2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Date20 December 2015
LocationOdyssey Arena, Belfast
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Hosted byGary Lineker
Clare Balding
Gabby Logan
WinnerAndy Murray
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/
Television/radio coverage
Network
Runtime140 minutes

The 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award took place on 20 December 2015 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Tennis player Andy Murray was announced as the winner. It was the 62nd presentation of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Awarded annually by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the main award honours an individual's British sporting achievement over the past year, with the winner selected by public vote from a twelve-person shortlist; the winner was Andy Murray.[1][2]

In addition to the sports personality of the year award, there were seven other awards: Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Helen Rollason Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Unsung Hero.[3]

Controversy[edit]

There were calls to remove Tyson Fury from the nominees list, after comments he made were criticised as homophobic and sexist.[4][5]

Nominees[edit]

The nominees were revealed on 30 November 2015.[6]

Nominee Sport 2015 Achievement BBC profile Votes (percentage)[7]
Andy Murray Tennis Led Great Britain to victory in the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years. In doing so, he became only the third player to win 8 singles rubbers (the maximum possible) and the fourth player to win 11 rubbers. [2] 361,446
(35.81%)
Kevin Sinfield Rugby League Captained Leeds Rhinos to the treble, winning the Challenge Cup, League Leader's Shield and Super League Grand Final. [3] 278,353
(27.57%)
Jessica Ennis-Hill Athletics Won the heptathlon in the IAAF World Championships for the second time, thirteen months after comeback from birth of her first child. [4] 79,898
(7.91%)
Tyson Fury Boxing Won three of the four major heavyweight titles (WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO) upon defeating Wladimir Klitschko, who had not been defeated in 12 years prior. [5] 72,330
(7.17%)
Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 Won the World Drivers' Championship for the third time. Also became the first Briton to successfully defend his title. [6] 48,379
(4.79%)
Chris Froome Cycling Won the Tour de France for the second time (the first Briton to do so). [7] 39,007
(3.86%)
Mo Farah Athletics Became the first athlete to achieve the long distance "double-double" (5,000 / 10,000 metres) at the IAAF World Championships. Also became the first Briton to win outdoor titles in three World Championships, both consecutively and outright. [8] 31,311
(3.10%)
Max Whitlock Gymnastics Won the pommel horse in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Also became the first British male to win a global title, and the first to win three medals in one World Championship. [9] 25,925
(2.57%)
Greg Rutherford Athletics Won the long jump in the IAAF World Championships. Also became the fifth Briton to hold Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth titles simultaneously, and the first to also hold the IAAF Diamond League title. [10] 23,492
(2.33%)
Lizzie Armitstead Cycling Successfully defended her title in the UCI Women's Road World Cup (including 3 race victories) and won the road race in the UCI Road World Championships.[8] [11] 22,356
(2.21%)
Adam Peaty Swimming Won the 50m/100m breaststroke and the 4 × 100 m mixed medley relay in the FINA World Championships. Set three world records during the season and became the first Briton to claim three world titles in a single championship. [12] 13,738
(1.36%)
Lucy Bronze Football Member of the English squad that came third in the FIFA Women's World Cup; she scored 2 goals in the tournament. [13] 13,236
(1.31%)

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main award as "Sports Personality of the Year", several other awards were also announced:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thrills and (blood) spills: Gary Lineker slices his hand on Sports Personality of the Year trophy as Andy Murray wins and Tyson Fury apologises for homophobic slur at liveliest awards in years". Daily Mail. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award". BBC Sport. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 – as it happened!". Guardian. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  4. ^ "People want 'homophobic' Tyson Fury removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist". The Independent. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC threatens to suspend journalist over criticism of Tyson Fury on Spoty". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Contenders for 2015 award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Lizzie Armitstead claims gold in the Road World Championships". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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