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Button beaten to BBC award

Jenson Button forced to settle for second place in the battle for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Despite being the overwhelming favourite with bookmakers, F1 title winner Jenson Button was forced to settle for second place in the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Button went into the annual end of season awards as the hot favourite to secure the title having lifted the F1 crown for the first time but was instead beaten into second place by Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs.

Giggs polled 29.4 per cent of the vote, with Button picking up 18.74 per cent.

It marked the second successive season that Britain's F1 title winner has failed to win the award, with Lewis Hamilton having lost out last year to cyclist Chris Hoy following his success at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Elsewhere, Button's Brawn GP team missed out on securing the team of the year award to the Ashes-winning England cricket team, while young British racing driver Sarah Moore failed to secure Young Sports Personality of the Year – which went to diver Tom Daly.

Since its creation in 1954, the Sports Personality of the Year award has gone to an F1 driver on six occasions, with Sir Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart winning once and Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill both winning twice.



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BRITFAN

December 14, 2009 7:38 PM

@andrew mac An award like SPOTY is taken very seriously by sportsman BECAUSE it comes from the public and not sponsors etc and Jenson does do his talking on the track, just look at Brazil. @2pac There is no need to personally attack me. That is rude and uncalled for. You do not know me, have no idea HOW I feel about british sport or how much I go out of my way to help and support it. You are just typical of this site, where everyday people are belittled and harrased for their views. It is very close to bullying and you should be heartily ashamed of yourself.

Alan D - Unregistered

December 14, 2009 6:18 PM

Britfan, I agree with you re the English cricket team. The women's team has been so neglected by the media. Not only did they win everything this year, but the captain, Claire Taylor, is the first woman ever to be named Cricketer of the Year by Wisden (the cricket player's bible). Interesting that the Brawn GP team didn't get a shout for the team trophy, but I guess a team of mechanics will never qualify for a sports award.



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