England cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2019.
After a man of the match performance as England won the World Cup for the first time, the dramatic super over victory against New Zealand at Lord’s was the icing on the cake for the 28-year-old.
The all-rounder saw off both Lewis Hamilton and Dina Asher-Smith to be crowned BBC SPOTY in the public vote.
Other nominees included the likes of Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling and 2019 Six Nations winning captain Alun Wyn Jones.
He becomes the first cricketer since Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff in 2005 to win the prize, being just the fifth ever.
In his acceptance speech, Stokes said:
“First of all, I think congratulations to all the nominees. What you’ve managed to achieve as individuals and do for your sport is simply sensational, so well done to you too.”
“It’s an individual award, but I play a team sport and one of the great things about that is you get to share special moments with those team-mates, coaches and without that effort you put in, I wouldn’t be up here receiving this award so thank you so much. Two years ago was a tough time for me in my life and I’ve had so many people help me through that.”
But what lies next in line for those nominated?
Dina Asher-Smith took home three medals at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, becoming the first British woman in history to win a global gold medal in a sprint event, with her 21.88s 200m sprint being a national record.
Overlooked to say the least, the GB athlete impressed hugely in 2019, but full focus now turns to Tokyo 2020 for the 24-year-old.
Lewis Hamilton enjoyed one of the racing seasons of his life in 2019, winning his sixth World Championship over the course of the year.
He now sits just one title behind Michael Schumacher, becoming the second most successful driver of all time.
Will he beat Schumacher’s all-time race record next season? The Brit only needs eight victories to do so.
Here is the moment the 34-year-old won his sixth World Championship.
Raheem Sterling has excelled on and off the pitch in 2019, winning the domestic treble with Manchester City, whilst contributing to 47 goals throughout the course of last season.
Sterling, 25, won the Football Writers Association Football of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year, with his displays landing him on the 30-man Ballon D’or shortlist.
The Englishman has the Euros to look forward to next summer and his strong role model status through his outspoken stance against racism still remains at the forefront of sports headlines.
What lies next in wait for Manchester City’s number seven?
Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones captained his nation to another Six Nations Grand Slam victory in 2019 and was subsequently named Player of the Championship, as well as being nominated for the IRB World Rugby Player of the Year award.
At the Rugby World Cup he became the most capped player for Wales, and (including his Lions caps) the second most capped player in the history of the game behind New Zealand’s Richie McCaw.
Wales head into the 2020 Championship with Wayne Pivac at the helm for his first campaign in charge as Wales boss, with a single game as head coach under his belt in the 43-33 win over the Barbarians back in November.
Can the 34-year-old captain his side to further Six Nation glory in 2020? Here is the moment when Wales won their 27th Grand Slam, to move just one behind England’s record.
But some fans took to Twitter as they thought it was not the right decision.
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