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Ben Stokes voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019

Ben Stokes voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019
Ben Stokes voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019
©BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019

Ben Stokes was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 by public vote in front of an arena of 10,000 and millions more tuning in from home.

Lewis Hamilton came in second with Dina Asher-Smith in third place for the coveted award.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan presented the live show on BBC One from the P&J Live arena in Aberdeen and votes were cast via phone and online on the BBC Sport website to determine the 2019 champion. The full list of contenders for the main award was:

  • Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics)
  • Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1)
  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics)
  • Raheem Sterling (Football)
  • Ben Stokes (Cricket)
  • Alun Wyn Jones (Rugby Union)

The awards ceremony looked back on an epic sporting year with the iconic moment Jos Buttler broke the stumps to seal England’s World Cup final victory taking the award for Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year, as voted for by viewers. He fended off fierce competition from the other five nominated moments, which were: Divock Origi sealing Liverpool’s Champions League comeback with their fourth goal against Barcelona, Vincent Kompany’s goal against Leicester City to put Manchester City on the verge of winning the Premier League title, Lucy Bronze scoring a goal in England’s World Cup quarter-final against Norway, Ben Stokes hitting a four to seal the famous Ashes Test win at Headingley and Suzann Pettersen’s final putt that secured Team Europe’s victory in the Solheim Cup.

In another triumph for cricket the England World Cup winning cricket team, captained by Eoin Morgan, took home the Team of the Year award after winning the World Cup this summer for the first time ever. Considering the England team were knocked out of the World Cup in the first round four years ago, it was an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord's as the team lifted the trophy in July this year. The history-making team were presented with the award by two-time Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams and Olympian Lizzie Yarnold.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tanni Grey-Thompson by Sir Chris Hoy. Over her illustrious career, wheelchair racer Tanni won 11 Paralympic gold medals. Tanni claimed victory in the London Wheelchair Marathon in 1992, the first of six wins over her career. She went on to compete at the Barcelona Paralympics where she won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800 metres and a silver in the 4x100m relay. Her final Paralympic Games in Athens 2004 saw her take gold in the 100m and 400m. After retiring from the track, she has continued to be involved in sport and physical activity and is a Board Member of the London Marathon, the SportsAid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Join In to name a few.

John Blackie was awarded the Coach of the Year award for his role in coaching Dina Asher-Smith since she was just eight years old at Blackheath & Bromley Athletics Club. This year alone, he coached Dina to 200m victory in the World Championships which made her the first British woman in history to win a global gold medal in a sprint event. Having referred to John as family before, he was fittingly presented with the award by Dina on the night.

 The Helen Rollason Award was presented to Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir MBE by HRH Princess Royal. During his playing career, Doddie represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997 and earned 61 caps for Scotland. In 2016, Doddie was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and told he would be in a wheelchair within a year. Since he received the life changing news, he set up the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which to date has raised over four million pounds for research into MND.

 Long distance runner Eliud Kipchoge was voted the World Sport Star of the Year by the public. Eliud went viral in October this year after becoming the first man ever to run a marathon in under two hours and the record-breaking run was accomplished just six months after winning the London Marathon for the fourth time.  A highly decorated distance runner, he has also won Olympic marathon gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and World Championship 5000m gold on the track.

 In December of this year at the star-studded Radio 1 Teen Awards, boxer Caroline Dubois was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. The honour comes after a successful year for Caroline during which the World and Olympic Youth Champion at lightweight won 40 straight bouts including gold at the European Youth Championships.

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award was presented by Eliud Kipchoge to East Midlands based Keiren Thompson, founder of Helping Kids Achieve, Nottingham. The Unsung Hero award honours individuals from the world of grassroots sport and recognises those who, on a voluntary basis, go the extra mile to contribute to sport in their local community. Keiren was selected from 15 regional winners from across the UK.

