BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

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Roger Federer has received the award four times, more than any other athlete in history.

The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year[1] is an award presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. The award is presented to a non-British sportsperson considered to have made the most substantial contribution to a sport in that year. The award was decided by a panel of over 30 sporting journalists. Each panellist voted for their top two choices; their first preference was awarded two points, and their second preference was awarded one point. The winning sportsperson had the most total points. In the case of a points tie, the sportsperson chosen as first preference by the most panellists is the winner. If this is also a tie the award is shared.[2] In 2015 the public voted for this award.

The Overseas Personality award was first presented in 1960, six years after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was introduced. The first recipient of the award was Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott.[3] Since then, the award has been presented to 49 sportspersons. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has won the award four times. American boxer Muhammad Ali and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have both won the award three times.[4] The award has been shared on three occasions—by Ron Clarke and Gary Player in 1965, Eusébio and Garfield Sobers in 1966, and Evander Holyfield and Michael Johnson in 1996.[5] The husband-and-wife skating duo of Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova are the only pair to have won the award, doing so in 1968.[6] Belousova was the first woman to become Overseas Personality—she was also the oldest, aged 33. George Moore is the oldest recipient of the award, winning in 1967 aged 44. The youngest recipient of the award is Nadia Comăneci, who won in 1976 at age 15. Boris Becker, who was 18 when he won in 1985, is the youngest male to have won.[5]

Twenty different countries have been represented by the award winners. United States sportspersons have won the award the most times, having had nineteen recipients, two of whom shared the award. Three cricketers have received the award -- Garfield Sobers of Barbados, Brian Lara of Trinidad and Tobago (both of whom played for the West Indies cricket team), and Shane Warne of Australia.[7][8] Thirteen sporting disciplines have been represented; tennis has the highest representation, with fifteen recipients. The most recent recipient in 2017 was Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.[9]

Only one winner has ever been stripped of the award – US cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose 2003 award was rescinded by the BBC following the UCI's 2012 decision to strip Armstrong of his titles and ban him for life from the sport.[10]

Winners[edit]

By year[edit]

  •  dagger  Denotes joint winners.
  •  double-dagger  Denotes a winning couple.
Herb Elliott, the first recipient
Muhammad Ali (top) and Usain Bolt (bottom) have received the award three times.
Greg Norman received the award twice
Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova, joint recipients of the award in 1968, are also husband and wife.
Evander Holyfield, who shared the award with Michael Johnson in 1996
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year winners
Year Nationality Winner Sport Note
1960  Australia Herb Elliott Athletics [6]
1961  Soviet Union Valeriy Brumel Athletics [6]
1962  Canada Donald Jackson Figure skating [6]
1963  France Jacques Anquetil Cycling [6]
1964  Ethiopia Abebe Bikila Athletics [6]
1965  Australia Ron Clarke dagger Athletics [11]
 South Africa Gary Player dagger Golf [11]
1966  Portugal Eusébio dagger Football [11]
 Barbados Garfield Sobers dagger Cricket [11]
1967  Australia George Moore Horse racing [6]
1968  Soviet Union Oleg Protopopov double-dagger Figure skating [6]
 Soviet Union Ludmila Belousova double-dagger Figure skating [6]
1969  Australia Rod Laver Tennis [12]
1970  Brazil Pelé Football [6]
1971  United States Lee Trevino Golf [13]
1972  Soviet Union Olga Korbut Gymnastics [14]
1973  United States Muhammad Ali (1/3) Boxing [3]
1974  United States Muhammad Ali (2/3) Boxing [3]
1975  United States Arthur Ashe Tennis [15]
1976  Romania Nadia Comăneci Gymnastics [16]
1977  Austria Niki Lauda Formula One [17]
1978  United States Muhammad Ali (3/3) Boxing [3]
1979  Sweden Björn Borg Tennis [18]
1980  United States Jack Nicklaus Golf [19]
1981  United States Chris Evert Tennis [20]
1982  United States Jimmy Connors Tennis [21]
1983  United States Carl Lewis Athletics [22]
1984  Spain Seve Ballesteros Golf [23]
1985  West Germany Boris Becker Tennis [11]
1986  Australia Greg Norman (1/2) Golf [24]
1987  United States Martina Navratilova Tennis [25]
1988  West Germany Steffi Graf Tennis [26]
1989  United States Mike Tyson Boxing [27]
1990  Australia Mal Meninga Rugby league [6]
1991  United States Mike Powell Athletics [6]
1992  United States Andre Agassi Tennis [28]
1993  Australia Greg Norman (2/2) Golf [29]
1994  Trinidad and Tobago Brian Lara Cricket [30]
1995  New Zealand Jonah Lomu Rugby union [31]
1996  United States Evander Holyfield dagger Boxing [32]
 United States Michael Johnson dagger Athletics [32]
1997   Switzerland Martina Hingis Tennis [33]
1998  United States Mark O'Meara Golf [34]
1999  United States Maurice Greene Athletics [35]
2000  United States Tiger Woods Golf [36]
2001  Croatia Goran Ivanišević Tennis [37]
2002  Brazil Ronaldo Football [38]
2003  United States Lance Armstrong Cycling [39]
2004   Switzerland Roger Federer (1/4) Tennis [40]
2005  Australia Shane Warne Cricket [41]
2006   Switzerland Roger Federer (2/4) Tennis [42]
2007   Switzerland Roger Federer (3/4) Tennis [43]
2008  Jamaica Usain Bolt (1/3) Athletics [44]
2009  Jamaica Usain Bolt (2/3) Athletics [45]
2010  Spain Rafael Nadal Tennis [46]
2011  Serbia Novak Djokovic Tennis [47]
2012  Jamaica Usain Bolt (3/3) Athletics [48]
2013  Germany Sebastian Vettel Formula One [49]
2014  Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Football [50]
2015  New Zealand Dan Carter Rugby union [51]
2016  United States Simone Biles Gymnastics [52]
2017   Switzerland Roger Federer (4/4) Tennis [53]

By nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by nationality based on the principle of jus soli.

Nationality Number of wins[a]
 United States 19
 Australia 8
  Switzerland 5
 Soviet Union 4
 Germany 3
 Jamaica 3
 Brazil 2
 New Zealand 2
 Portugal 2
 Spain 2
 Austria 1
 Barbados 1
 Canada 1
 Croatia 1
 Ethiopia 1
 France 1
 Romania 1
 Serbia 1
 South Africa 1
 Sweden 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 1

By sport[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by recipient's sporting profession.

Sporting profession Number of wins[a]
Tennis 17
Athletics 11
Golf 8
Boxing 5
Football 4
Cricket 3
Figure skating 3
Gymnastics 3
Formula One 2
Rugby union 2
Cycling 1 2
Horse racing 1
Rugby league 1

By gender[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by gender.

Gender Number of wins[a]
Male 48.5
Female 7.5

Note[edit]

  • a1 a2 The fractions refer to occasions on which the awarded was shared between more than one person.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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