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Murray and adidas have fun with 'personality' award

ESPN staff
December 16, 2013
Andy Murray was not present for the ceremony © PA Photos

Andy Murray justified his odds-on favourite tag as he was named 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday - as sponsors adidas also had fun with the Scot winning the award.

Murray became the first Brit since Fred Perry to claim the Wimbledon men's singles title in July, and improved on his third place finish at the 2012 award.

Known for his low-key appearance, Murray apologised for his lack of excitement and maintained his personality and voice always seemed to sound the same - something which his main sponsor used in giving their congratulations.

"I know sometimes I'm not the easiest person to support but I've had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I'm glad I managed to do it," Murray told the BBC.

"No matter how excited I try to sound, my voice always sounds boring - that's just my voice. I'm sorry. I'm very excited right now. Thank you very much everyone."

Wales and British & Irish Lions player Leigh Halfpenny claimed second, while 18-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy finished third.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel was named Overseas Personality and Sir Alex Ferguson picked up the Diamond Award.

Skeet-shooter Amber Hill was named Young Sports Personality of the Year and Anne Williams, the Hillsborough justice campaigner who died in April, was named winner of the Helen Rollason Award. Joe and Maggie Forber claimed the Unsung Hero award for their efforts promoting basketball in Manchester.

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