Calzaghe knocked out by winning BBC Sports Personality prize
Monday 10 December 2007
Boxer Joe Calzaghe was tonight crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The 35-year-old Welshman beat off strong competition from racing star Lewis Hamilton, who came runner-up, and fellow boxer Ricky Hatton, who achieved third place in the public vote.
Accepting the award via video link from Las Vegas, he said: "I am shocked. It's a massive honour and it caps off a wonderful year for me.
"I am very proud of it, it's a tremendous achievement. To get two boxers in the top three - wow!"
It was a double celebration for the Calzaghe family as Joe's father, boxing trainer Enzo Calzaghe, won Coach of the Year.
Paying tribute to him, Joe, who is one of three world champions coached by him, said: "It's amazing. He definitely deserves it. I am tremendously proud."
Football legend Sir Bobby Robson picked up the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and received a standing ovation and huge applause as he made his way to the stage.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted to be here to receive this prestigious award. It's a terrific honour.
"Nobody wins anything on their own. This award really is an extension and opportunity for me to say thank you very much to everybody that has supported me."
Presenting the award, Sir Alex Ferguson said: "The reception he has received tonight tells you everything.
"To retain that enthusiasm and love for the game is an amazing achievement. It's a miracle."
During the evening, Hatton thanked fans for their support following his defeat last night against Floyd Mayweather.
Speaking via video link from Las Vegas, he said: "It makes you feel proud to be British when you see so many fans come over."
The England rugby team was awarded the 2007 Team of the Year award, in recognition of their outstanding performances in reaching the final of the Rugby World Cup.
Accepting the award on behalf of the team, Martin Corry said: "A true roller-coaster of emotions is often used but it seems perfectly apt to describe our journey in the World Cup.
"The over-riding memory of it all is the support we had both from the thousands of fans who made it out to France and those in the pubs and clubs in England. Thank you."
The Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, was presented to Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius and 13-year-old diver Tom Daley, Britain's youngest 10-metre platform champion, was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of The Year.
Pensioner Margaret Simons was given the Unsung Hero Award.
The 85-year-old, who founded local Oxforshire football team Bardwell FC 43 years ago, impressed the judges with her commitment and enthusiasm.
Accepting the award from boxer Amir Khan and tennis star Tim Henman, she joked: "I am honoured to accept the award but I want the England coach's job."
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