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  Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 22:54 GMT
Sports Personality review
Paula Radcliffe poses with the main award of the night
Paula Radcliffe shows off the prestigious BBC trophy
All the winners and news from the BBC's big awards night.
The award winners:
Sports Personality of the Year:
Paula Radcliffe
Lifetime Achievement Award: George Best
Team of the Year: Europe's Ryder Cup team
Coach of the Year: Arsene Wenger
Overseas Personality of the Year: Ronaldo
Helen Rollason Award: Jane Tomlinson
Young Personality: Wayne Rooney

1900 GMT: Stars arrive at Television Centre ahead of the show, which starts at 2000 GMT.

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John T. Morley, UK
"Paula Radcliffe has shown amazing determination and courage - a shining example"
Seven awards will be given over the course of two hours, ending with the biggest of the night - the Sports Personality of the Year award.

Paula Radcliffe, looking elegant in black, is the first of the contenders for the main award to walk up the red carpet.

One of the other early arrivals is George Best, with his wife Alex. George will pick up a Lifetime Achievement award later in the evening.

2000 GMT: The studio is packed with celebrities from around the sporting world as the show starts.

2022 GMT: Paula Radcliffe reveals she will run the 2003 London Marathon.

She describes it as her "main goal" in a year in which she will also bid for 10,000m gold in the World Championships in Paris.

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Nigel Hughes, England
"Wayne Rooney has a rare talent and determination"
2031 GMT: Wayne Rooney wins the Young Sports Personality of the Year.

2054 GMT: Athlete Jane Tomlinson wins the Helen Rollason Award.

Paula Radcliffe, presenting the award, describes Tomlinson, who has terminal cancer, as the "most deserving winner of the night".

2121 GMT: Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams admits he would jump at the chance to manage the Gunners but adds he is not ready for the role yet.

For the time being, Arsene Wenger remains firmly in the Highbury hot seat, after winning the Double in 2002.

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Simon Braschi, England
"Wenger's cool, intelligent and positive approach to football has brought real entertainment to all"
The Frenchman gets his hands on yet more silverware, lifting the Coach of the Year award.

2135 GMT: Sam Torrance receives the Team of the Year award on behalf of the European Ryder Cup team.

2154 GMT: England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson calls for an improvement from his team but is confident of qualifying for Euro 2004.

And he dismisses continued rumours that he has been close to walking out on the job.

"I never thought about it. I am extrememly happy and proud," he confirms.

2158 GMT: Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says he is "not chasing" jobs in club football and that he is happy having a "bit of a break" for the time being.

2204 GMT: Ronaldo reveals he believes Ronaldinho's World Cup goal against England was not intentional before being named as the Overseas Personality of the Year.

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Paul, England
"George Best is a truly worthy winner"
2210 GMT: George Best receives his Lifetime Achievement award to a rousing ovation and describes it as a "wonderful honour".

"As you'll know I've had a rough time recently," the former Manchester United man adds, "but I'm still around, although a little thinner than before."

2214 GMT: Paula Radcliffe wins the Sports Personality of the Year award with an overwhelming share of the vote.

"This is such a big honour and I'd like to thank the public for all their support through the year," Radcliffe says.

David Beckham takes second place with Tony McCoy finishing in third.

The final standings:

  • Paula Radcliffe - 619,577 votes
  • David Beckham - 113,539 votes
  • Tony McCoy - 87,972 votes

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