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Usain Bolt, winner of the Overseas Personality award of 2008 and 2009

The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year[1] is an award presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. The award is presented to a non-British sportsperson considered to have made the most substantial contribution to a sport in that year. The award is decided by a panel of over 30 sporting journalists. Each panelist votes for their top two choices; their first preference is awarded two points, and their second preference is awarded one point. The winning sportsperson has the most total points. In the case of a points tie, the sportsperson chosen as first preference by the most panelists is the winner. If this is also a tie the award is shared.[2]

The Overseas Personality award was first presented in 1960, six years after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was introduced. The first recipient of the award was Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott.[3] Since then, the award has been presented to 47 sportspersons. American boxer Muhammad Ali and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer have each won the award three times,[4] and Australian golfer Greg Norman and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have won the award twice. The award has been shared on three occasions—by Ron Clarke and Gary Player in 1965, Eusébio and Garfield Sobers in 1966, and Evander Holyfield and Michael Johnson in 1996.[5] The husband-and-wife skating duo of Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova are the only pair to have won the award, doing so in 1968.[6] Belousova was the first woman to become Overseas Personality—she was also the oldest, aged 33. George Moore is the oldest recipient of the award, winning in 1967 aged 44. The youngest recipient of the award is Nadia Comăneci, who won in 1976 at age 16. Boris Becker, who was 18 when he won in 1985, is the youngest male to have won.[5]

Twenty different countries have been represented by the award winners. United States sportspersons have won the award the most times, having had nineteen recipients, two of whom shared the award. Two cricketers who received the award, Garfield Sobers of Barbados and Brian Lara of Trinidad and Tobago, have both played for the West Indies cricket team.[7][8] Thirteen sporting disciplines have been represented; tennis has the highest representation, with fourteen recipients. The most recent recipient is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who broke both the 100 m and 200 m world records at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and broke them both again in the 2009 World Championships.[9][10]

Contents

Winners

  •  †  Denotes joint winners.
  •  ‡  Denotes a winning couple.
Herb Elliott, the first recipient
 
Muhammad Ali (top) and Roger Federer (bottom) have both received the award three times.
Greg Norman, one of two sportspeople to receive the award twice
Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova, joint recipients of the award in 1968, are also husband and wife.
Evander Holyfield, who shared the award with Michael Johnson in 1996
Year Nat. Winner Sport Note
1960  AUS Elliott, HerbHerb Elliott Athletics [6]
1961  URS Brumel, ValeriyValeriy Brumel Athletics [6]
1962  CAN Jackson, DonaldDonald Jackson Figure skating [6]
1963  FRA Anquetil, JacquesJacques Anquetil Cycling [6]
1964  ETH Bikila, AbebeAbebe Bikila Athletics [6]
1965  AUS Clarke, RonRon Clarke Athletics [11]
1965  RSA Player, GaryGary Player Golf [11]
1966  POR Eusébio Football [11]
1966  BRB Sobers, GarfieldGarfield Sobers Cricket [11]
1967  AUS Moore, GeorgeGeorge Moore Horse racing [6]
1968  URS Protopopov, OlegOleg Protopopov Figure skating [6]
1968  URS Belousova, LudmilaLudmila Belousova Figure skating [6]
1969  AUS Laver, RodRod Laver Tennis [12]
1970  BRA Pelé Football [6]
1971  USA Trevino, LeeLee Trevino Golf [13]
1972  URS Korbut, OlgaOlga Korbut Gymnastics [14]
1973  USA Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali Boxing [3]
1974  USA Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali Boxing [3]
1975  USA Ashe, ArthurArthur Ashe Tennis [15]
1976  ROM Comăneci, NadiaNadia Comăneci Gymnastics [16]
1977  AUT Lauda, NikiNiki Lauda Formula One [17]
1978  USA Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali Boxing [3]
1979  SWE Borg, BjörnBjörn Borg Tennis [18]
1980  USA Nicklaus, JackJack Nicklaus Golf [19]
1981  USA Evert, ChrisChris Evert Tennis [20]
1982  USA Connors, JimmyJimmy Connors Tennis [21]
1983  USA Lewis, CarlCarl Lewis Athletics [22]
1984  ESP Ballesteros, SeverianoSeveriano Ballesteros Golf [23]
1985  FRG Becker, BorisBoris Becker Tennis [11]
1986  AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman Golf [24]
1987  USA Navratilova, MartinaMartina Navratilova Tennis [25]
1988  FRG Graf, SteffiSteffi Graf Tennis [26]
1989  USA Tyson, MikeMike Tyson Boxing [27]
1990  AUS Meninga, MalMal Meninga Rugby league [6]
1991  USA Powell, MikeMike Powell Athletics [6]
1992  USA Agassi, AndreAndre Agassi Tennis [28]
1993  AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman Golf [29]
1994  TRI Lara, BrianBrian Lara Cricket [30]
1995  NZL Lomu, JonahJonah Lomu Rugby union [31]
1996  USA Holyfield, EvanderEvander Holyfield Boxing [32]
1996  USA Johnson, MichaelMichael Johnson Athletics [32]
1997  SUI Hingis, MartinaMartina Hingis Tennis [33]
1998  USA O'Meara, MarkMark O'Meara Golf [34]
1999  USA Greene, MauriceMaurice Greene Athletics [35]
2000  USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods Golf [36]
2001  CRO Ivanišević, GoranGoran Ivanišević Tennis [37]
2002  BRA Ronaldo Football [38]
2003  USA Armstrong, LanceLance Armstrong Cycling [39]
2004  SUI Federer, RogerRoger Federer Tennis [40]
2005  AUS Warne, ShaneShane Warne Cricket [41]
2006  SUI Federer, RogerRoger Federer Tennis [42]
2007  SUI Federer, RogerRoger Federer Tennis [43]
2008  JAM Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt Athletics [44]
2009  JAM Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt Athletics

By nationality

This table lists the total number of awards won by nationality based on the principle of jus soli.

Nationality Number of
wins[a]
 United States 18
 Australia
 Switzerland 4
 Soviet Union 3
 Brazil 2
 Germany 2
 Jamaica 2
 Austria 1
 Canada 1
 Croatia 1
 Ethiopia 1
 France 1
 New Zealand 1
 Romania 1
 Spain 1
 Sweden 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 1
 Barbados ½
 Portugal ½
 South Africa ½

By sport

This table lists the total number of awards won by recipient's sporting profession.

Sporting
profession
Number of
wins[a]
Tennis 14
Athletics 9
Golf
Boxing
Cricket
Football
Cycling 2
Figure skating 2
Gymnastics 2
Formula One 1
Horse racing 1
Rugby league 1
Rugby union 1

Note

  • a1 a2  The fractions refer to occasions on which the awarded was shared between more than one person.

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