Mo Farah has been named the Sports Personality of the Year.
The 34-year-old upset the odds in Liverpool as he picked up the prestigious award and beat the favourite Anthony Joshua to the honour.
Farah was not in attendance on the night and was presented the award via video link. But the curse of live TV struck with the video link failing.
The Olympic champion becomes the first long-distance runner to win the award since Paula Radcliffe in 2002.
SPOTY'S Top Three
1. Mo Farah
2. Jonathan Rea
3. Jonnie Peacock
Farah did eventually speak and admitted he was completely shocked to pick up the award ahead of the other nominees.
He said: ‘I didn’t see that coming. I honestly thought I wasn’t going to win it.
‘We have such amazing sports in the UK with people doing great Lewis Hamilton, Jonnie Peacock and Anthony Joshua.
‘I thought my closest would be after London 2012. I guess anything can happen.
‘It means a lot to win this. I am very surprised to win tonight and I’m just sorry I can’t be there to celebrate.’
World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea was the runner-up and two-time Paralaympic champion Jonnie Peacock came third.
The Get Inspired Unsung Hero award went to volunteer Denise Larrad for her efforts to get the people of Hinckley in Leicestershire active.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill won the Lifetime Achievement award after a career that included an Olympic gold and silver in the heptathlon and three world championship golds.
Team of the Year went to the Women’s England cricket team who lifted the World Cup in 2017.
Sports Personality of the Year 2017 shortlist
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