of the Year: "It's one of those awards which is a reflection of the team's performance and the other coaches. I'm the recipient of a lot of people's work."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Wimbledon champion and 2013 SPOTY winner Andy Murray on BBC Radio 5 live: "As an athlete you're used to throwing your body around and doing physical training. When you have surgery you need to take a step back and the whole process is tedious and long. But I'm close to coming out of the other side of it. I'll play my first match in 15 days time or so. But I would have loved to have been in Leeds. But I had to make the right decision for my back and career and preparing best for the Australian Open. That means I had to stay here, but hopefully that will go to plan in a few weeks' time."


    Chris Chang: Who would have thought Andy Murray would win an award with "Personality" in the title. Still, amazing year for the Scot.

    George Beard: Well done Murray! Sad to not see neither Rose or Farah in top three.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Andy Murray on BBC Radio 5 live: "There are some amazing names on this trophy. Anyone who knows me knows Im love sport, all different sports. Growing up I tried so many, I can't name all of them. There are some pretty special names on here, so it's nice to have my name on it.

    "I remember watching SPOTY from a very young age. I went down to Young SPOTY when I was 16 or 17, and I remember that was the first time I'd really have to speak in front of a large number of people. It was an incredibly nerve-racking experience. It was pretty tricky."

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    We're still going strong on BBC Radio 5 live, which you can listen to by clicking the link at the top right of the page. They're having a chat to Andy Murray, the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year....

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller: "I think the British public now officially loves Andy Murray. It's been a slow burning relationship, but what happened last year, the tears after losing the Wimbledon final and then doing the Olympic-US Open double followed by his Wimbledon triumph this year. People who perhaps didn't get to know Andy properly, may now finally realise what an extraordinary individual he is."


    Andy's brother - and fellow tennis player - Jamie Murray: Huge congrats to @andy_murray !! Fist pump celebration has to be a first for a #bbcspoty winner!

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    Social media is awash with 'Fergie-time' gags about SPOTY over-running because of Sir Alex Ferguson's lengthy speech. Will. Not. Make. That. Joke.


    Rob Maaye: Excellent Murray has won #SPOTY thoroughly deserved. Great to see lions win team of year, Gatland gets coach and Halfpenny gets second...

    David Patterson: Really happy for Andy Murray. His career is a great story. May not have an exciting "personality" but he's a winner.

    Lee Hicklin: Won't begrudge Murray winning #spoty, but thought Froome's achievement was greater - he didn't even make the top three?!

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    Andy Murray is the fourth tennis player to win the award in its 60-year history, after Ann Jones in 1969, Virginia Wade in 1977 and Greg Rusedski in 1997.

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    More from Andy Murray, who seemed to be struggling to hold back tears: "And finally I'd like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much sport over the last couple of years. It has made a huge difference. I know sometimes I'm not the easiest person to support but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I'm glad I managed to do it.

    "No matter how excited I try to sounds my voice always sounds boring - that's just my voice, I'm sorry! I'm very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone."

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    An emotional Andy Murray on a video link from Miami: "Thanks to Martina Navratilova for giving this to me. She's possibly the greatest tennis player of all time.

    "I've got a few people to thank - my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They've supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn't have done it without you. My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They've been with me for a long time and I also couldn't have done it without them. Thank you to all of them."

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    Andy Murray

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is on hand in Miami to present Wimbledon champion Andy Murray with the iconic silver-plated four-turret lens camera trophy. The Scot has had a tremendous year, ending Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion this summer.

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    Bit of a surprise this one - Wales and Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny takes the runners-up gong. Not that he doesn't deserve it mind. Halfpenny has enjoyed a sensational 2013. Not content with picking up the player of the tournament award in the Six Nations, he was also named man-of-the-series in the victorious Lions tour of Australia.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson is joined on stage by last year's winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, who opens a big gold envelope to reveal horse racing legend AP McCoy finishes third. The Northern Irishman became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners in November.

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    So here we go. Straight after Fergie, the top three will be announced...

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    Justin Rose

    Three - the career-high ranking Justin Rose achieved when he held his nerve to win his maiden major title in June to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open.

    His next challenge? The 2014 Masters at Augusta.

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    Another Manchester United knight of the realm - Sir Bobby Charlton - brings out the award. "Sir Bobby is one of the reasons I existed as long as I did at Manchester United in the early days - he believed in me," says Fergie. "What a welcome from Leeds - I'm used to you booing me," jokes the Scot.

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    Opera singer Russell Watson serenades Sir Alex, who looks almost embarrassed at the acclaim he receives from the standing crowd. A host of Manchester United legends - and his replacement David Moyes - greet the Scot as walks on to stage. Cristiano Ronaldo appears on screen to pay tribute to his "father of football" and talks about how he wanted the number 28 shirt at Old Trafford before being given the iconic United number seven shirt by Fergie. "You're the number one," gushes the Real Madrid superstar.

  32. 2148: 

    Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson usually does not receive the warmest welcome in the city of the Red Devils' fierce rivals Leeds - but tonight is totally different. Ferguson, who retired in May after 26 glittering years, steps up to receive a special BBC Sports Personality Diamond Award.

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    Christine Ohuruogu

    Four thousandths - the winning margin for Christine Ohuruogu as she became the first British woman to win two athletics World Championship crowns when she won 400m gold.

    Her next challenge? Reclaim gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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    Take a look at the best images of the night from inside the arena on our Facebook gallery.

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    Andy Murray

    40C - the temperature on the hottest day of the year when Andy Murray ended Britain's 77-year wait for a British men's singles champion at Wimbledon when he beat Novak Djokovic.

    His next challenge? A first Australian Open title in January.

  36. 2142: 

    We have a poignant moment to remember the sporting stars who have sadly died over the past 12 months, including legendary horse racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil and motor racing driver Maria De Villota.

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    It is all well and good having a team of stars - but they are nothing without a top coach masterminding their success. Cycling guru Sir Dave Brailsford, Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl and Lions coach Warren Gatland are in the running - and it is the latter who wins it. "Great players make great coaches, " says the humble Gatland - in direct contradiction to me. He knows better...

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    AP McCoy

    75,000 - the number of miles on average that AP McCoy travels to and from courses each year. McCoy became the first rider to achieve 4,000 career jumps winners with victory at Towcester, nearly 1,500 clear of his nearest rival.

    His next challenge? To become champion jockey for the 19th time.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year Sebastian Vettel won his fourth successive Formula 1 World Championship this year, with four races still to go.

    The Red Bull driver, 26, won the final race in Brazil to equal a record of nine consecutive F1 victories set by Alberto Ascari between 1952-53.

