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Geraint Thomas Wins BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year

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Geraint Thomas Wins BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year

Geraint Thomas shocked everyone to win the BBC Sport's Personality of the Year award.

The Welshman became the first from his country, and just the third Brit, to win the Tour de France when he and Team Sky won the race earlier this year.

Lewis Hamilton once again finished second for his success in winning a fifth F1 World Title, Harry Kane finished third, for his achievements with the England team at the World Cup.

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The BBC announced their Sports Personality of the Year award after earlier in the night announcing Harry Kane, Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Lizzy Yarnold, James Anderson and Geraint Thomas as the nominations.

It's been an incredible year for British sport with a list of successes across many sports for different teams and individuals, from Rob Cross' surprise World Darts title back in January all the way up to Tyson Fury's recent performance in his world title fight against Deontay Wilder.

Despite his best efforts, Fury's failure to win in Los Angeles worked against him as the BBC announced the six sports people who were up for the award.

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Thomas with his award. Image: PA Images
Thomas with his award. Image: PA Images

The six who were named though were Harry Kane, Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Lizzy Yarnold, James Anderson and Geraint Thomas.

Kane was in the list for his achievements at the World Cup. The England striker not only captained the Three Lions to the semi-final but also won the Golden Boot at the tournament.

Asher-Smith had a brilliant year as she won a sprinting triple at the European Championships, becoming the first British woman to do it.

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Hamilton became just the third man to win five world F1 titles, he beat Sebastian Vettel to the title, who was also going for his fifth, to tie with Juan Manuel Fangio and be two behind Michael Schumacher.

Lizzy Yarnold became the first Brit to defend a Winter Olympic title as she one again won the Skeleton.

James Anderson became the leading pace bowler of all time as he continued a ridiculous career that threatens to leave him as third highest wicket taker.

Finally Thomas. He had an incredible race at 'the Tour' as he started out as the second racer in Team Sky, behind Chris Froome, but ended up being the lead rider and winning on the Champs Elysees.

Topics: Lewis Hamilton, Sports, Harry Kane

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