Murray third in BBC Sports Personality award

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In a show that celebrated a golden year in British sport,  Andy Murray finished a creditable third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins, 32, who won the Tour de France as well as gold in the Olympic time trial, pipped heptathlete golden girl Jessica Ennis to the prestigious title.

Murray, who accepted his trophy from ex-boxer Lennox Lewis over videolink from his training base in Miami, was perhaps unlucky that his US Open and Olympic titles were overshadowed by other Olympic achievements.

Should he claim a slam title in 2013, a non-Olympic year, success in the BBC event will surely be much more likely.
Wanna know who came third in 1997 when Greg Rusedski won. Ho ho ho.
December 17, 2012, 12:06 AM
By Grabcopy

Nice for Andy - I think many suspected Wiggins would win. In any case, Andy was right up there, and for good reason!
December 17, 2012, 04:05 AM
By janetx

Congratulations to Wiggo, Jess, Andy and indeed them all.  clap clap clap
Watching it I thought what a fabulous year of sport we'd had and looks like being ended with a test victory in India, the first for years and years. yay
So glad Andy did so well in this special year too, shows that at last he's at last found his way into the hearts of the Great British Public. About time Rolling Eyes
December 17, 2012, 06:53 AM
By blueberryhill

Wanna know who came third in 1997 when Greg Rusedski won. Ho ho ho.

who   lol ?
December 17, 2012, 07:10 AM
By backhandslice

Wanna know who came third in 1997 when Greg Rusedski won. Ho ho ho.

One of our greatest Olympians and well respected athletes Very Happy  goodjob
December 17, 2012, 07:52 AM
By Bevc

  WHO  ?
December 17, 2012, 07:59 AM
By backhandslice

Are you not even going to try and guess?

He's a Sir now and won consecutive golds at the Olympics from 1984 to 2000.
December 17, 2012, 08:08 AM
By Bevc

According to the Daily Telegraph, of the 1.6 million votes cast Wiggins received 492,064 votes, finishing well clear of two other 2012 champions, runner-up Jessica Ennis, the heptathlon champion, on 372,765 and third-placed Andy Murray, the tennis gold medallist and US Open champion, who received 230,444.

That doesn't leave many votes split between the other 9, so Andy really did do quite well!!
December 17, 2012, 10:33 AM
By FCR

Are you not even going to try and guess?

He's a Sir now and won consecutive golds at the Olympics from 1984 to 2000.
Sir Steve. Surprised
December 17, 2012, 01:55 PM
By TheMadHatter

According to the Daily Telegraph, of the 1.6 million votes cast Wiggins received 492,064 votes, finishing well clear of two other 2012 champions, runner-up Jessica Ennis, the heptathlon champion, on 372,765 and third-placed Andy Murray, the tennis gold medallist and US Open champion, who received 230,444.

That doesn't leave many votes split between the other 9, so Andy really did do quite well!!
Also:

Steven‏@GBtennis
 Re. those voting figure RTs - Andy got more votes this year than Cav got when he won SPOTY in 2011 (and 12x what he himself got last year)
December 17, 2012, 01:56 PM
By TheMadHatter

MH, in Andy's own words: "I'm getting closer"
December 17, 2012, 04:53 PM
By OldScotSupport

Dunno....I'm right there with ya Andy Wink... learned to ride a bike from around 3 yrs old at first attempt....still cant play tennis to save my granny tho .
December 17, 2012, 05:25 PM
By ABF

Sir Steve. Surprised

ahhhh thank you  Very Happy
December 17, 2012, 07:35 PM
By backhandslice

I read there have been complaints from people unable to get through to vote for him. I never did on my landline despite endless attempts. Either engaged or told out of service. Andy did really well and so pleased he made top 3 and got an award. Came over really well in interview with 'susan' too.
December 17, 2012, 09:45 PM
By Ruthie

I understand that both Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie are in line to be awarded knighthoods together with other damehoods etc .

To me this makes a mockery of the Honours system. After all they are sportsmen just doing what they are trained to do. The affect on the British population will never have a long-lasting effect and after a few years they will be forgotten.
December 18, 2012, 09:06 AM
By OldScotSupport

Yay, he deserves being third or maybe even a bit higher ranked.. wink
Thank you Iluvandy for casting my vote hug
December 18, 2012, 01:26 PM
By Sabine

It's no more illogical than actors/musicians/politicians being honoured for doing their job and getting paid very well for it or Joe Bloggs being honoured for running a fish and chip shop for 25 years!  IMO the whole honours system needs to be reviewed - from the nomenclature (we no longer have a British Empire for goodness sake) down to who is a worthy recipient.  Surely honours should be reserved for those unsung heroes who do amazing things for other people for no personal gain - thankfully there are plenty of them around.

I 100.00% agree! And those were the points I was addressing without being specific. In particular your last sentence.
December 18, 2012, 05:50 PM
By OldScotSupport

If they give Bradley a Knighthood they must think he is past his peek. Whereas Andy won't get one until he is nearer his retirement from playing with 5 or 6 GS titles.
December 18, 2012, 08:54 PM
By dex

To many people out there 3rd may look like a bad thing, but the year Britain has had in the sporting world with victories at the Olympics, Tour De France, US Open blah blah blah it is truly amazing that it is not just his fanbase noticing him for what he has done this year. I'm gutted Mo didn't get higher because I truly respect him but for Andy to come 3rd is a real treat.

Thank you all for voting!

But, nonetheless I still think Andy was right about what he said. One person's achievements should not be ranked any higher then anyone else's because they have done Britain just as proud whoever it was.

2013 is going to be a blast!
December 18, 2012, 09:03 PM
By Connor

I will be amazed if Andy doesn't get a knighthood after he's retired for all he's achieved, his dedications and his.. legacy almost for British tennis.

But that is definitely for after his career. An OBE wouldn't go amiss though..
December 18, 2012, 09:03 PM
By TheMadHatter

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