    He also matched Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a single season.

    German Vettel joins legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Schumacher as a four-time champion.

    "Sorry I can't be there," said Vettel via a recorded video message. "It's a very special award as I like to collect trophies. I think I have a special place to put this one. It's been a special year."

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    A quick time check - you have just under TEN minutes to get your vote in for the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year.

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    It's been another great year for Britain's Carl Froch, who retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles with a ninth-round stoppage of George Groves having already gained revenge on Mikkel Kessler with a thrilling win on points at London.

    "It's been a great year," he tells Clare Balding. "My first career defeat was against Mikkel Kessler, and I got he chance to avenge that defeat this year and become a four-time world champion."

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    Leigh Halfpenny

    21 points - the number of points Leigh Halfpenny scored in the deciding third Lions Test as the Lions secured a 41-16 win to end a 16-year-wait for a series victory.

    His next challenge? To help Wales win the Six Nations for the third time in a row - a feat which no team has achieved.

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    Smiling Lions captain Sam Warburton collects the trophy from Australian Mark Webber. Sure Webber loved that one. "It is incredible to win this," says Welshman Warburton. "It is not just the 15 guys on the pitch but, with all the backroom staff, there are about 80 people in the group all working hard. It is a great achievement."

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    The British & Irish Lions secured their first Test series win in Australia for 16 years earlier this summer.

    With the series poised at 1-1, his side crushed the Wallabies in the final match as they racked up 41 points in Sydney to secure victory in style.

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    The three contenders for Team of the Year are: The British & Irish Lions, Team Europe's women golfers and cycling's Team Sky.

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    Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, who have both retired from their respective sports this year, are on stage to present the Team of the Year award.

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    Georgie Webb: I love Sports Personality Of The Year - so much respect for all the athletes.

    Rachel Williamson: Crying at all the montages on SPOTY

    Jonathan Saville: Watching SPOTY is just confirming to me that the world does indeed revolve around Yorkshire!

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    It would be a gross understatement to say 2013 has not been a bad year for Wigan. First, the Lancashire town's football club - Wigan Athletic - won the FA Cup before rugby league counterparts Wigan Warriors won both Super League and the Challenge Cup. "There's something in the water here," says now-departed Warriors star Sam Tomkins.

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    Chris Froome

    83 hours, 56 minutes and 20 seconds - the time Chris Froome spent in the saddle as he covered 3,404km to win his first Tour de France title in July, a year after finishing runner up to Sir Bradley Wiggins.

    His next challenge? To achieve a back-to-back victory in cycling's showpiece race.

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    Anne Williams receives a standing ovation before the award, presented by Alan Hansen - captain of Liverpool on that day at Hillsborough - is accepted on her behalf by her daughter Sara, son Michael and brother Danny.

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    Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams, who died in April, is awarded the The Helen Rollason Award.

    Anne fought tirelessly for a new inquest into her son Kevin's death in the 1989 football tragedy.

    The award - named after TV presenter Helen Rollason, who died aged 43 in 1999 after fighting cancer - is given for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.

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    If you choose to vote via you'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK.

    Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register. Terms and conditions apply. Voting will be open for 35 minutes.

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    Voting is now open for Sports Personality of the Year 2013. You can vote by phone or online. Voting is open for 35 minutes.

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    Looking back on his historic Wimbledon win, Andy Murray said: "It's been tough. I've been trying to achieve that for a number of years now. In the couple of weeks and months afterwards, I found it hard to come to terms with but I've started to get used to it more. It's great to finally get over that hurdle as there was a bit of pressure for me to do it."

    Gary Lineker asks whether he can go defend it? "No one has asked me that yet! I'll give it a go. Trying to recover from the back surgery. If I'm fit and ready and I've got the support behind me, I've got a chance."

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    And right on cue, he here is. A grinning Andy Murray live from Miami on a video link - looking very relaxed as he stands by an outdoor pool...

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    Judy Murray

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray can't attend tonight's event - he is currently in Miami training ahead of his return from injury on Boxing Day. So instead he has sent mum Judy to speak on stage on his behalf. The things mums do eh?

    "It has not been easy for him since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski retired and having to shoulder that expectation and burden of becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon in so many years. I know how hard he's worked for many years and it was always his dream to win Wimbledon from a young age. To see him do it in July was quite extraordinary."

  57. 2057: 
    Mo Farah

    17 - the number of miles Mo Farah covered a day in the build up to the World Championships where he achieved the 'double-double' by winning the 5,000m and 10,000m to add to his 2012 Olympic success in the same events.

    His next challenge? The 2014 London Marathon.

    Farah couldn't make it to SPOTY tonight as he's training out in the United States.

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    SPOTY nominee AP McCoy reached the unprecedented mark of 4,000 winners last month. "I dream a lot," he tells Clare Balding. "I think I can ride 5,000 winners - and my wife will kill me for saying that - but the main goal is to become champion jockey." If he does so, he'll achieve the feat for the 19th consecutive season.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Shooter Amber Hill, who won the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, on BBC Radio 5 live: "This year has, honestly, been the perfect year for me. I went and won gold at the World Cup at senior level. Winning this now is just incredible, and I couldn't have done it without the support of my friends and family.

    "I just fell in love with shooting from the day I tried it. When I was 10 I just thought I'd give it a go with my granddad who did it. I actually did it because I didn't want to watch my brothers play rugby in the freezing cold!

    "This is my first year of competing internationally. I just can't believe it - amazing."

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    Britain's Tour de France winner Chris Froome (or Chris Zoom as he is dubbed by Gary Lineker) still looks shell-shocked by his success as he stands on stage to talk about his brilliant 2013. "It has been a tough uphill battle but worth every second of it," says the Kenya-born star. And in the city where next year's Tour de France starts - Leeds - he adds: "To have the Tour de France coming here, as a defending champion, it doesn't get any better. As a kid I would have killed to see the Tour de France coming past my front door. People here have that chance."


    Amy Portman: Sports Personality of the Year is a Christmas tradition.

    Rebecca Lees-Smith: This programme makes me so proud to be British.

    Jas Gill: I'm actually getting quite emotional at Sports Personality of the Year!

  62. 2047: 
    Hannah Cockroft

    Six - the number of world and Olympic titles wheelchair Hannah Cockroft has won in the last three years after winning gold in the T34 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Lyon this year.

    Her next challenge? The 2016 Rio Games, competing in the T34 200m and 800m.

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    Andrew (see below) is spot on. Over the past 59 years, athletics has produced the most SPOTY winners and past winners include Steve Ovett (1978), Sebastian Coe (1979 - pictured below wearing a brown suit which he recently said he still gets stick over) and Kelly Holmes (2004). Is that a good omen for Mo Farah or Christine Ohuruogu?

