Wimbledon Men's Champion Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013

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By Priya Joshi | December 16, 2013 11:16 AM EST

Andy Murray is voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Andy Murray has been voted the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. 

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

He beat British and Irish Lions rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny who finished second in the public vote, while horse-racing jockey AP McCoy came in third place.

The 26-year-old Scot became the first Briton in over 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title with victory over Novak Djokovic in the summer.

Speaking via live video link from the training camp in Miami, Murray first paid tribute to 18-time Grand Slam champion, Martina Navratilova, who presented him with the award. "Thanks to Martina 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."

Paying tribute to the British public for their unwavering support Murray said: "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."

And in case there were any doubts as to his enthusiasm Murray jokingly clarified: "No matter how excited I try to sound, my voice always sounds boring - that's just my voice. I'm sorry. I'm very excited right now. Thank you very much everyone."

Reflecting on the experience of winning the title of Men's Wimbledon Champion, Murray told show host Gary Linekar: "It's been tough. I've obviously been trying to achieve that for a number of years now. But I started to get used to it a bit more. It was great to get over that final hurdle because there was a bit of pressure on me to do it."

Last Year's Winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins.

Re-living the sporting memories of the past year and celebrating it's 60 year history, the show opened with a tribute to past winners of the award, in an illustrious line up of sporting stars which saw the likes of racing driver Jackie Stewart and boxer Barry McGuigan, sharing the stage with cyclist Chris Hoy, footballer Ryan Giggs and last year's winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Speaking about the glittering event at the Leeds First Direct Arena, Wiggins said: I think to be in the company of some of the country's greatest sports men and sports women is an absolute privilege and to see so many past winners here it's an incredible evening."
 
To mark the programme's 60th year, the Sports Personality of the year Diamond Award was presented to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in May after 26 years during which he won 38 trophies.

With Man United players past and present, personally honouring him, Sir Bobby Charlton presented the award to Ferguson.

Collecting the award he began by paying tribute to Charlton, saying: "Bobby's one of the reasons I existed as long as I did at Manchester United. Because he believed in me. He believed in the direction that Manchester United were going in, in producing the young players again."

Describing the experience of being manager of one of the greatest football teams in the world he said: "I don't know how you explain it. All these lads behind me played their part and they deserve recognition for this because it was always a team effort.

"They set the bar themselves. This is a wonderful honour. Thanks to the BBC I've had a great life, a great career. I'm still busy, but I picked the right time and I'm enjoying my retirement." 

The event also saw the British and Irish Lions crowned Team of the Year after ending a 16-year wait for a series win with a 2-1 victory over Australia, with Warren Gatland making it a double celebration as he was named Coach of the Year.

Leigh Halfpenny summed up the accomplishment saying: "You do become like a band of brothers. Its about four countries coming together and achieving something special like wining the Lions series down under I feel very privileged to be a part of such an amazing group of people." 

Beating off competition from athlete Dina Asher-Smith, 15 year-old skeet shooter Amber Hill won the trophy for Young Sports Personality of the year.  Hill re-wrote the record books in 2013 becoming the youngest ever winner of the senior world cup and finished the year ranked number one in Britain and number five in the world.

Receiving the trophy an elated Hill said: "This year's honestly been incredible and I really can't believe I won this award out of so many amazing athletes that were nominated for it "

Former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen presented the Helen Rollason Award posthumously to the late Anne Williams, for her tireless campaigning for a new inquest for her son Kevin and other victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The Unsung Hero award was presented to Joe and Maggie Forber for their work with young basketball players at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.

The glittering event saw the best of British sport glam up for the night including Wimbledon women's champion Marion Bartoli, Jessica Ennis-Hill who attended with husband Andy Paula Radcliffe Sir Chris Hoy with wife Sarra, boxer Amir Khan with wife Faryal Makhdoom and recently returned from the I'm a Celebrity jungle, Olympian Rebecca Adlington.

The full list of winners follow below:

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