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Ennis and Murray finished in second and third

Wiggins won the public vote after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, cycling's ultimate prize, in July, followed days later by the Olympic Time Trial on the streets of Surrey.

Team GB Heptathlon gold medal-winner Jessica Ennis was second, with US Open tennis winner and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray third.

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Kate arrives at awards ceremony

Roger Mosey, the Acting Director of BBC Television, tweeted to say that the Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at the Excel Centre where she will present the Sports Personality of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

July 7 survivor honoured with award

Martine Wright was awarded the Helen Rollason Award. Credit: PA Wire

Martine Wright, who lost her legs in the London bombings on July 7, 2005, and competed in the sitting volleyball at the 2012 Paralympics, won the Helen Rollason Award.

This is presented in memory of the BBC presenter who died in 1999 at the age of 43 after suffering from cancer, and is given for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.

Wright said: "I am absolutely honoured to be here. I count myself lucky to have survived that awful day, and that I've made an incredible journey, the last seven years."

She thanked the emergency services and medical staff who did so much and added that she "will never forget the 52 people that sadly lost their lives, so this is definitely for them as well."

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