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Calzaghe wins Sports Personality

AWARD WINNERS
Joe Calzaghe
Sports Personality of the Year: Joe Calzaghe
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Roger Federer
Coach of the Year: Enzo Calzaghe
Team of the Year: England rugby union team
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Bobby Robson
Helen Rollason Award: Oscar Pistorius
Unsung Hero of the Year: Margaret Simons
Young Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Daley

Welsh boxing superstar Joe Calzaghe brought his superb year to a close by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The 35-year-old finished ahead of Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, while boxer Ricky Hatton was in third place.

Calzaghe, the world super-middleweight champion, is undefeated in 44 fights, including a superb win over Mikkel Kessler in November.

Enzo Calzaghe, Joe's father and trainer, was named Coach of the Year.

"I'm shocked - it's a massive honour and it caps off a great year for me," said the boxer who has been a world champion for 10 years.

Calzaghe won with 177,748 (28.19%) votes to Hamilton's 122,649 (19.45%) and Hatton's 85,280 (13.53%).

He received the trophy from Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas after travelling to the USA to support his friend Hatton, who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.

And after being on the shortlist last year but not making the top three in the voting, Calzaghe joked: "I said I didn't care last year but I lied."

He added: "I'm proud of it, it's a real achievement and also with my dad winning tonight. To get two boxers in the top three is amazing.

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"I'd like to say thank you very much to everybody who voted for me and hopefully next year I can have a great year again."

Earlier in the evening, former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in recognition of his hugely successful playing and managerial career.

"Without the players, without the people that worked for me and that I inherited I wouldn't be here tonight," said Robson.

Peerless tennis star Roger Federer beat competition from Bryan Habana and Padraig Harrington to claim the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award.

England's rugby union team took the Team of the Year Award after their remarkable achievement in defying the odds to reach the Rugby World Cup final.

Talking on behalf of the team, blind-side flanker Martin Corry said: "I think the term 'rollercoaster of emotions' is often overused but it seems perfectly apt to describe our journey through the World Cup.

"I think every one of the players, the management and the coaches all deserve a mark of respect for that."

Tom Daley, at just 13 years old, took the Young Sports Personality of the Year title for his achievements in diving which include becoming the youngest-ever National Men's Platform Champion.

"My next goal is to get to the 2008 Olympics and then to win gold at London in 2012 and make my country proud," he said.

The Helen Rollason Award, which goes to an athlete showing courage in the face of adversity, went to Oscar Pistorius, the 400m star who runs on specially designed carbon fibre blades and who wants to race in both the Olympics and the Paralympics next year.

Margaret Simons, the 85-year-old founder of Bardwell Football Club, won the Unsung Hero of the Year Award for more than 40 years of sterling service to the club.


Sports Personality voting:
1. Joe Calzaghe 177,748 (28.19%)
2. Lewis Hamilton 122,649 (19.45%)
3. Ricky Hatton 85,280 (13.53%)
4. James Toseland 84,570 (13.41%)
5. Jason Robinson 67,061 (10.64%)
6. Paula Radcliffe 34,895 (5.53%)
7. Jonny Wilkinson 30,302 (4.81%)
8. Andy Murray 13,242 (2.1%)
9. Justin Rose 10,227 (1.62%)
10. Christine Ohuruogu 4,481 (0.71%)

Total votes: 630,455


see also
Calzaghe enjoys award recognition
10 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
Hamilton hails 'worthy' Calzaghe
09 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
BBC Sports Personality 2007 as it happened
09 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
Sports Personality photos
09 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
Sports Personality nominations
30 Nov 07 |  Sports Personality


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