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Emma Raducanu crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 as Gareth Southgate scoops best coach award

“Thank you to all the voters and fans for all the support I’ve received over the past year. It was absolutely insane.”

Raducanu was rewarded for a first Grand Slam win that was among the most impressive in tennis history, one that made her the first qualifier to win a major title, the first player to win in her second appearance in the main draw, the first British women’s tournament champion in 44 years and youngest in over 60 years.

Even more incredible is that she pulled it all off without dropping a set-all tournament. 9.2 million were able to watch in this country because Amazon Prime Video, which had the rights, made a deal with Channel 4.

Raducanu’s triumph came less than three months after her WTA Tour debut and barely two months since she first captured the nation’s hearts at Wimbledon, where she became the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open era, before her was cruelly forced to withdraw breathing difficulties.

The smashing success in September made her one of Britain’s youngest sporting millionaires and a coveted star, attending the Met Gala and a James Bond premiere, and believed to be the country’s richest sportswoman, thanks in part to her half-Chinese, half-Romanian heritage.

Ahead of her win, she said she’s still the same girl from Bromley, adding: “I feel the same and everyone around me is definitely the same and holds me in my place 100 per cent.

“It was great how everyone was so friendly and positive when I got back home and into the area. But nothing has changed in my attitude.

“My parents are never the ones who really make a big deal out of what I do well.

“They were normal: nothing too big; nothing too low. That’s how they raised me.”

In addition to beating Daley and Peaty for the top prize, Raducanu also edged out competition from Raheem Sterling, Tyson Fury and Dame Sarah Storey on a six-man shortlist.

The other big winner of the evening was Gareth Southgate after he was named Coach of the Year and England Team of the Year for reaching the final of the European Championship, the country’s first major final in 55 years.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2021/12/19/sports-personality-year-2021-results-live-updates-bbc-winner/ Emma Raducanu crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 as Gareth Southgate scoops best coach award

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