Cyclist Hoy Beats Hamilton To Sport Personality Award
The British Sports Personality of the year award for 2008 went to Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy, beating Lewis Hamilton.
The British rider who won multiple gold medals at a highly successful Beijing Olympics for the team also beat off swimmer Rebecca Adlington to the coveted prize.
Hoy and Hamilton were at race of champions and were set to compete in a bike V car race, but couldn’t because of poor weather conditions. After jetting across from London to Liverpool, it was announced that Hoy had beaten Hamilton by over 100,000 votes.
“I really wasn’t expecting this, it’s such a shock,” Hoy said.
“I was looking at the odds over the last few weeks and I was lagging in third behind (swimmer) Rebecca (Adlington) and Lewis.”
This is the second time Hamilton has finished second, last year he was beaten to the title by boxer Joe Calzaghe.