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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 November 2003, 18:26 GMT
Past winners: 1968-1972
 
David Hemery 1968 Winner
DAVID HEMERY
[Athletics]

Hemery had set his first British high hurdles record in 1966. But then in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, after only contesting the event for four seasons, Hemery won the 400m hurdles smashing the world record.
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Manchester United
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Oleg Protopopov, Ljudmilla Belovsova
 
Ann Jones 1969 Winner
ANN JONES
[Tennis]

In 1969 Ann Jones became Wimbledon singles champion. She ended American Billie Jean-King's three-year reign at the All England Club with a thrilling third set comeback.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Women's 4x400m relay Team, Ryder Cup Team
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Rod Laver
 
Henry Cooper 1970 Winner
HENRY COOPER
[Boxing]

'Our Enry' was the first person to win the award twice. Cooper - the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion - is regarded as one of the greatest post-war British boxers and remains one of the country's most popular personalities.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Nijinsky Team
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Pele
 
Princess Anne 1971 Winner
HRH PRINCESS ANNE
[Horsemanship]

A sporting crown for a royal athlete. After winning the individual European three-day event title at Burghley, Princess Anne's horsemanship earned her the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM British Lions
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Lee Trevino
 
Mary Peters 1972 Winner
MARY PETERS
[Athletics]

Peters, a 33-year-old secretary from Belfast, won Britain's only athletics gold at the Munich Olympics. The pentathlon competition was decided on the final event, the 200m, and Peters claimed the title by one-tenth of a second.
  Receiving award
 OTHER AWARDS
 TEAM Olympic Three-day Event Team
 OVERSEAS PERSONALITY Olga Korbut



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