    Sebastian Coe

    Here's a breakdown of the top-winning sports:

    17 - Athletics

    6 - Formula 1

    5 - Football

    5 - Boxing

    4 - Cricket

    4 - Cycling

  64. 2042: 
    Amber Hill

    In 2013, the Amber Hill, 16, from Berkshire became the youngest winner of a senior World Cup in skeet shooting.

    Hill finished the season ranked number one senior in Great Britain and number five in the world.

    She has pipped athlete Dina Asher-Smith and golfer Charley Hull, who were also shortlisted for the prize by an expert panel.

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    Triathletes Non Stanford, the 2013 world champion, and Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are on stage to hand out the second award of the evening - Young Sports Personality of the Year...

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    World 400m champion and SPOTY 2013 nominee Christine Ohuruogu is next up on stage and tells Gabby about her pledge to visit every school in Newham where she grew up. "Since I started it last year, I have done over 30 schools," she said. "I still have a lot to do, but I really love doing it. The kids are so happy that you come in. That's makes me feel really humbled."


    Andrew Harvey: Re 2009. My guess would be athletics?


    Chris Froome: Great to be in Leeds for the @BBCSpoty awards #spotyselfie

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Maggie Forber, who along with her husband Joe won the Unsung Hero award, on 5 live: "We started when we were school teachers, and it was a boys school. Joe ran the team, and all I could do was sit and score the matches. It went from there.

    "I found that overwhelming, receiving that award just now. We felt very humbled, because today we've been with so many other wonderful people who have done work with their sports. I just didn't believe it could be us."

    Listen to the BBC Radio 5 live coverage of SPOTY right now.

  70. 2035: 
    Ian Bell

    562 - the number of runs Ian Bell scored, at an average of 62.44, to equal the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton back in 1948, as England beat Australia 3-0.

    His next challenge? The current Ashes series down under.

  71. 2033: 

    England's world squash champion Nick Matthew cannot be at this evening's event in Leeds - but that has not stopped him getting involved in some #spotyselfie fun.

    "Hope everyone having a great night @BBCSPOTY. Best wishes from Jersey Airport!" tweets the Yorkshireman.

    Nick Matthew
  72. 2029: 
    DISABILITY SPORT- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson: "Paralympic momentum continues amid classification puzzles. More World and European success for GB.

    Athletics heroes Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies and Sophie Hahn.

    Swim stars Amy Marren and Ellie Simmonds.

    European equestrian glory for Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells.

    David Stone and tandem Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall pedal to world glory.

    All eyes now on Sochi.


    Faith Aldridge: I do love the SPOTY music. There is just something about it...

    Helen Grundy: Getting a bit emosh watching SPOTY.

    Daniel Borough: I don't watch much sport but SPOTY always brings a number of tears to my eyes.

  74. 2027: 
    Ben Ainslie and Team Oracle

    110 - the number of years Britain had to wait to see one of its own sailors triumph in the America's Cup as four-time gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie took victory with Team Oracle in November.

    His next challenge? To be part of the first British team to win the 162-year-old competition.


    John Amaechi: Congratulations to Joe and Maggie Forber from @AmaechiBball on their win this evening at @BBCSPOTY for national Unsung Hero Award

  76. 2023: 

    Joe and Maggie Forber have been given the award for their work promoting basketball in Manchester.

    Joe has coached for more than three decades and has worked with thousands of youngsters, including John Amaechi, who went on to play in the NBA.

    Wife Maggie has worked as an administrator and official for Greater Manchester Community Basketball, the club they helped to set up in 1997.

  77. 2022: 

    It's time for the first award of the evening; the BBC Sports Unsung Hero, which will be presented by boxing duo Nicola Adams and Amir Khan...

  78. 2021: 

    Justin Rose had a memorable 2013 as he clinched his maiden major title in June to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open. After tapping in his final putt on Fathers' Day, Rose looked up to the sky with tears in his eyes, and admitted later to thinking of his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002. "That was special," says Rose, who is not at tonight's event, in a video looking back at his memorable 12 months.

  79. 2019: 

    Four members of Europe's victorious Solheim Cup team, who won women's golf premier team event on American soil for the first time, discuss their success on stage. Two of the players - teenager Charley Hull and veteran Catriona Matthew - are at the opposite ends of their career but both describe their success as "amazing". Then, Sheffield youngster Matthew Fitzpatrick - the first Englishmen to win the US Amateur Championship - gets a huge ovation from the Yorkshire crowd.

  80. 2016: 
    FOOTBALL- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko: Sir Alex Ferguson waved farewell to Manchester United after lifting the Premier League title - again.

    Swansea and Wigan claimed the domestic cups. Bayern Munich conquered Europe.

    Tearful David Beckham retired. Gareth Bale became the £85m man. Biting Luis Suarez was banned.

    England excited, but not expectant, after reaching next summer's World Cup. But the drought continues for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  81. 2014: 

    For the best photos from the Sports Personality of the Year red carpet, check out the BBC Sport Facebook gallery and Instagram pages.


    Lisa: #spotyselfie

  83. 2013: 

    Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, who has broken 24 world records, tells Clare Balding that she "truly believes" she can repeat her Paralympic success in London when the Rio Games rolls round in 2016. Cockroft is the first Paralympian to make the list in a non-Paralympic year and also the youngest of this year's contenders at 21.


    Danny Simpson: Wife and kids watching X Factor final . Not me, I'm in the other room watching #SPOTY

    Scott: So many big names in Leeds tonight!

    KSTANDRED: Always loved SPOTY as a kid. Religiously watched it with the old fella when he was still here.. Part of Christmas.

  85. 2009: 

    Fifteen years after turning pro, Justin Rose finally tasted champagne at its sweetest when he clinched his maiden major title in June to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open. The 32-year-old was also the first English player to win any major since Nick Faldo in 1996. In his victory speech, he paid tribute to his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.


    If you haven't already got involved through our various social media outlets, then here is another quickfire quiz question to entice you into interacting with us. So tell us, which sport do you think has produced the most winners of SPOTY in the past 59 years? Tweet using #SPOTY or text on 81111.

  87. 2006: 

    It's Sir Ben Ainslie's chance to take to the stage, with Gary Lineker asking the questions. "I was a little bit embarrassed when I got back from the America's Cup and I saw some of the headlines where it said 'Ben Ainslie's team' - but I was just part of a team," he said.

    Ainslie also paid tribute to his friend and Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson who died when he was trapped under the upturned hulls of his boat after a capsize during training earlier this year.

