Lewis Hamilton beats Rory McIlroy for BBC Sports Personality award

London: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday, beating golf star Rory McIlroy into second place.

Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy
Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy 

Hamilton won a second world title this year taking the crown ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the final race. McIlroy had been the favourite to take the BBC award, now in its 61st year, after a season which saw him clinch two majors, the British Open and PGA Championship.

British athlete Jo Pavey was third in the public vote. "I could not have done this without my amazing team, my family, my dad who once had four jobs to help me, my brother. I've been incredibly inspired by them," said Hamilton.

"Thank you to all the fans. I always say we win and lose together because I feel your love. I feel so proud to carry the Union flag and hope I will continue to make you proud."

Not everybody in the sports world was pleased by the result. "Absolutely ridiculous that @McIlroyRory has not won Sports Personality 2014. Huge respect to @LewisHamilton but come on," tweeted Ryder Cup winning golfer Ian Poulter.

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