Tony McCoy picks up top BBC award

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Jockey Tony McCoy has picked up the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award; the Grand National winner picked up a massive 40% of the overall vote.

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McCoy has said that he feels humbled by receiving the award, which saw him beat many famous faces to the number one spot. He is also the first jockey to ever win the prestigious award.

The champion jockey cemented his reputation as one of the sport's most prolific personalities after he won the 2010 Grand National in April, riding on Don't Push It.

Stoke-on-trent darts champion Phil “The Power” Taylor picked second place on the night, with athlete Jessica Ennis scooping third place.

McCoy, who is widely known by his initials AP (Anthony Peter), was quick to show his respect for the other sportsmen and women who had been nominated for the award.

"When I received my award I was disappointed that I forgot to mention the nine other nominees, who are all amazing in their sports," stated McCoy.

McCoy paid homage to his compatriot Graeme McDowell who finished fifth in the rankings; he picked up a victory at one of golf's most harshly-contested competitions, the US Open.

"Graeme was the first European to win a US Open in 40 years and holed the winning putt in the Ryder Cup. He's one of the best golfers in the world, along with Lee Westwood.” added McCoy.

"I can't describe how humbled I felt to be standing in front of so many amazing sportspeople."

The event was packed with many famous faces, including David Beckham, who picked up a 'lifetime achievement' award for his services to football.

Meanwhile, the battle for the English Premier League rages on with bet365, BetFred and William Hill offering 11/8 odds that Manchester United will go on to win the 2010/11 Premiership title.

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