Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Anthony Joshua fails to make top three

Britain's Olympic and world champion Mo Farah capped his final season as a track athlete by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday (December 17).

The distance runner, who won his sixth world championships gold medal in London this year when he triumphed in the 10,000 metres, was named the winner ahead of second-placed superbike rider Jonathan Rea and para athlete Jonnie Peacock.

Pre-event favorites, world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and Formula One world title holder Lewis Hamilton, failed to make the top three.

Farah, who was born in Somalia and moved to Britain at the age of eight, won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as six world titles in those distances.

The 34-year-old, who ended his track career this year to concentrate on road running, looked stunned when he was awarded the trophy by his step-daughter Rihanna in a studio in London.

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah at the Great North Run half-marathon in South Shields, north east England, September 10. Farah was named 2017 Sports Personality of the Year. LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty

He was denied the chance to tell viewers how he felt as the BBC's live satellite link to the ceremony in Liverpool's Echo Arena cut out seconds later.

After the show went off air, Farah, appearing close to tears, spoke to those inside the arena saying he was shocked to win due to the quality of the other athletes.

"It is pretty amazing and hard to think about. I didn't imagine I was every going to win this but... anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams," Farah said.

Full List of Results

1st Mo Farah—83,524 votes

2nd Jonathan Rea—80,567

3rd Jonnie Peacock—73,411

4th Anthony Joshua—73,411

5th Adam Peaty—63,739

6th Lewis Hamilton—60,627

7th Chris Froome—47,683

8th Harry Kane—18,759

9th Anya Shrubsole—15,237

10th Bianca Walken—13,962

11th Johanna Konta—7,591

12th Elise Christie—6,504

Other Winners

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year—Swiss Roger Federer for winning a record eighth Wimbledon tennis title and taking his overall grand slam tally to a record 19

Lifetime Achievement—retired Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill

Coach of the Year—Benke Blomkvist, Stephen Maguire and Christian Malcolm for guiding Britain's men's 4x100m team to world gold

Team of the Year—England women's cricket team for winning the World Cup by beating India in the final