  88. 2003:  
    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds, who was on the 12-strong shortlist for the 2012 prize won by Bradley Wiggins, said she felt proud to be at the event again.

    The 19-year-old, who won the 2008 Young Sports Personality honour at the age of 14, said: "It was incredible to win the award. It was just after the Beijing Games where I got two golds, so it was really great.

    "I really enjoy coming. It's a great night to celebrate British sport. Last year we had three Paralympians on the shortlist and have one [Hannah Cockroft] again this year and we need to keep going."


    Sir Chris Hoy: Backstage, ready to head out at SPOTY. Amazing crowd and venue!

  90. 2001: 
    CRICKET- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt: For England, the Ashes were won and are about to be lost.

    There was the great escape in New Zealand, a Kiwi hammering at home, a near miss in the Champions Trophy final.

    Durham ruled the County Championship, Northants the kings over 20 overs, Notts reign at 40.

    England's women regained the Ashes but surrendered the World Cup.

    Farewell Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.

  91. 1959: 

    It was an awesome year for the British & Irish Lions, who ended a 16-year wait for a series win with victory over Australia in the deciding third Test in Sydney. Leigh Halfpenny, one of the 10 nominees, leads the victorious team out onto the stage to have a chat to Gabby Logan. He jokes that being voted Wales' sexiest man was a high point of his year.

    Darren Campbell, BBC Radio 5 live at the First Direct Arena

    "We all know there are other sportspeople out there who have done amazing things, but if they're not in the public's consciousness they don't end up in the top 10."

    Listen to the BBC Radio 5 live coverage of SPOTY right now.

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    "The view from the stage."

  95. 1955: 

    Late surges have become a feature of Christine Ohuruogu's career, but few have been finer than the one she produced in this year's World Championship 400m final. The 29-year-old snatched victory from defending champion Amantle Montscho in a photo finish. The gap was just four thousandths of a second, but it was enough to become the first British female athlete to claim to world titles and secure a new national record.


    Colin Holmes: Sir Bradley. Dapper.

    Ben Bell: Leeds Arena looks fantastic.

    Minty Martin: Watching #SPOTY gives me shivers down my spine...

  97. 1953: 

    Votes for Sports Personality of the Year can be cast by phone or, for the first time, through You'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK to vote online. Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register (URL link). Terms and conditions apply.

    But DO NOT vote yet. We'll let you know when you can.

  98. 1951: 

    Great Britain heptathlete Jessica Ennis and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand are sat side-by-side as we see a host of former winners parade on to the stage. The likes of John Surtees, Ann Jones and Brendan Foster - winners in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s - walk out ahead of modern-day greats including Joe Calzaghe and Chris Hoy. Current holder Sir Bradley Wiggins - for once in his glorious career - comes in at the back of the field carrying the trophy.

    Judy Murray

    Judy Murray, mother of SPOTY 2013 nominee Andy: "I'm hoping I don't cry tonight. Andy is really excited about tonight and very disappointed that he couldn't be here. It's such a big occasion, and all the most important people in British sport are here.

    "He's sorry he can't be here but a lot of his family are here to support him. He had back surgery about nine weeks ago and he's been out in Miami for the last three weeks. This is now a crucial part of his pre-season, so it just wasn't possible for him to do two 11 hour flights in two days to be able to come here. But of course he'll speak on the programme."


    Steffi Garrett: Sports Personality with the Garrett girls! #spotyselfie


    Chris Froome, SPOTY 2013 nominee: "I'm very pleased to be here, and it's great to see how many people have come tonight. Given the year of sport we've had here in Britain it really is an honour to be on that shortlist. My highlight has to be the Tour de France, an unforgettable experience. Winning it is something I'll treasure for the rest of my life. The Tour starts here in Leeds next year, of course."

  102. 1946: 
    FORMULA 1- A year in 60 words
    Sebastian Vettel

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto: Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen win opener. Multi 21 Seb, multi 21.

    Mercedes impress in qualifying. Ferrari start strongly but fade quickly.

    Pirelli in meltdown at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton proves wisdom of Mercedes move.

    Romain Grosjean comes of age. Mark Webber leaves on a high.

    But the year belongs to Sebastian Vettel, winning the last nine races and fourth title.


    B McElevey: It's #SPOTY time :)

    Issy: Crazy excited! #SPOTY

    James Farren: Tea and biscuits and #SPOTY. Perfect.

  104. 1944: 
    John Newman

    John Newman may not be a name you would instantly recognise but if you flick over to BBC One you will certainly know the sound of his smash hit 'Love Me Again'. The Yorkshireman is belting out this piece of pop perfection as we look back on the achievements of the 10 nominees and the sporting year.

  105. 1942: 

    This is it, folks. Time for the main event on BBC One. Welcome to BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.

  106. 1941: 

    Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion finally came to an end this summer as Andy Murray secured victory over Novak Djokovic in a dramatic final on Centre Court. Stepping onto the same court where he won Olympic gold a year previously, 26-year-old Murray beat the then world number one in three sets to collect the second Grand Slam of his career following his breakthrough triumph at the 2012 US Open.

  107. 1939: 

    As we have already reminded you on several occasions, this year's SPOTY is the 60th time that Britain's sporting heroes have been honoured. But only once has the gong been won by two people in the same year. Any ideas?

    Of course it is Great Britain figure skaters Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, who won the 1984 prize after claiming gold at that year's Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. And by telling you this little nugget of information, we can use this classic picture of Torvill and Dean - the latter wearing a garish chessboard-style jacket - celebrating with a bowler-hat wearing Elton John. Like you do...

  108. 1937: 

    Just three minutes to go until the main show starts. Flick over to BBC One - and catch the final minutes of Strictly Come Dancing - or look out for the video in the console at the top of this page shortly.

    Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    "I just held the door open for presenter Gabby Logan, looking resplendent in... you'll find out in a bit. The crowd are in their seats. The stage is set."

    Chris Hoy

    Sir Chris Hoy, one-time SPOTY winner, on the BBC Red Button: "It's a massive honour to be here and to be able to celebrate all the success we've had here in Britain. Nobody expects to win it and when I was nominated I didn't think I had a chance at all. You look across the room and pick out all the faces of legends of sport from years gone by. There's an element of nerves when you're a nominee but it's great to be a part of this tonight, celebrating all our achievements."

  111. 1931: 
    HORSE RACING- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh: A rollercoaster year saw two Newmarket trainers, Mahmood al Zarooni and Gerard Butler, banned for doping offences, Frankie Dettori back from a drugs suspension and the death of Sir Henry Cecil.

