Rower Sir Steve Redgrave fourth in all-time Sports Personality poll

Ahead of the Sports Personality of the Year, the Radio Times has announced the results of a readers poll of 11,000 people to find Britain’s greatest sports personality of all time.  World Cup winner and England legend, Sir Bobby Moore, beat modern greats including Sir Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and Sir Steve Redgrave to top the poll ahead of the BBC’s SPOTY 2018.

Andy Murray came second in the Radio Times greatest Sports Personality winner of all time poll with 2018 F1 champion Lewis Hamilton voted third. Great Britain’s most successful rower, Sir Steve Redgrave, was voted fourth in the Radio Times poll. Redgrave won Sports Personality of the Year in 2000 after winning his fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal – you can see WEROW’s top Redgrave picks from YouTube here.

Sir Steve Redgrave wins sports personality of the year - Rower Sir Steve Redgrave fourth in all-time Sports Personality poll

Britain’s joint most successful Olympian of all time, Sir Chris Hoy, came in fifth, while last year’s Sports Personality winner Sir Mo Farah came in sixth. Double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson placed seventh, while England and Manchester United star David Beckham came in eighth. Figure skating pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the only dual winners of Sports Personality, came ninth on the list, with Paul Gascoigne and cricket star Sir Ian Botham coming in joint tenth.

Unlike previous years, this year the BBC will only reveal the Sports Personality shortlist on the night, when viewers will be able to vote to crown the 2018 winner.

In the new issue of Radio Times, broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson explains the enduring appeal of Sports Personality. “It’s so difficult to know how some winners strike a claim in the public’s affections for these awards, what it is that strikes a chord with them,” he says. “There are odd things in these sporting greats that just confirm or spark something in you.”

Greatest Sports Personality of All Time – the Top 20

1: Bobby Moore (1966)

2: Sir Andy Murray (2013, 2015, 2016)

3: Lewis Hamilton (2014)

4: Sir Steve Redgrave (2000)

5: Sir Chris Hoy (2008)

6: Sir Mo Farah (2017)

7: Daley Thompson (1982)

8: David Beckham (2001)

9: Torvill and Dean (1984)

10: Paul Gascoigne (1990)

10: Sir Ian Botham (1981)

11: Jonny Wilkinson (2003)

12: AP McCoy (2010)

13: Sir Henry Cooper (1967, 1970)

14: Paula Radcliffe (2002)

15: Andrew Flintoff (2005)

16: Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012)

17: Joe Calzaghe (2007)

17: Dame Kelly Holmes (2004)

17: Lord Sebastian Coe (1979)

17: John Surtees (1959)

18: Ryan Giggs (2009)

18: Dame Mary Peters (1972)

19: Sir Chris Chataway (1954)

20: Sir Stirling Moss (1961)

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