BBC Sport - Sports Personality: Steve Ovett wins the 1978 award after European gold
Ovett wins Sports Personality in 1978
- From the section Sports Personality
In 1978, middle-distance runner Steve Ovett was named Sports Personality of the Year.
Ovett won the gold medal competing in the 1500m at the 1978 European Championships in Prague, beginning his rivalry with competitor Sebastian Coe.
Ovett went on to win Olympic Gold in Moscow in 1980, before retiring in 1991.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is broadcast live from Belfast on Sunday, 20 December from 19:00 GMT on BBC One. Further coverage on BBC Sport's online platforms and Radio 5 live.