    Estimate gave the Queen Ascot Gold Cup glory. Sprinter Sacre thrilled jump racing fans.

    Auroras Encore won a safer Grand National and AP McCoy set new riding records.

  112. 1929: 
    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy ripped up the racing history books once again in November as AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when he won at Towcester on Mountain Tunes. The Northern Irishman's mark is almost 1,500 more than closest rival Richard Johnson. McCoy won an unprecedented 18th consecutive champion jump jockey title and is well placed for a 19th, just months after a spell in intensive care after a fall at Cheltenham.

  113. 1927:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    Right, what else is coming up on the BBC? You can listen to audio coverage of the ceremony in Leeds which starts in about three minutes....

  114. 1925: 

    Votes for Sports Personality of the Year can be cast by phone or, for the first time, through You'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK to vote online. Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register (URL link). Terms and conditions apply.

  115. 1923: 

    Look what SPOTY presenter Gary Lineker has "found in a cupboard" - it is, of course, the Wimbledon trophy won in 2013 by Andy Murray. "Lost anything @andy_murray?" he tweets.

    "Hands off! :-)"replies Murray, who is one of the 10 nominees for SPOTY, on the social networking site.


    Great Britain triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who lives in SPOTY host city Leeds, on the red carpet: "Leeds is the centre of sporting world so it is great it is here! It has been easy for me and brother Alistair - we have trained all day and then come down here. The BBC should hold it here every year."

  117. 1921: 
    Leigh Halfpenny

    From the Six Nations in February to the Lions Tour in the summer, Cardiff Blues full-back Leigh Halfpenny was in arguably the form of his life. The 24-year-old was named player of the tournament after helping Wales retain the Six Nations title. He then headed down under to play a crucial role in helping the Lions end a 16-year wait for a series win. The man-of-the-series scored an individual record 21 points in the deciding Test.


    Hannah Cockroft, SPOTY 2013 nominee on the red carpet: "This year has been a dream come true. Off the back of London there was a lot of pressure for me to retain my titles, so I'm really happy with how the year has gone. This nomination is a massive honour - I'm up against my idols. What's big for me is that this is in Leeds. I'm at home and happy here. To be on the shortlist is amazing - I'm just going to have fun."


    BBC Sports Personality of the Year: On the red carpet with Olympic gymnast sensation Louis Smith MBE

    Louis Smith
  120. 1916: 
    BOXING- A year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs: Floyd Mayweather still king of the ring, Amir Khan could be next.

    Bernard Hopkins rumbles on, Manny Pacquiao comes back strong.

    Scott Quigg and Darren Barker win world titles, Barker beaten in his first defence.

    Nathan Cleverly lets his world title slip, Kell Brook puts himself in the frame.

    Carl Froch thrills against Mikkel Kessler and George Groves, David Haye versus Tyson Fury blows up.

  121. 1913: 

    Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United defender, on the BBC Red Button: "I'm here to celebrate our former boss's achievements. He deserves it - we're here to give him a big hand. We'll give him a big round of applause and watch the highlights of his long, illustrious career."

    The 35-year-old also joked that he, nor his team-mates Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic who are also in attendance in Leeds, would have turned up had they lost to Aston Villa earlier today. Pleasingly for them, they didn't, running out 3-0 winners at Villa Park.

  122. 1910: 

    We're rolling along quite nicely on the red button, but don't forget we'll have BBC Radio 5 live joining us at 1930 GMT, with John Inverdale hosting proceedings. The BBC One show follows 10 minutes later, with Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan your hosts.


    During the course of the evening, we want you to share your photos of where you are following BBC Sports Personality of the Year from and who you are enjoying the show with. We want you to post your pictures using #spotyselfie and the best of these will be featured in the live text commentary, @bbcspoty and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Georgina Black: In bed revising, waiting for SPOTY #spotyselfie

  124. 1905: 
    Chris Froome

    Britain retained its grip on cycling's prized yellow jersey as Chris Froome pedalled to victory in the 100th edition of the gruelling Tour de France in July. The 28-year-old utterly dominated the three-week race, a year after finishing runner up to countryman - and 2012 Sports Personality of the Year winner - Sir Bradley Wiggins. The Kenyan-born cyclist first pulled on the yellow jersey after winning stage eight and from then never relinquished it.

    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena
    Mark webber

    Australian Mark Webber, who has quit as an F1 driver to race for Porsche at Le Mans, told me he has been revelling in his compatriots' cricketing exploits in the Ashes down under.

    "It's been beautiful, it's been a brilliant series. The whole lot of it - I've really enjoyed it. I watched the English highlights the other night, which were over in about four minutes flat. The Aussie highlights went on a bit longer," he joked.

    "We had a difficult summer over here, but Australia is a tough place to visit. I saw Stuart Broad at the British Grand Prix and I said, 'Mate, the fans get involved, the crowd get behind it and the media aren't exactly friendly down there either.'

    "It's been pretty hostile and the Aussies have certainly backed it up on the field. Mitchell Johnson has been unbelievable and it's very difficult to face him at the moment. 5-0 is probably on the cards and that's what they want."


    England and Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton on Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be given special BBC Sports Personality Diamond Award: "Well he is unique. Fortunately, he was a footballer and then went into football management in Scotland and had tremendous success from the beginning.

    "When we got him to be manager at Manchester United, we never in our wildest dream thought he would do as much as he has done. He's so brave with his decisions. He's tough, he knows how to get the players to perform at their best. He's unbelievable. He's a marvellous, marvellous man."

    Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena
    Bobby Charlton

    Sir Bobby Charlton, who won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement award, arrives. The Manchester United and England great takes time to talk to BBC Sport - no doubt about another United great who'll be featuring heavily tonight.

  128. 1901: 

    Votes for Sports Personality of the Year can be cast by phone or, for the first time, through You'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK to vote online. Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register (URL link). Terms and conditions apply.

    Leigh Halfpenny

    SPOTY 2013 nominee Leigh Halfpenny on the BBC Red Button: "I am delighted to be nominated, hugely privileged. It's been an incredible year and this is great, to be able to celebrate it tonight. To be involved in the Lions victory was something special. If Wales win the Six Nations next year it'll be a huge achievement. Tonight, I'm here to look back on the year."

  130. 1855: 
    GOLF- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts: A year of firsts. Adam Scott, first Australian Masters winner; Justin Rose, England's first US Open champion for 43 years; Phil Mickelson, first Open title; Jason Dufner, first major with US PGA win.

    Tiger Woods returns to number one, but no 15th major. And struggled with the rules. Rory McIlroy slumped. Henrik Stenson won all the cash.

