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  Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 18:50 GMT
Sports Personality review
Live coverage of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show
Sporting stars from around the world were at BBC Television Centre in London for the annual Sports Personality of the Year show.

Follow all the awards as they happened.


Sports Personality of the Year:
David Beckham
Lifetime Achievement Award:

Sir Alex Ferguson
Coach of the Year: Sven-Goran Eriksson
Team of the Year: Liverpool FC
Young Personality of the Year: Amy Spencer
Helen Rollason Award: Ellen MacArthur Overseas Personality of the Year:
Goran Ivanisevic


1900 GMT: David Beckham and Michael Owen are among the first to arrive. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson follows shortly afterwards with Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent close behind.

Yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur arrives full of smiles, while Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has his family in tow.

2000 GMT: The show begins in front of an audience packed with sporting heroes.

2020 GMT: Boris Becker presents the Overseas Personality of the Year to Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

"I am proud and honoured," an emotional Goran tells the audience.

2026 GMT: Heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis tells Gary Lineker he will retire after fighting Mike Tyson.

"After I beat Tyson I'll leave it to the younger guys," says Lennox.

2045 GMT: Ellen MacArthur tells Sue Barker that she feared for her life on the Vendee Globe round-the-world yacht race.

2050 GMT: Ellen MacArthur is presented with the Helen Rollason Award by Tanni Grey-Thompson.

"I accept this on behalf of all my team," she says.

2100 GMT: England rugby coach Clive Woodward says he is delighted with the progress his team have made this year.

2109 GMT: 16-year-old sprinting prodigy Amy Spencer wins the inaugural Young Personality of the Year award.

2115 GMT: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tells Gary Lineker that he is not enjoying his side's current poor run of form.

"The best moment I've had was winning the Champions League," he reveals.

2123 GMT: Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister pays tribute to his manager Gerard Houllier, who is listening in a studio in Liverpool.

Houllier says, "I am feeling better. I never realised how serious it was.

"I have to give credit to the surgeon who saved my life. I hope to be back at the club by the start of February."

Houllier is clearly delighted as Ian Rush presents him, on behalf of Liverpool, with the Team of the Year award.

2133 GMT: World triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards tells Sue Barker that he cannot believe how well his year went.

And world decathlete bronze medallist Dean Macey says he expected to have to battle through the pain barrier to take his podium finish.

2138 GMT: World rally champion Richard Burns thanks his co-driver Robert Reid for his part in their success.

2152 GMT: David Beckham tells Gary Lineker that England have had "an amazing year".

Michael Owen admits it was nice to get one back on Germany, while England coach Sven Goran-Eriksson says England were "lucky" to get through to the World Cup finals.

But Sven says, "We were not lucky at all with the draw for the finals - but if you can beat Germany 5-1 away, you can beat Argentina."

Sir Bobby Charlton then presents the Coach of the Year award to Eriksson.

2158 GMT: Sir Alex Ferguson wins the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Ferguson's former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel gives him the award.

"This award is truly appreciated," says Sir Alex. "I've had the great privilege of managing some of the finest players in the world."

2200 GMT: David Beckham of Manchester United and England is voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2001.

"It's a great privilege to receive this award," says Beckham, thanking his team-mates and manager at Old Trafford, the England team and his family.

Ellen MacArthur is second with Michael Owen third. Three-quarter of a million votes had been cast.


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