Athlete pips Superbikes world champion Jonathan Rea and Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, while boxer Anthony Joshua misses out despite being favourite
Mo Farah was named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday night as the presenters Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan struggled to cope with the shock result and a broken video link.
Farah did not attend the event at Liverpool’s Echo arena but remained in London and conducted a chaotic live interview from St Mary’s University in Twickenham, west London.
His daughter Rhianna was alongside him, helping to take care of Farah’s two-year-old son Hussein who was suffering from a bug. At one point, she picked Hussein up and rushed from the room to howls of laughter from the studio audience.
The 34-year-old has previously spoken of his belief that he would never finish in the top three in SPOTY again and the bookmakers were quoting odds of 50/1 before the show. The boxer Anthony Joshua, a three-time heavyweight world title belt holder, attended the ceremony alongside 10,000 others and had been the hot favourite to win. But he did not even finish on the podium with superbike rider Jonathan Rea finishing second and Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock third.
Even Farah’s own coach Gary Lough was caught exclaiming: “That’s a fucking joke,” by the BBC cameras after former Liverpool FC player and manager Kenny Dalglish revealed the results of the views’ votes.
“I do wish I was there,” said Farah “I wish I was giving back to people. My son and twins have been sick. In fact, while I was in the room he was throwing up everywhere. I owe it to public and people who supported me and voted for me. I can’t stop staring at it,” he said, gesturing to the trophy.
The other winners were England women’s cricket team, the coaches of the GB 4x100m relay team, tennis veteran Roger Federer, athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, young Manchester City footballer Phil Foden and Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Sunderland fan who died of cancer after a battle with the illness that captured the nation’s hearts.
Source: The Guardian