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Murray caps best year of career with record 3rd BBC award

  • Andy Murray is interviewed by Gary Lineker over a video link prior to the announcement of him winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, England,  Sunday Dec. 18, 2016. (David Davies/PA via AP)

    Andy Murray is interviewed by Gary Lineker over a video link prior to the announcement of him winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, England, Sunday Dec. 18, 2016. (David Davies/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a video link Andy Murray, right, receives the Sports Personality of the Year award from the Lennox Lewis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, England,  Sunday Dec. 18, 2016. (David Davies/PA via AP)

    In a video link Andy Murray, right, receives the Sports Personality of the Year award from the Lennox Lewis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, England, Sunday Dec. 18, 2016. (David Davies/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Murray has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time after winning the Wimbledon and Olympic singles titles in 2016 and also finishing the season as the world's top-ranked player.

Murray won the domestic award in 2013 and '15, too.

The 29-year-old Murray capped the best season of his career by beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP finals in London and claim a fifth straight title, earning him the year-end No. 1 ranking. He hasn't lost since Sept. 16.

Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee was second in the voting and Olympic showjumping gold medalist Nick Skelton came third at a ceremony in Birmingham, central England.