Presenter Gabby Logan, centre, introduces Sports Personality of the Year Mo Farah, on screen, during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 event at the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, Sunday Dec. 17, 2017. (David Davies/PA via AP)
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Britain's four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah was named BBC sports personality of the year for the first time Sunday, edging out motorcycling champion Jonathan Rea to the award.Farah, 34, successfully defended his 10,000-metre title at the World Championships in August, although he missed out on another distance double after taking silver in the 5,000m.Farah earned 83,524 votes -- 2,957 more than Northern Irishman Rea, who became the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike titles, while double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock came third.
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