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Mo Farah Wins 2017 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Mo Farah of Great Britain crosses the line to win the Men's 3000m, his last UK track race during the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham as part of the IAAF Diamond League 2017 at Alexander Stadium on August 20, 2017 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The 10,000m world champion has capped off a tremendous 2017 with the BBC gong.

Voting took place tonight for the 2017 ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’, as a pool of Britain’s most celebrated athletes were in contention for the award.

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden got the nod for ‘Young SPOTY’, for his starring role in England’s U-17 World Cup win in football. The ‘Overseas SPOTY’ went to tennis legend Roger Federer, who won his fifth Australian Open title and eighth Wimbledon crown at the age of 35.

The England women’s cricket team took home the ‘Team of the Year’, having claimed the 2017 World Cup.

As for the main event, Mo Farah romped home with the win, fending off runner up and three time Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea.

Other nominees included Chris Froome, Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Joshua, Harry Kane and the third placed Johnny Peacock.

Farah claimed the 10,000m crown at the 2017 World Championships in athletics. A silver medal in the 5,000m race bolstered a fantastic showing in London.

The 34-year-old adds the SPOTY award to his already considerable haul of four Olympic gold medals across the last two competitions in 2012 and 2016, and his six gold world championship medals.

Anthony Joshua was the lopsided favourite on the betting exchanges, and that he didn’t factor in the final tally shows the depth of the nominee list.

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