London: Andy Murray, the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon in 77 years, was crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year here.
To nobody`s s surprise, the favourite, thanks to his landmark victory against Novak Djokovic on that historic July afternoon on Centre Court, was rewarded with the famous old camera trophy.
According to `The Telegraph`, it was presented to him in Miami, where he had opted to stay and train, by Martina Navratilova while back at the awards show in Leeds, where last year`s winner Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his victory, the news was also received with a rapturous salute from an audience of 12,000.
Surprise runner-up to Murray was Wales and Lions rugby star Leigh Halfpenny while champion jockey Tony McCoy finished third but, it always had looked a one-champion race as Murray`s achievement, almost the last great peak of post-war sport left unclimbed by British sportsmen, felt
too monumental to be challenged.
Even pitted against a field of monumental achievers in 2013, including a double world track champion Mo Farah, the Tour de France winner Chris Froome, the US Open golf champion Justin Rose, Murray`s feat of emulating Fred Perry after a gap of 77 years, felt on a plateau of its own.