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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2014.

The Formula 1 World Champion, who has twice finished runner-up in the competition, beat Rory McIlroy and Jo Pavey in the public vote, with Charlotte Dujardin finishing in fourth at the ceremony in Glasgow.

Twice runner-up

Hamilton previously missed out in 2007, losing to Joe Calzaghe following his debut season in F1. The following year, despite winning the title for a first time, Sir Chris Hoy pipped him to the major honour.

However, the 29-year-old Mercedes driver was not to be denied this time around, gaining 34% of the 620,932 votes cast. In comparison, McIlroy received 20% of the vote, showing Hamilton was a clear winner.

He told the BBC afterwards: "I was sitting there saying Rory's going to have it. I thought it had to be someone else.

"I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who called in, I really wasn't expecting it. I am so speechless. I'm so proud and honoured to be among such great sporting talent."

Elsewhere at the event in Glasgow, and European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was crowned the Coach of the Year after his side's memorable triumph over Team USA at Gleneagles.

Other winners

Cristiano Ronaldo won Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after another memorable season at Real Madrid, whilst 17-year-old gymnast Claudia Fragapane claimed the Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Sir Chris Hoy received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Jill Stidever was named Sport's Unsung Hero and Prince Harry presented the Helen Rollason Award to The Invictus Games competitors.

Hamilton's night

Ultimately, the night belonged to Lewis Hamilton however, crowning an incredible year for the two-time World Champions after his thrilling battle with Nico Rosberg this season.

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