Hollie Doyle took third place
She said: “It felt unbelievable (to finish third) but it felt like I was picking it up for the horse racing industry, not just myself.
“I always thought that good things like this don’t happen to people like me but I’m just honoured to be where I am.”
The other three members of the six-person shortlist were heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury – who had asked to be removed from the list and urged his fans not to vote for him – six-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and England cricketer Stuart Broad.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford picked up a Panel Special Award for his relentless campaigning to end child food poverty.
“Growing up as a kid I felt if it was a 100 metre race I started 50 metres behind everybody else,” Rashford said on receiving the award.
“It was more difficult for me to do the basic things like getting to training, eat the right things, it was a nightmare of a situation to be in, but in the end I got to where I needed to get to.
“Once I got there I just had this thing that eats at me saying, ‘Make sure you make a difference for the next generation’.
“I think as a country we should protect them as much as we can and give them the best chance at life and to become whatever it is they want to become.”
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