US Open champion Emma Raducanu has capped an extraordinary 2021 by being named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
The 19-year-old completed a fairytale in New York in September as she became the first qualifier ever to win a grand slam tennis tournament.
She also became the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a grand slam, and claimed the title without dropping a set.
Emma Raducanu was named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night
The 19-year-old, who lives in Bromley, became the first female SPOTY winner since 2006
Her achievements have made her one of British sport’s biggest stars, and she claimed the prestigious BBC prize ahead of Olympic gold medallists Tom Daley and Adam Peaty.
Tyson Fury, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey were the other three individuals shortlisted for the award, with Sir Lewis Hamilton, who came so close to winning a record eighth Formula One title earlier this month, omitted
‘Thank you, it’s such an honour just to be amongst these nominees. Congrats to you and all your achievements.
Raducanu, isolating after testing positive for Covid, accepted the award by video link
Olympic gold medallists Adam Peaty (L) and Tom Daley (R) were second and third respectively
‘I’m really happy with this, I’ve watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up and it’s an honour to be amongst those past winners.
‘I’m happy for British tennis as well, and that we’ve managed to get this award… again!’
Emma Raducanu won the main award after her incredible US Open success.
Tyson Fury was included on the list of nominees, despite threatening the BBC with legal action
The 19-year-old was the first qualifier ever to win a grand slam, and the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
She triumphed at Flushing Meadows in September without dropping a set.
She is the first woman to win the award since Zara Tindall in 2006, and the youngest winner since Michael Owen in 1998
Raheem Sterling’s goals were crucial for England as they made it to the final of Euro 2020
Dame Sarah Storey continued her Paralympic success with three gold medals at Tokyo 2020