BBC Sport - Sports Personality: 1955 winner Gordon Pirie
Gordon Pirie runs to glory in 1955
- From the section Sports Personality
BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner 1955: Gordon Pirie.
In 1955, long-distance runner Gordon Pirie took the second award.
The Leeds-born athlete shot to stardom by beating triple Olympic gold medallist Emil Zatopek three times.
Often clocking up more than 200 miles each week, Pirie changed many people's attitudes towards training.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is broadcast live from Belfast on Sunday, 20 December from 19:00 GMT on BBC One. Further coverage on BBC Sport's online platforms and Radio 5 live.