Andy Murray third in BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Andy Murray broke his Grand Slam duck in New York

Scotland's tennis star Andy Murray was third in the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The 25-year-old from Dublane gathered 14.17% of the 1,626,718 votes cast, finishing behind Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.

Murray became the first British man to win a grand slam singles title for 76 years when he triumphed in the US Open and won an Olympic gold.

Murray was not present at the awards.

Speaking from his Miami training camp, where he is preparing for January's Australian Open, he said: "I think having lost the Wimbledon final to Roger [Federer] and that experience of playing on that court definitely helped me going into the Olympics.

"And also just the whole momentum of what had happened the night before.

"I was watching on the TV when Mo Farah, Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford won their gold medals and that was a huge boost."

After four Grand Slam final defeats, 2012 was the year Murray finally made his major breakthrough with an epic five-set victory over Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.

Prior to September's success in New York, Murray had contested his first Wimbledon final, losing in four sets to Federer. He gained revenge on the Swiss back on Centre Court just four weeks later, with a crushing straight sets victory to take Olympic gold.

Fellow Scots Sir Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger were also on the list of 12 candidates for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Hoy, the winner of the prize in 2008, became Britain's most decorated Olympian after taking two cycling gold medals at the London Olympics, taking his career tally to six golds and a silver.

The 36-year-old from Edinburgh polled 2.64% of the votes.

Grainger received 1.76% of the votes after winning rowing gold with her partner Anna Watkins in the double sculls, having fallen just short at three previous Olympic Games, taking silver each time.

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