 The BBC event also saw music acts and Scottish natives Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé perform at the prestigious event. Performing Hold Me While You Wait and Somebody You Loved, Lewis entertained the 10,000 strong crowd before Emeli performed her hit Shine.

 Pictures of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year live show will be available via the BBC Pictures Website. If you have password access, pictures can be downloaded from bbcpictures.co.uk. Any queries can be forwarded to [email protected].

Cricket lovers across England and Wales are celebrating the news that Ben Stokes was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2019.

The England all-rounder was crowned after topping a public poll conducted during the BBC’s flagship annual sports review.

Stokes is only the fifth cricketer to win the prestigious award and the first since Andrew Flintoff was recognised for his Ashes exploits in 2005.

Stokes said: “Congratulations to all of the nominees. What you have achieved as individuals and what you’ve done for your sports is sensational.

“There are so many people to thank when you win something like this. It is an individual award but I play in a team sport and the best thing about that is you get to spend special moments with team mates, backroom staff and management who all make days like we had in the summer possible. I’m up here receiving this award but I’m not just up here by myself. Without the efforts that you (the team) put in this summer I wouldn’t be up here. Thank you so much.”

Viewers of the show voted for the Durham all-rounder after being reminded of his on-pitch heroics during the unforgettable cricketing summer of 2019.

His award crowned a momentous night for cricket. The England men’s one-day team were named Team of the Year, while the World Cup victory was voted Greatest Sporting Moment of 2019.

Stokes top-scored with an unbeaten 84 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final as England matched New Zealand’s total. He then hit eight off three balls in the crucial super over.

His efforts crowned a stellar tournament in which he recorded the highest batting average by an England player – 66.42 – and the second-best bowling economy rate at 4.83 runs an over.

Eoin Morgan, England’s World Cup-winning captain, said: “Ben is a thoroughly deserving winner. The team always comes first for Ben and he gives everything for the boys around him. He’s a great man to have in the dressing room and so talented with bat and ball.”

Stokes’ superb summer continued in the tied Specsavers Ashes series. England’s one-wicket win in the third Test at Emerald Headingley, when they made 362-9 to record their highest successful run chase in Tests, was anchored by his phenomenal unbeaten 135.

When No.11 Jack Leach joined him at the crease, England still required 73 to win. Leach contributed dogged defence and a single run while Stokes carried the side across the line to victory.

That was the highlight of a fantastic series for Stokes. He was England’s top scorer with 441, and was the only man on the home side to contribute two centuries.

With the ball, he went above and beyond in a committed extended spell during Australia’s second innings at Emerald Headingley to keep victory in sight.

Joe Root, England’s Test captain, said: “We’re all delighted that Ben has won. When his team really needed him in 2019, Ben delivered and he truly deserves this accolade. We’re looking forward to him joining us in South Africa and we’re hoping for more fireworks from Ben in the series down here and for many years to come.”

Ashley Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket, said: “I’m so pleased for Ben. His exploits this summer showed he is one of the finest cricketers in the world. I played alongside Andrew Flintoff when he won the award in 2005 and Ben’s feats this year place him in the same bracket as Freddie, and Ian Botham before him.

"Ben and his family should be incredibly proud of what he has been able to achieve both professionally and personally over the last two years. We are also very proud of him and lucky to have him as a very important part of our team.”

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief executive officer, said: “It’s wonderful news that Ben has been named the winner of Sports Personality of the Year. This is richly deserved and it puts the finishing touch to an amazing year for Ben and for English cricket.

“Ben is a great person as well as a great cricketer. I’m absolutely delighted for him and his family. This award, for me, confirms his place in the hearts of the British public, he is not just one of the greatest cricketers we have ever had, but someone who has shown what it means to face into adversity and come through it. Well done Ben, we are all extremely proud of you.

“We’re also thrilled that the England team who won the men’s World Cup for the first time have been honoured too. No one who was at Lord’s on July 14 will ever forget that extraordinarily dramatic win over New Zealand.”