BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 winners as Emma Raducanu and Rachael Blackmore crowned

Emma Raducanu has rounded off an unbelievable year by winning BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 19-year-old tennis star was the heavy favourite for the award, and was announced as the winner on Sunday evening.

She shocked the world in September when she defeated Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open – the first qualifier to win the major.

Olympic gold winning diver Tom Daley finished in second place, whilst swimmer Adam Peaty came in third.

Other nominees were included footballer Raheem Sterling. Para-cyclist and swimmer Dame Sarah Storey and boxer Tyson Fury.


With Covid-19 cases rife across the UK, Raducanu was not present in the studio, but accepted her award via video link.

She said: “I’m really happy with this, I’ve watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up and it’s an honour to be amongst those past winners.

“I’m happy for British tennis as well, and that we’ve managed to get this award… again.

“Thanks to all the fans and voters, this year has been insane.

“The energy this year playing at Wimbledon in front of my home crowd – that was something I’ve never felt before.

“I want to say thanks to my team, as well.

“Congrats to the other nominees’ teams as well, it’s a team effort.”

Raducanu is also the first first female tennis player to win the award since in 1977.

Other SPOTY 2021 Winners – full list

Gareth Southgate – Coach of the Year

England men’s football team – Team of the Year

Rachael Blackmore – World Sport Star of the Year

Sky Brown – Young Sports Personality of the Year

Jennifer Beattie – Helen Rollason Award

Sam Barlow – SPOTY Unsung Hero award

Simone Biles – Lifetime Achievement Award

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