2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Date18 December 2016
LocationGenting Arena, Birmingham
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Hosted byGary Lineker
Clare Balding
Gabby Logan
Television/radio coverage
Runtime140 minutes

The 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award took place on 18 December 2016 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. It was the 63rd 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 sixteen-person shortlist; the winner was Tennis player Andy Murray, who became the first person to win the award three times.[1][2] The event, broadcast live on BBC One, was hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.[3]


The nominees were revealed on 28 November 2016, during BBC One's The One Show. To reflect the vast success of the past year, a record 16 sportspeople were named on the shortlist.[4][5]

Nominee Sport 2016 Achievement BBC profile Votes (percentage)[1]
Andy Murray Tennis Won his second singles Wimbledon title, reached the singles finals of both the Australian Open and French Open, defended his singles title at the Olympics (the first player ever to do so), won the year-ending World Tour Finals and became the first ever Briton to top the computerised ATP singles rankings. [1] 247,419 (33.1%)
Alistair Brownlee Triathlon Won a second successive Olympic title in the men's triathlon, thus becoming the first competitor (man or woman) in Olympic history to defend the triathlon title. [2] 121,665 (16.3%)
Nick Skelton Equestrian Won the Olympic individual show jumping competition at the age of 58, thus becoming the oldest champion in Olympic equestrian history and the oldest British Olympic champion in 108 years. [3] 109,197 (14.6%)
Mo Farah Athletics Became the first athlete in 40 years to achieve the long distance "double-double" (5,000 / 10,000 metres) at the Olympics. Also became the first athlete to win nine global outdoor long-distance titles on the track, both consecutively and outright. [4] 54,476 (7.3%)
Sophie Christiansen Equestrian Won a clean sweep of three gold medals in para-dressage (team championship and championship / freestyle test grade Ia) at the Paralympics, the second successive Games in which she achieved the feat. [5] 37,284 (5.0%)
Kate Richardson-Walsh Hockey Captained the Great Britain team to a first ever gold medal in the women's Olympic field hockey tournament, winning every single match. [6] 34,604 (4.6%)
Max Whitlock Gymnastics Became the first ever British Olympic champion in gymnastics, winning two gold medals (floor exercise and pommel horse) within two hours, as well as his country's first individual all-around medal (bronze) in 108 years. [7] 32,858 (4.4%)
Laura Kenny Cycling Won two Olympic titles in track cycling (team pursuit and omnium, both of which were successful defenses); in doing so, she became the first female British Olympian and only the second female Olympic cyclist (after Leontien van Moorsel) to win four gold medals. Also won scratch and omnium gold at the UCI Track World Championships. [8] 31,781 (4.3%)
Jamie Vardy Football Helped Leicester City win the Premier League title, having been given odds of 5,000-1 to do so at the beginning of the season. [9] 25,020 (3.3%)
Jason Kenny Cycling Won three Olympic titles in track cycling (team sprint, sprint and keirin; the first two were also successful defenses); in doing so, he matched Sir Chris Hoy's hat-trick from 2008 and his records for the most gold medals (6) won by a British Olympian and an Olympic cyclist. Also won sprint gold at the UCI Track World Championships. [10] 12,376 (1.7%)
Adam Peaty Swimming Won the men's 100 metre breaststroke (and set two world records en-route) to become Great Britain's first male Olympic swimming champion since Adrian Moorhouse 28 years prior. Also part of the silver medal winning team in the 4 x 100 metres medley relay event, the country's highest finish in the event. [11] 11,129 (1.5%)
Gareth Bale Football Won the Champions League (for a second time) with Real Madrid and was part of the Wales team that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016. [12] 10,786 (1.4%)
Nicola Adams Boxing Successfully defended her flyweight boxing title at the Olympics, thus becoming the first British boxer in 92 years to do so in any division. She also won flyweight gold in the AIBA Women's World Championships and achieved the career 'grand slam' of Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles. [13] 7,812 (1.0%)
Kadeena Cox Athletics/Cycling Became the first British Paralympian to win medals in two different sports at a single Games in 28 years, with one gold in cycling (C4-5 500m time trial) as well as a medal of each colour (gold, silver and bronze) in athletics (T38 400m, T35-38 4 × 100 m relay and T38 100m respectively). [14] 5,574 (0.7%)
Dame Sarah Storey Cycling Successfully defended three Paralympic titles in cycling (C4-5 road race and C5 time trial / individual pursuit) to become the most successful British Paralympian in the modern era, and the most successful British female Paralympian of all time (with a total of 14 gold medals). [15] 3,580 (0.5%)
Danny Willett Golf Won the Masters Tournament, thus becoming only the second English golfer (after Nick Faldo) to achieve such a feat. [16] 2,227 (0.3%)

Other awards[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016: Andy Murray wins for a record third time". BBC Sport. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 award". Guardian. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 in Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  4. ^ "BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016: Shortlist of 16 revealed for award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Andy Murray heads Spoty list but no place for Chris Froome and others". Guardian. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.

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