Mo Farah wins Sports Personality of the Year award

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Ahead of the ceremony, the favourites to lift the prize were Anthony Joshua, who cemented himself as the finest heavyweight boxer in the world with an instant classic of a battle against Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

"I didn't see that coming".

"We have such fantastic sports in the United Kingdom with people doing great Lewis Hamilton, Jonnie Peacock and Anthony Joshua".

"I didn't imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen".

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"Having come so close after London 2012, I thought that was my closest point to winning Sports Personality of the Year", he added. "To be honest you've got to tell the truth and I thought I wasn't going to win it", he explained.

Farah's track swansong, at the World Championships in London in the summer, did not go quite to plan - at least by his own stellar standards.

But Farah, 34, who earned a sixth World Championship gold when he defended his 10,000m title in London in August, topped the poll.

He becomes the first long-distance runner to win the Sports Personality award since Paula Radcliffe in 2002.

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The second-placed sports star at the Liverpool ceremony also surprised many.

Later on, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish had announced motorcyclist Jonathan Rea in third place for the award, with Para-athlete Jonnie Peacock taking second place.

Paralympian sprinter - and Strictly Come Dancing contestant - Jonnie Peacock came third, edging Anthony Joshua by just 18 votes.

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