Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 award ceremony.
Ben Stokes scooped the prestigious prize in Aberdeen on Sunday night, further reward for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup Final and third Ashes Test at Headingley.
Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton finished second, with Britain’s fastest woman Dina Asher-Smith third.
Also nominated for the main prize were Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Raheem Sterling and Alun Wyn Jones.
England’s Cricket World Cup winners won Team of the Year and Greatest Sporting Moment, while Asher-Smith’s coach John Blackie was named Coach of the Year.
Recap the ceremony on our LIVE blog….
Here’s more from the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
“Congratulations to all the nominees. What you’ve managed to achieve as individuals and do for your sport is simply sensational so well done to you too.
“My fantastic manager and friend Neil Fairbrother, you’re more than an agent, you’re an incredible man. I don’t know how you’ve put up with Andrew Flintoff and me, you and Audrey you’re incredible people.”
Here is Ben Stokes, speaking on stage…
“It’s an individual award and I play in a team sport. The best thing about that is you get to share special moments with teammates, backroom staff, and management.
“Two years ago was a tough time for me in my life and I’ve had so many people help me through that.”
And the winner is… Ben Stokes!
In second place is… Lewis Hamilton!
In third place is… Dina Asher-Smith!
Just the big one left to come…
And more trophies for Morgan, Stokes & Co. The moment they won the World Cup has been voted Greatest Sporting Moment.
The team of the year is… England’s World Cup winning cricket side!
Always a poignant moment in the evening, we now pause to remember those who we lost during 2019.
Ah scratch that, we’ve gone back to the autumn for the Rugby World Cup. A tournament you suspect would have had a bit more coverage this evening (and probably Owen Farrell on the shortlist) had the final gone differently.
We’ve reached November in our annual roundup so we must be getting close to the finale now.
Ah I wondered where she’d been hiding. We’re in Scotland and this is the BBC so obviously Emile Sande was going to crop up somewhere.
She’s performing alongside the Women’s World Cup VT, and an army of dancers sporting shirts of all the countries that took part.
And now onto the Women’s World Cup, for a montage narrated by the star of the show – Megan Rapinoe.
We couldn’t get through the night and not have a section dedicated to those absolutely extraordinary Champions League semi-finals.
Next up is the lifetime achievement award, and this year’s recipient is a certain Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Just the 11 Paralympic titles to her name, and an immeasurable contribution to disability sports more broadly. Simply a British sporting legend, and a worthy, worthy winner.
And this is a very special moment for Asher-Smith, because she is now going to get to present the award for Coach of the Year to the man who has guided her from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to the top of the world.
John Blackie, take a bow, sir. He looks absolutely stunned.
Back to Doha (not sure why we couldn’t have done them one after the other), but our final nominee of the evening is the star of British athletics, Dina Asher-Smith.
Britain’s first ever female global sprint champion.
Onto the penultimate nominee, six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.
He’s the only person on this list to have won this award before, of course.
The winner of the Unsung Hero award is Keiren Thompson.
He runs a project called Helping Kids Achieve in Nottingham, which he set up after being hospitalised by an attack as a youngster. It aims to get young people off the streets and into a positive environment.
No feat in 2019 was more substantial in terms of reimagining the capabilities of the human race than Eliud Kipchoge’s first sub-two-hour marathon.
He had already been announced as World Sport Star of the Year, and is here to present the Unsung Hero Award, as well as collecting his own.
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