It has been a captivating year of sport, and as is the tradition in the United Kingdom, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is the perfect way to pay homage to the stars that have made the last 12 month unforgettable.
One of the biggest achievers over the past year was honoured at the award’s ceremony last night as he was given the Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year honour.
Record-Breaking Year For Kipchoge
The Kenyan athlete made it his goal in 2019 to become the first man to run a marathon in under two hours. That statement would have seemed crazy over a few a years ago, but Kipchoge was the man laughing as he crossed the finishing line in one hour and 49 minutes in Vienna.
His achievement in October got the world buzzing, and in the process, he also smashed his own world record. He has now accomplished more than any other marathon runner ever, as he also holds the record for quickest time in the London Marathon and has an Olympic gold medal from Rio in 2016.
The runner held off stiff competition from a host of esteemed international athletes to win the award. The winner was chosen by the British public, and Kipchoge was able to beat the likes of Ashes hero Steve Smith and USA World Cup-winning striker Megan Rapinoe.
Other notable names to have won the award since its inception in 1960 include Mohamed Ali, Usain Bolt and Roger Federer. Last year’s winner was golfing superstar Francesco Molinari.
Other Big Award Winners
The World Sport Star award was not the only accolade to be won last night, with the biggest award being the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. There have been some prestigious winners of this award since it was first introduced in 1954.
Names that have won the award include David Beckham, Sir Andy Murray and Sir Mo Farah. The public would typically vote between a shortlist of 12, but this year saw that number condensed to six.
Among the names that were included were Raheem Sterling, Dina Asher-Smith and Lewis Hamilton. However, the eventual winner was England’s cricket hero from the summer Ben Stokes.
The cricketer was an integral part of one of the most memorable moments in the sporting world this year as he scored 84 to ensure England won the ICC Cricket World Cup in the dramatic super-over against New Zealand. His summer success then extended into the Ashes series, where he almost singlehandedly kept England’s hopes alive in the third test as he scored 135 as England caught a record-breaking number set by the Australians.
The England cricket team also won the Team of the Year award for their World Cup success, while there was an emotional win for Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir as he won the Helen Rollason Award for his inspirational charity work in trying to find a cure of motor neurone disease.
John Blackie won Coach of the Year, with the award being handed over to her coach by 200-metre world champion Asher-Smith. Meanwhile, Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson won the Lifetime Achievement award for her services to Paralympic sport.