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Hoy wins BBC accolade

Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy rounded off a fantastic year by being named the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Scot, who won three gold medals in Beijing, beat Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington to the honour.

Hoy, 32, became the first cyclist to win the prestigious award since Tommy Simpson in 1965.

"To win this award this year is so special as British sport has enjoyed such a hugely successful year. It's been incredible," said Hoy, who later in December received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

"After the year I've had and the whole team has had, to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year, it just means so much. This is the big one and this is just unbelievable."


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