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Past winners: 1998-2004
 
Michael Owen 1998 Winner
MICHAEL OWEN
[Football]

Before England's World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina in France '98, Owen was relatively unknown. Then the teenager scored a wonderful individual goal that elevated his name in the minds of football fans worldwide.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Arsenal
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Mark O'Meara
 
Lennox Lewis 1999 Winner
LENNOX LEWIS
[Boxing]

In November Lewis became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world - the first Briton in a century to hold boxing's most prestigious title. Arguably the star of the 1999 ceremony was another heavyweight, Muhammad Ali, named Sports Personality of the Century.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Manchester United
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Maurice Greene
 NEWCOMER Dean Macey
 COACH Sir Alex Ferguson
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Jenny Pitman
 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE CENTURY Muhammad Ali
 
Steve Redgrave 2000 Winner
STEVE REDGRAVE
[Rowing]

Rower Steve Redgrave made history when he won his fifth Olympic gold medal. He announced his retirement after completing the remarkable achievement at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He was knighted at the turn of the year soon after picking up the BBC award.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM British Olympic and Paralympic athletes
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Tiger Woods
 NEWCOMER Jenson Button
 COACH Jurgen Grobler
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Tanni Grey-Thompson
 
David Beckham 2001 Winner
DAVID BECKHAM
[Football]

David Beckham was voted the nation's favourite after his late free-kick equaliser against Greece ensured England reached the 2002 World Cup finals. It marked a reversal of fortunes for the Manchester United star, who was pilloried for his dismissal at the 1998 tournament.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Liverpool
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Goran Ivanisevic
 COACH Sven Goran-Eriksson
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sir Alex Ferguson
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Ellen MacArthur
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Amy Spencer
 
David Beckham 2002 Winner
PAULA RADCLIFFE
[Athletics]

In 12 months Paula Radcliffe was transformed from also-ran to all-conquering champion. She won the World Cross Country Championship and London Marathon along with Commonwealth 5,000m and European 10,000m titles. And then she broke the world record in the Chicago Marathon.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Ryder Cup
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Ronaldo
 COACH Arsene Wenger
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD George Best
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Jane Tomlinson
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Wayne Rooney
 
Jonny Wilkinson 2003 Winner
JONNY WILKINSON
[Rugby union]

As the award celebrated its 50th anniversary, Jonny Wilkinson was honoured for his pivotal role in England's historic Rugby World Cup triumph in Australia . Former Olympic rower Sir Steven Redgrave was voted the all-time greatest Sports Personality from the list of previous winners.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 GOLDEN PERSONALITY Sir Steven Redgrave
 TEAM England rugby
 GOLDEN TEAM England 1966 (football)
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Lance Armstrong
 COACH Clive Woodward
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Martina Navratilova
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Michael Watson
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Kate Haywood
 UNSUNG HERO Nobby Woodcock
 
Kelly Holmes 2004 Winner
KELLY HOLMES
[Athletics]

Six sensational days at the Olympic Games in Athens transformed Kelly Holmes from also-ran to double champion. The 34-year-old put injury problems behind her to claim gold in both the 800m and 1500m.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM GB coxless four rowers
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Roger Federer
 COACH Arsene Wenger
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Ian Botham
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Kirsty Howard
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Andrew Murray
 UNSUNG HERO Abdullah Ben-Kmayal
 
Andrew Flintoff 2005 Winner
ANDREW FLINTOFF
[Cricket]

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, was the first cricketer since Ian Botham to win the award, in recognition of his popular and aggressive approach to the game and his role in the first England Ashes series win since 1987.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM England cricket
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Shane Warne
 COACH Jose Mourinho
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Pele
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Geoff Thomas
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
 UNSUNG HERO Trevor Collins
 
Zara Phillips 2006 Winner
ZARA PHILLIPS
[Equestrian]

Thirty-five years after her mother, HRH Princess Anne won, Phillips picked up the award following both world and European equestrian titles.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM St Helens
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Roger Federer
 COACH Daniel Anderson
 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Bjorn Borg
 HELEN ROLLASON AWARD Paul Hunter
 YOUNG PERSONALITY Theo Walcott
 UNSUNG HERO Val Hanover



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