Four-time Olympic Champion Sir Mo Farah, couldn't hide his shock as he was last night voted the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2017 topping off and emotional year for the former track athlete.
After successfully defending his 10,000m world title for the third time during the World Champions ships in London this year and claiming Silver in the 5000m which saw him miss out on an unprecedented fifth major championship distance double, also winning his final ever track race in Zurich before retiring from the track to concentrate of road racing.
To recognize him as one of the all-time greats he was also Knighted by the queen in November and has recently returned to the UK permanently having been based in the States for the past few years.
This wasn’t the first time Farah had been nominated for the award after making the short list no less than 5 times during his career, his previous highest placing was third in 2011!
Farah beat 11 other supreme athletes to the award including current world heavyweight Champion Boxer and the Bookies favourite to take this year’s title Anthony Joshua who came in fourth in the public vote, a mere 18 votes behind third placed Jonnie Peacock.
The two-time Paralympic champion Peacock also had a year to remember, successfully defending his World Title in the T44 100m final in London, before becoming the first disabled contestant on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show.
The Runner up spot who was just short of 3000 votes behind Farah, was World Super Bike Champion Jonathan Rea who won his third successive World Title this year, breaking the record for most points in a season along the way and was also recognized by the queen when he received an MBE in her Birthday Honours list.