    Europe's women scored first Solheim Cup win in US.

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    Getting real butterflies now. Less than an hour to go. #SPOTY

    Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    "It's like the best of the best from London 2012 on the red carpet. Triathlon medallists the Brownlee brothers - in matching blue suits - and gold medallist, Tour de France champion and last year's Spoty winner Bradley Wiggins in, what else but mod finery. No 'Susan time' this year Wiggo."

    GET INVOLVED #spoty

    The Gooner Girl: Watching the SPOTY red carpet - I love the Brownlee brothers!

    Tracy Tait: Mulled wine, candles, Christmas music and SPOTY. It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

    Sam Hughes: Cannot wait for the montages tonight on #SPOTY. Love a montage...

  134. 1849: 
    Mo Farah

    The Mobot was in overdrive this summer as Mo Farah's career reached incredible new heights by becoming only the second man - after Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele - in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the distance running events. The Briton achieved the feat in the 5,000m and 10,000 at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, just months after he broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record in the 1,500m.

  135. 1847: 
    Nigel Mansell

    Top marks to Josh (see below) who rightly identifies Formula 1 pair Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill, plus boxing great Henry Cooper, as the only three people to have been named SPOTY twice.

    Mansell, pictured above, won the prize in 1986 and 1992, with Hill (1994 and 1996) and Cooper (1967 and 1970) joining him at the top of the SPOTY pile.


    Josh Woodstock: Re 1757. Three men to have won the award twice. Henry Cooper, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill.

  137. 1843: 

    During the course of the evening, we want you to share your photos of where you are following BBC Sports Personality of the Year from and who you are enjoying the show with. We want you to post your pictures using #spotyselfie and the best of these will be featured in the live text commentary, @bbcspoty and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  138. 1841: 

    Last week, Sir Bradley Wiggins received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. This week, he struts on to the red carpet at SPOTY looking resplendent in a Mod-style pinstripe suit. That's how last year's winner rolls.

    "It was incredible to be honoured by the Queen last week," says Sir Wiggo on the BBC Red Button. "I'm fortunate now to be able to compete as a knight o the realm. It was great also for the family to be able to dress up as well."

  139. 1839: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher: The domestic season belonged to Wigan, Challenge Cup and Grand Final winners, but the year was all about the World Cup.

    England played their part in the year's greatest match, in any sport, anywhere, suffering semi-final heartbreak against New Zealand at Wembley.

    But the tournament belonged to Australia - not only unbeaten, they did not concede a try after their opening match against England.

  140. 1836: 

    Former SPOTY winner Jonathan Edwards has just described how punters had to send letters by post to vote when he claimed the 1995 gong. Imagine that. Nowadays you can vote online - which is available this year for the first time in Sports Personality's history. You can still vote by phone. If you choose to use you'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK.

    Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register. Terms and conditions apply.

    Rebecca Adlington

    Former swimmer and double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington on the BBC Red Button: "It's very cold here compared to Australia and I'm a Celebrity but I'm glad I made it back for tonight. It was nice to be in the jungle, to be part of a team out there.

    "I'm still very much involved in swimming and my passion will always be the sport, but it's nice to be able to sleep in and not have to get up at 5am! I was once nominated for SPOTY, and it was an unbelievable honour. The fact the public votes for it makes it all the more special."


    BBC Sports Personality: Live from the red carpet with former @BBCSPOTY winner Joe Calzaghe!

    Joe Calzaghe
  143. 1832: 

    As the guests arrive in Leeds, they are going down the red carpet and not only having their photos taken with the press, but are also being asked to have their photo on the Twitter Mirror and the Instastop.

    We will be featuring the best of the images in the live text commentary, but if you want to see more then go to the BBC SPOTY account on Twitter, the BBC Sport Facebook page and the BBC Sport Instagram account.


    Multiple Paralympic gold medal winner and former Spoty nominee Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson: It's always hard after the Paralympics, but the British guys did really well at the World Championships in Lyon. There's a massive chunk of young guys coming through too. Athletics is in the best shape it has been in 12 years."

  145. 1833: 

    Doing the double at a World Championships is tough, but defending them is even harder. But that's what wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft did as she retained her T34 100m and T34 200m titles in Lyon, setting a new T34 100m championship record of 17.88 seconds in the process. More success followed on the 2012 Paralympic gold medallist's return to the Olympic stadium as she triumphed in the T33/T34 100m race at the Anniversary Games.


    Former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, who won the main award in 1995: "It's pretty much the only thing I've won which I have out on display in my home. Every time I look at it, I have to pinch myself. I still can't believe I won it. It's one of the most remarkable nights of your career if you have won it."


    Adam Russell: Lazy Sunday complete. On the couch watching Ski Sunday and SPOTY.

    BARNETTSrun: SPOTY tonight. This is my alarm call for the beginning of Christmas.

    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    2012 SPOTY runner-up Jessica Ennis: "My advice to the nominees would be to just enjoy it - it is such a great evening. I was nervous last year, especially about falling up the stairs in my heels! I had a great year but I was nervous, so I'm looking forward to relaxing and watching everyone else this year."

    As the guests arrive in Leeds, they are going down the red carpet and not only having their photos taken with the press, but are also being asked to have their photo on the Twitter Mirror and the Instastop.

    We will be featuring the best of the images in the live text commentary, but if you want to see more then go to the BBC SPOTY account on Twitter, the BBC Sport Facebook page and the BBC Sport Instagram account.

  149. 1827: 
    SNOOKER- A year in 60 words
    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto: Mark Selby opens with third Masters triumph.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan ends hiatus to return and win a fifth world title.

    Ding Junhui hits his stride, winning the Shanghai Masters, Indian Open and International Championship in succession.

    Selby makes the 100th 147 at the UK Championship but Neil Robertson beats him in the final to claim the Triple Crown.

  150. 1824: 

    If you want a reminder of the 10 nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the winners in the previous 59 years then check out this Vine or Instagram video.

    Christine Ohorugu

    SPOTY nominee Christine Ohuruogu, who won 400m gold the World Championships in Moscow, on the red carpet: "My nerves are quite high at the moment. It's nothing like competing but whatever happens, I will make sure I come out smiling. This year was what we wanted and what we set out to achieve. After 2012, we just had one last push and I'm pleased to come away with what we'd planned for."

  152. 1822: 

    It was a corker of a summer for Ian Bell as he played a key role in England's 3-0 Ashes victory over Australia. His impressive tally of 562, at an average of 62, from the middle order equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton in 1948. The Warwickshire right-hander, 31, also became only the fifth Englishman to score three consecutive centuries in Ashes Tests.

