SHEFFIELD golden girl Jessica Ennis is runner up to Bradley Wiggins who was named BBC Sport’s Personality Of The Year, writes Graham Walker.
Cyclist Wiggins was the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite after his historic triumph in the Tour de France and gold in the Olympics time trial.
But he was closely followed by heptathlon champion Ennis - the greatest all-round sportswoman in the world and the face of the Olympics.
Andy Murray, who became the first British man to win a grand slam singles title for 76 years when he triumphed in the US Open and won an Olympic gold, was third.
Sheffield’s Lord Sebastian Coe, aged 56, a double Olympic medallist, who was chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Duchess of Cambridge, in her first public appearance since leaving hospital after treatment for severe pregnancy sickness, presented the main prize and also handed over awards to runner up Ennis, plus Lord Coe.
Lord Coe, surrounded on stage by sporting legends, including previous winners, said: “I’m so flattered and honoured - I’ve also been lucky.”
David Beckham introduced Lord Coe and praised his “determination and competitive spirit”.
“He knew we could put on the greatest show on Earth. He run the Olympics and won the Olympics,’’ Beckham added.
Jess’s coach, Toni Minichiello, was shortlisted for Coach Of The Year, which went to cycling supremo Dave Brailsford.
Usain Bolt was named as the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
The list of nominees for the top prize was extended from 10 to 12 this year to reflect the incredible year for British sport.
It also included Mo Farah, double gold medallist in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m, boxer Nicola Adams, sailor Ben Ainslie, 5000m and 10,000 runner Mo Farah, rower Katherine Grainger, sprint cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, golfer Rory McIlroy, Paralymic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, cyclist Sarah Storey and Paralympic wheelchair marathon man David Weir.
Many of Britain’s other top sport stars attended and took part in the event to celebrate Britain’s greatest ever year at the annual glitzy event, this year at London’s ExCeL Arena.
Teenage swimmer Josef Craig was named as the Young Sports Personality of the Year after becoming Britain’s youngest gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics.
The 15-year-old won the S7 400m freestyle final in a new world record, knocking nearly two seconds off the previous best.
Craig, who has mild cerebral palsy, was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2011 which causes rapid weight loss.