Belfast - Davis Cup hero Andy Murray won
the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2015 at a star-studded
reception in Belfast on Sunday.
The world number two, who was picking up
the honour for the second time, led Great Britain to their first Davis Cup
title since 1936 last month.
Accepting the award the Scot said: "I
didn't expect this - a friend actually sent me a message the other day with an
article from a newspaper which said Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in
Worthing, which I thought was a bit harsh - on Worthing.
"It's very humbling to be up here in
front of so many great athletes - I'm just a great sports fan and I'm really
Murray, who won Olympic gold and the US
Open in 2012 and Wimbledon a year earlier, reflected on Britain's rise to Davis
"This has been a five-year journey -
we were right down at the bottom level or tennis and now we're ranked number
one in the world and I never thought that would be possible."
In second place came Kevin Sinfield, who
retired from rugby league after an extraordinary career, including winning the
Challenge Cup, League Leaders' Shield and the Super League title in his final
season, before switching codes to union
Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was crowned world
heptathlon champion in August, 13 months after giving birth, came in third.
Jump jockey legend AP McCoy received the
Lifetime Achievement Award after bringing his illustrious career to a close in
McCoy - who won the main Sports Personality
prize in 2010 - retired after riding 4,357 winners and being crowned Champion
Jockey 20 consecutive times.
Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter
picked up the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.
The 33-year-old Carter ended his
international career by leading New Zealand to a World Cup triumph in England
in the summer.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill
won the Coach of the Year award after leading his nation to the Euro 2016
And the British Davis Cup team were
rewarded for their historic triumph in Belgium by winning the Team of the Year