  153. 1820: 

    Just a reminder that you can see the red button show live in the video console at the top of the page. Nice touch from Sir Ben Ainslie who takes some time to take some selfies with the fans who are braving the rain in Leeds.

  154. 1819: 
    Red Button

    The gallery are about to go live with the red button show, folks. Let's get this show on the road...


    BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Live from the red carpet with [wheelchair racer and SPOTY 2013 nominee] Hannah Cockroft.

    Hannah Cockroft
  156. 1817: 
    ATHLETICS- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis: The Farah show in Mo-scow.

    Another major championship, another double gold, another stellar year for Mo Farah who enjoyed a year to behold.

    Christine Ohuruogu had us in a state as she left it late but that is her trait.

    It was perfect timing. By four thousandths of a second. Ohuruogu the 400m world champion. That late dip now a lethal weapon.

  157. 1814: 

    Former SPOTY winner and 2005 World marathon champion Paula Radcliffe: This is such a tough year - as was last year. There are so many to choose from - it will come down to their personality."

  158. 1810: 

    Not long until moving pictures hit your screens folks. You'll need to hit your red button at 1820 GMT, or check out the video console at the top of this page, for live coverage of the great and good of sport walking up the red carpet.

    BBC Radio 5 live join the party at 1930 with the main show starting on BBC One at 1940. All that plus this live text commentary. What more couldyou want?

  159. 1807: 
    Ben Ainslie

    It wasn't enough for Sir Ben Ainslie, pictured above on the red carpet with television presenter Georgie Thompson, to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history when he won his fourth successive gold at London 2012. The 36-year-old wanted more - and he got it, in the most unlikely of circumstances, with victory in the America's Cup in September. Drafted in as a tactician when Oracle Team USA were 8-1 down, Ainslie masterminded a brilliant fight back to see them win 9-8 and achieve a childhood dream.


    BBC Sport Instagram account: The arena, soon to be populated by top sporting talent #SPOTY

    SPOTY arena
    Nichola Adams

    London 2012 boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams, who was born in Leeds, on Facebook: Back stage at #SPOTY. Tune in live tonight on #BBC1 at 19:40.

    Amir Khan and wife

    Former world champion boxer Amir Khan on a potential fight against American great Floyd Mayweather: "Look, it's up to Mayweather and his camp if they want the fight. He's never fought anyone like me. I'm doing mini-camps and keeping in shape. I'll take the fight hands down."

  163. 1802: 

    Don't forget that online voting is available this year in addition to via a telephone. If you choose to use you'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK.

    Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register. Terms and conditions apply.

  164. 1800: 
    TENNIS- The year in 60 words

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: Novak Djokovic started and finished 2013 in startling form.

    Rafael Nadal produced one of the great sporting comebacks from injury in between.

    And Serena Williams confirmed her all-time great status.

    But if you're British, the tennis year began and ended on 7 July, when Andy Murray became the nation's first male singles champion at Wimbledon since 1936.

    A towering achievement.

  165. 1759: 

    Sports Personality executive editor Carl Doran: "It's been hectic and it's very challenging. The arena looks amazing. The city is buzzing over Sports Personality. We've had an amazing welcome. We've got great entertainment lined up. There are a few surprises. We'll not go into too much detail. Fingers crossed it all goes well."

  166. 1757: 

    Who is up for a quick quiz question? Because we have got a bit of pub fact gold. There have been 59 winners of SPOTY since its inception in 1954, but only three men have won the gong more than once. Who are they? Answers not on a postcard please - use #SPOTY on Twitter or text via 81111.

  167. 1755: 
    BBC Sports Personality trophy

    Here's the iconic silver-plated four-turret lens camera trophy which cost a mere £1,000 when it was created in the 1950s and has found its way into the hands of such greats as Sir Stirling Moss, Ian Botham and David Beckham.

    The name of each winner is engraved on individual shields which are attached to a plinth on which the camera sits. Two more plinths have had to be added to accommodate the 59 winners which have held the trophy aloft. Who will become the 60th name to be carved onto a shield?

    Not long until we find out...


    BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Live from the red carpet with nominee Chris Froome!

    Chris Froome

    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson on the red carpet: "Tour de France winner Chris Froome is in demand on the red carpet. Can he become the third cyclist in a row to win SPOTY after Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins?"

    Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    "Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, to be given the first Sports Personality Diamond Award tonight, has just walked across the red carpet - appropriate colour - along with a former striker by the name of Denis Law."

  171. 1751: 

    As the guests arrive in Leeds, they are going down the red carpet and not only having their photos taken with the press, but are also being asked to have their photo on the Twitter Mirror and the Instastop.

    First up in front of the BBC camera is boxer Carl Froch and his missus Rachael...

    Carl Froch with partner Rachel Cordingley

    We will be featuring the best of the images in the live text commentary, but if you want to see more then go to the BBC SPOTY account on Twitter, the BBC Sport Facebook page and the BBC Sport Instagram account.


    We want to hear your views on BBC Sports Personality of the Year throughout the show. Share your views using #SPOTY with @bbcspoty, the BBC Sport Facebook page and the BBC Sport Instagram page.

    If you want a reminder of the 10 nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the winners in the previous 59 years then check out this Vine or Instagram video.


    London 2012 rowing gold medallist and former SPOTY nominee Katherine Grainger: "It was hugely flattering to be on last year's list. They have another great line up. It's hard to pick 10 people."

    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    Hundreds of people are braving the drizzle as they gather on railings outside to see the stars arrive, with F1 star Mark Webber and boxer Amir Khan among the early guests to raise cheers.

    At the head of the crowd watching celebrities make their way to the red carpet was Steve Pye, of Rothwell, near Leeds.

    "To have this arena here and open for big events like this is just fantastic," says the 63-year-old.

    "You normally hear of things happening at the NEC or Wembley, so this is great for Leeds."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    I safely walked down the stairs in my show shoes (as tricky to say as to do). Next time it'll be for real! #SPOTY

    Staircase at SPOTY

    Former Great Britain 400m runner, and Olympic silver medallist, Iwan Thomas, who finished third in the 1998 voting: Gutted missing #SPOTY tonight always an amazing night catching up with friends and being reminded how great sport is.

  177. 1741: 
    CYCLING- The year in 60 words
    Lance Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey

    BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener: Armstrong confesses. Fantastic Froome flourishes in France.

    Wiggins abandons rain and snow-hit Giro but bounces back to win British tour. Worlds a race too far for Team GB.

    Track success continues. Five golds won at worlds in Minsk. Two of James's four medals are gold. Sprint king Kenny, pursuiters Trott, King and Barker and endurance ace Yates also strike gold.

