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  1. Murray first person to win award three times
  2. Alistair Brownlee second, Nick Skelton third
  3. US gymnast Biles wins Overseas Personality award
  4. Leicester manager Ranieri is Coach of the Year
  5. Foxes also win Team of the Year award

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By Caroline Chapman and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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That's it from BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016.

Thanks for your votes, and thanks for joining us for coverage of this brilliant event.

We'll leave you with some highlights from the man of the moment, Andrew Barron Murray.

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Sports Personality of the Year: Andy Murray's incredible 2016

Daley thanks Plymouth volunteer


This is what it looks like when a sports volunteer gets a call from one of the stars at Sports Personality of the Year...

A sporting volunteer from Plymouth is thrilled to receive a #BigThankYou call

My sporting highlight of 2016

Anna Thompson

BBC Sport assistant editor

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Team GB’s performance in Rio was staggering and it was a privilege to be in Brazil leading our coverage as they surpassed their medal target.

But I have to say being in the Maracana Stadium at the final of the men’s football where Brazil took on 2014 World Cup nemesis Germany will live long in the memory.

There were so many people crammed into the Maracana, willing on the host nation. I felt nervous for them! And to witness the scenes as the stadium erupted when Neymar slotted in the winning penalty, was truly amazing!

'Phelps greatest athlete ever'

Ian Thorpe, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, has made a huge claim about Lifetime Achievement winner Michael Phelps, but we reckon it may well be justified: "We have the greatest athlete that’s ever walked the planet. If you look at the next equivalent athlete to him you need to double their medal haul."

Listen to reaction on BBC Radio 5 live at the top of this page.

Phelps and Thorpe

Lutalo shatters TV magic


So, we spend all this time setting up a nice illusion that the stars are speaking to someone through the old device in this gold phonebox for the #BigThankYou and Rio taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad completely forgets to use it!

'I completely forgot about the phone!'

The royal family approve...

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Kim in the bad books?

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Winner Andy Murray has just been asked on 5 live about wife Kim voting for third-placed Nick Skelton: "I’m hoping she was joking! I’ll speak to her when I'm off air and find out definitely.

"It’s my last day off before Christmas and I’m doing my Christmas shopping tonight so if she gives me the wrong answer she’s not getting anything.”

My sporting highlight of 2016

Elizabeth Hudson

BBC Sport's Paralympics reporter

Daniel Dias
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I was at London 2012 and saw time and time again how the home crowd got behind their athletes and it was the same in Rio, particularly for the likes of Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, the poster boy of the Games.

On the final evening of competition, he had two medal chances in the 100m freestyle and then in the last event of the entire swimming programme – the 4x100m medley relay.

As expected, Dias was roared on to his expected victory in the individual event and he was an emotional figure as he received his fourth gold medal – but his night’s work was not over yet.

Brazil had opted to start with Dias (their most impaired swimmer) and finish with their stronger ones. They knew that gold was out of reach but they were going to give their all for a medal.

By halfway, they were well adrift in last and it looked a lost cause, but they knew their strongest swimmers were still to come. As the comeback started, that was the cue for the crowd to get even louder and the noise level was unlike anything I had experienced before, even at 2012.

It didn’t matter that China and Ukraine won gold and silver, everyone else, Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike, were willing Brazil to get that bronze medal – and they did, ensuring the sport finished on a high and Dias finished with nine medals from an unforgettable home Games.

A look back at those we lost in 2016

SPOTY's look back at those we have lost

Unsung Hero dedicates award to fellow volunteers


True to the nature of the Unsung Heroes, 2016 winner Marcellus Baz suggested his win should be shared with all the other volunteers who have not been recognised.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero

'Without you I wouldn't be a champion'


Multiple Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft joined in the #BigThankYou

Selfie time

From one Olympic champion to another...

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Who got Murray's vote?

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"I got asked before who I would have voted for and I said Alistair [Brownlee]," says Murray, who draws parallels between the Brownlee brothers and his own relationship with his brother Jamie. 

He adds: "What they do in their career is an extremely tough, hard physical sport but then at the end it isn’t just about the winning all of the time and I think that sometimes gets lost. That’s an important message."

Murray also reflected on his winning year, saying the Olympic final in which he triumphed over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro was "probably the most special moment of the year because of the way the match was won". 

Remember this is also the year he won his second Wimbledon. An embarrassment of riches for the Scot in 2016.

Andy Murray

Michael joins the Foxes

'We need more people like you helping sport'


Darren Campbell and Jessica Ennis-Hill teamed up to say a #BiGThankYou to an athletics volunteer.

Jessica Ennis-Hill was introduced by Darren Campbell.

Recap: Phelps wins Lifetime Achievement award

Lifetime achievement award

'You are my hero'

Swimmers' union!

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BBC Radio 5 live

Nick Skelton: "It is an honour to be standing there with so many great sportsmen and sportswomen.

"I think there were a few times where I was told by the surgeons not to ride again but I had a horse in the stable that I knew was promising so I found a surgeon in Europe that said yes and really that was the only answer I was looking for.

