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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 November 2003, 18:22 GMT
Past winners: 1954-1958
 
Chris Chataway 1954 Winner
CHRIS CHATAWAY
[Athletics]

Chataway represented Britain in a special athletics match-up with Russia. He was behind Vladimir Kuts in the 5,000m, when he raced ahead to win in the last 10 strides in a world-record time. The dramatic pictures were broadcast to 12m viewers.
 OTHER AWARDS
 No other awards for this year
 
Gordon Pirie 1955 Winner
GORDON PIRIE
[Athletics]

Pirie, the middle distance running champion, reportedly covered 200 miles a week during training. He clinched the award after setting five world records and beating a string of first class athletes, a feat that won him huge popularity.
 OTHER AWARDS
 No other awards for this year
 
Jim Laker 1956 Winner
JIM LAKER
[Cricket]

The phenomenal feats achieved by Laker at Old Trafford in 1956 still rate as the finest bowling in Test cricket. In a stunning performance he took 19 wickets for 90 runs off 68 overs in England's win over Australia. In all he claimed 193 wickets in just 46 Tests.
 OTHER AWARDS
 No other awards for this year
 
Dai Rees 1957 Winner
DAI REES
[Golf]

At 44 Rees became the oldest winner of the Sports Personality of the Year. In 1957 he captained the Ryder Cup golf team which brought the title back to Europe after 22 years, becoming a national celebrity in the process.
 OTHER AWARDS
 No other awards for this year
 
Ian Black 1958 Winner
IAN BLACK
[Swimming]

Following on from the previous year's oldest winner, 17-year-old Scottish swimmer Ian Black became the youngest winner of the trophy after he won three European medals and Empire Games gold in the summer of 1958.
  Receiving award
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