  178. 1738: 
    Liz McColgan

    Liz McColgan, who won 10,000m gold at the World Athletics Championships, on the red carpet: "I didn't have any idea I was going to win. I didn't prepare a speech. I had to 'adlib' it when I stepped on the stage at BBC TV Centre. It's very prestigious and way up there with the awards and medals I've won."

  179. 1736: 
    Liz McColgan

    Who says that SPOTY is not fun for all of the family? Not former Great Britain middle and long-distance runner athlete Liz McColgan that's for sure. McColgan, who was named the 1991 Sports Personality of the Year, is ready for the evening along with three of her children - including 22-year-old current GB steeplechaser Eilish. "All the family are ready for the BBC Sports Personality of 2013," the Scot tweets.


    Former England rugby union international Ben Cohen: "Strictly was awesome. I had a fantastic time. Sports Personality is a great institution. I wasn't really into sport before I came across rugby when I was 12. To go on and win the World Cup was amazing. These people nominated and the past winners - you don't realise what effort goes into being a great."


    Natasha Baker, double London 2012 Paralympic and European gold medallist: Looking forward to BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Leeds! Should be a fantastic night.

  182. 1733: 

    As you would expect for such an event, we are covering SPOTY from all angles. While you are hanging on every word of this live text commentary, you can watch all the arrivals on the red carpet on the Red Button from 1820 GMT, listen to BBC Radio 5 live from 1930 and then tune in to BBC One from 1940.

    If social media is more your thing then use the #SPOTY on Twitter, go to our Facebook wall or visit our Instagram page to see all the latest photos from Leeds.


    Toni Duggan, England women's footballer: From Manchester to Leeds. Looking forward to the SPOTY awards tonight.

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    As mentioned earlier, votes for Sports Personality of the Year can be cast by phone or, for the first time, through You'll need to be signed in to the BBC website and in the UK to vote online. Registering for a BBC iD is simple. Visit the Sports Personality voting page to sign in or register (URL link). Terms and conditions apply.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport presenter

    Finished rehearsals of #SPOTY...


    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson on the SPOTY red carpet: "It's pouring it down in Leeds but the guests are braving the weather and starting to arrive for the show. Ann Jones and Katherine Grainger were early arrivals."

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    RUGBY UNION- The year in 60 words
    Alex Corbisiero, Geoff Parling and Richard Hibbard celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test

    BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer: Wales were Six Nations champions again, thrashing Grand-Slam chasing England in record style.

    The Welsh-dominated Lions roared in Australia, their first series win in 16 years.

    In England, Tigers triumphed, after Saints' Hartley sinned.

    Leinster, who lost their European crown to Wilkinson's Toulon, won the Pro 12.

    New Zealand reigned supreme, shattering Irish hearts in a Dublin classic.

  188. 1723: 

    So we have heard what Justin Rose and Ben Ainslie reckon - but what do you think? Unfortunately BBC rules about fairness and impartiality mean we can't ask for your opinions on tonight's SPOTY winner. But that does not mean we can't have some fun.

    Throughout the next couple of hours, you will see a 60-word review of the year on every major sport from BBC Sport's online journalists. So we want to hear your reviews. You have 140 characters on Twitter using #SPOTY and around the same on text by sending your messages to 81111. What are you waiting for?


    Ben Ainslie, SPOTY 2013 nominee: Looking forward to SPOTY tonight.


    Justin Rose, SPOTY 2013 nominee: Show some love to all of the #SPOTY nominees tonight! Murray will be tough to beat, but wouldn't mind a podium finish!

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    BBC Sports Personality 2013 contenders

    This year, we've got a shortlist of 10 contenders for the Sport's Personality of the Year crown for you, yes you, to choose from.

    And here they are, in alphabetical order:

    Sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, cricketer Ian Bell, wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, runner Mo Farah, cyclist Chris Froome, rugby player Leigh Halfpenny, jockey AP McCoy, tennis player Andy Murray, runner Christine Ohuruogu and golfer Justin Rose.

    The winner will be decided by you, the Great British public, either by picking up your phone or heading online to cast your vote, the latter of which is brand-spanking new for this year. More details about that coming up shortly.

  192. 1717: 

    So here is the drill. We've got eight shiny trophies to dish out tonight: the Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Sports Personality of the Year Diamond Award, Helen Rollason Award, Sports Unsung Hero and, of course, the big one - Sports Personality of the Year 2013.


    Great Britain heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, who has twice finished runner-up and third in SPOTY in the past: Really looking forward to heading to Leeds for Sports Personality this evening and catching up with everyone.

    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at the First Direct Arena

    "Final rehearsals have been taking place throughout the afternoon inside the impressive new arena, which had Bruce Springsteen and Elton John among the venue's opening acts in the summer.

    "The stage's backdrop is a host of glittering trophies, with the names of prominent guest seats near the front reading like a who's who of sport.

    "Twenty past winners are expected to attend as a 12,000-strong audience sees the 60th victor of the famous Sports Personality trophy announced at about 2200 GMT."

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    Welcome to Leeds and the brand-new, spangly, First Direct Arena. Since opening in the summer, the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Leeds indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs - who are named after a South African football club no less - have strutted their stuff at the 12,000-seater venue. Tonight it is the turn of presenters Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan to take centre stage as they host proceedings.

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    Rather like the England football team during the renovation of Wembley in the 2000s, SPOTY has been travelling around the country in recent years and giving people outside of London the opportunity to see the event at close quarters.

    The SPOTY roadshow rolls into a former industrial northern city which houses England's three-time football champions, nine-time rugby league champions, most successful county cricket team and has Olympic 2012 gold medallists Alistair Brownlee and Nicola Adams paying council tax. Does that give it away? Of course it does.

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    Fancy frocks. Sharp suits. Slick hairstyles. Tonight is the night when you get to see your favourite sporting icons glam up and celebrate their success over the past 12 months.

    As the name of the event suggests, the main award goes to the one British star whose achievement shines brighter than the rest of their peers. But a whole host of gongs will also be dished out to the great and the good over the next five or so hours. So stick your feet up, grab yourself a takeaway and forget reality television, your night starts and ends here.

  198. 1700: 
    Bradley Wiggins

    On the face of it, Bobby Moore, HRH Princess Anne and Bradley Wiggins have very little in common. Yes, they are all British. Yes, they have all met the Queen (quite often in Princess Anne's case...). But more pertinently, they have all won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    Tonight is the 60th time that a British sporting star will get their mitts on the most famous - and probably only - silver-plated four-turret lens camera in the country. But who will join the glittering roll call of 59 famous names this year?

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