Personality of the Year 2017: World 10,000m champion Mo Farah wins

The 34-year-old was presented the award on video link by daughter Rhianna.

Farah won his third successive world 10,000m gold medal in London in August, despite almost falling twice late in the race.



He becomes the first long-distance runner to win the Sports Personality award since Paula Radcliffe in 2002.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea was second and two-time Paralaympic champion Jonnie Peacock third.

Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Kenny Dalglish announced the award at a sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Farah, who was at the Sir Mo Farah Track in London, looked genuinely surprised to be named the winner before the video link cut out.

Former sprinter Michael Johnson stepped in to say a few words on Farah’s behalf.

“It’s well deserved,” he said. “This year he came into his home championships, his last race on the track, and still delivered.

“Over the years he’s dominated, he’s out there by himself and always got the tactics right.”

A third successive World Championships 10,000m gold medal was the highlight of a year in which Farah also won a world 5,000m silver, missing out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row.

The Somali-born Londoner, a four-time Olympic champion, received a knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in November.

He bowed out from his track career with a 5,000m victory at the Diamond League event in Zurich in August, and will now concentrate on road races.


Source bbc