Gary Lineker looks back on the 60-year history of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. What started in 1954 as a low-key affair, with a surprise winner when Chris Chataway beat four-minute mile record breaker Roger Bannister, has subsequently grown into one of the most anticipated nights on the sport and television calendars - with the 2012 event the biggest ever.
In the 60 years Sports Personality has been on the air, sport and society has evolved, but the award remains as relevant and important now as it ever has done. As Lineker explains, this is because of the public - the people who are so frequently captivated by sport - that vote in their thousands every year to select the award winner. As such, the roll of honour on the Sports Personality of the Year trophy reads like a who's who of UK sport, and the programme itself has become a broadcasting institution.
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