"To be in the top three shows that people are taking notice and it is a great accolade."

Andy Murray's acceptance speech

My sporting highlight of 2016

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

Cue Card
Rex Features

The most memorable moment of the year was for me a near-miss when Cue Card, on target for the £1m ‘Steeplechasing Triple Crown’ in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – having already won the Betfair Chase and the King George V1 Chase – dramatically fell at the third-last obstacle.

Following the bonus announcement by the Jockey Club, owner of the tracks where the three legs took place, there was plenty of head-shaking amongst those believing that if anyone scooped the huge pot, it would probably be one of the ‘usual suspects’, i.e. a big-name owner and/or a big-name trainer, who bank plenty already.

That Colin Tizzard and his family-run stable in rural Dorset, plus owner Jean Bishop, got the chance to aim at the million with one of jump racing’s most enduring and popular old warriors changed many minds and the support was palpable.

The sigh that went up as the fall shattered all the dreams was deafening. Happily, however, the horse and jockey Paddy Brennan were unscathed and, talk about living to fight another day, they’ve already won leg one this season. 

Recap: Leicester win Team of the Year

Leicester captain Wes Morgan has been reflecting on the qualities that gained them the Sports Personality Team of the Year Award (as well as the Premier League title): "It was one of those great things as a team where you can look at each other and just say 'same again'. We were solid and it was just a case of going on the pitch and doing the same thing. 

"We’ve not done it the easy way but we did it in the end and it just comes down the unique set of lads we’ve got."

Team of the Year

My sporting moment of 2016

Nate Williams

BBC Sport

Ibrahim Hamadtou
Rex Features

We saw many extraordinary performances during the Rio 2016 Paralympics. We saw swimmers win medals without arms or legs and we saw archers shoot arrows with their toes.

But for me, there was one performance so unique I had never seen it before.

Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamadtou did not win a medal but the way he played the game using just his feet to serve and with a bat in his mouth deserves some recognition.

I don’t know how he controlled the direction and pace of a small ping pong ball with a bat between his teeth but it was so incredible to watch - I had to stop working for a brief moment to admire his brilliance.

'Murray never worried what people think'

Annabel Croft

Former British number one on Radio 5 live

He’s never worried what people thought of him and he's become one of the most popular sportsmen in the country. 

I feel as if he can go on and dominate quite significantly in 2017.

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Katie: Highlight of #SPOTY for me was definitely seeing @Simone_Biles's winning vt with @claudia_frag cheering her on in the audience, faves.

Stu: Well done Andy Murray never thought I'd see the day where we had a British world no1, Wimbledon winner & gold medal winner

Mark Haggan: So many fantastic British sport stars this year who have done incredible things. Amazing to see.

My sporting moment of 2016

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport

Andy Murray claimed one of the great, historic titles in tennis when he won the Italian Open in May, and beating Novak Djokovic to finish the week without dropping a set finally convinced the clay-court cognoscenti that the Briton was a real French Open contender. To be there as he hugged the trophy, while shuffling around the media centre in his tracksuit, was a special moment. 

The breakdown you've all been waiting for...


Skelton celebrates third place

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The moment Murray made it a hat-trick

Sports Personality of the Year 2016

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Recap: Helen Rollason award

Here's Ben Smith's story.

Tonight he picked up the Helen Rollason award for outstanding achievement.

The Helen Rollason award

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Where does Andy Murray now rank in the pantheon of British sporting icons? Pretty high, we reckon. Let us know, using #spoty.

Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year

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Murray a true winner

John Inverdale

BBC Radio 5 live

The priority with Murray is not the bangles or the glitter or the gold… it’s the winning.

'Kim voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart.'

Winner Andy Murray, speaking live from Miami: "I'd like to thank everyone who voted, I really appreciate your support. And I'd like to thank my team, they make a lot of sacrifices for me, they're away form their family at times of the year like this. 

"Also I'd like to thank my family. I think my mum is in the crowd there, my dad as as well, he just got married 10 days ago, I miss you guys. 

"I'd like to say a huge thanks to my wife and my daughter, who won't know what this means yet, but maybe in a few years she will.

"Actually, I've got a bone to pick with my wife because about an hour ago she told me she'd voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart from her with Christmas coming up.

"It's been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it." 

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Sideburns Kev: Great to see Nick Skelton and Alistair Brownlee being recognised.

Allan Blair Beaton: Nice waaaaaan @andy_murray ! Another #SPOTY for the cupboard. Well done!

Helen Shaw: Well done Andy Murray. Well deserved. As is Alistair Brownlee in 2nd place.

Andy Murray becomes the first person to win BBC's Sports Personality of the Year three times. 

The reigning Wimbledon champion, the reigning Olympic champion, the reigning Sports Personality of the Year.

Andy, we salute you. 

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The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 is...


Second place

It's Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee! 


Third place

It's Olympic equestrian champion Nick Skelton!


Here we go then...your winners are about to be announced!