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  Thursday, 16 November, 2000, 17:31 GMT
The Early Years in pictures

Chris Chataway
Chris Chataway (left) is congratulated by Roger Bannister after winning the first Sports Personality of the Year in 1954.

Princess Alexandra, Peter Dimmock and Ann Jones
Ann Jones receives the award for 1969 from Princess Alexandra (left) watched by presenter Peter Dimmock.

Henry Cooper and Princess Anne
Boxer Henry Cooper presents Princess Anne with the award for 1971. Cooper was himself twice a winner of the trophy.

John Curry (left) and Lord Mountbatten
26 year-old ice skater John Curry receives the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for 1976 from Lord Mountbatten.

Virginia Wade and Prince Michael of Kent
Virginia Wade receives the Sports Personality of the Year award for 1977 from Prince Michael of Kent.

Steve Ovett (left) and Prince Charles
Steve Ovett receives the award in 1978 from Prince Charles - 15 athletes have won the trophy, more than any other sport.

Seb Coe
Seb Coe after receiving the BBC Sports Pesonality of the Year Award for 1979 - the year after his great rival Ovett.


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