Greg’s a top ten personality

Great Britain's Greg Rutherford celebrates winning gold in the long jump during day four of the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 25, 2015. See PA story ATHLETICS World. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No transmission of sound or moving images and no video simulation. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information ATHLETICS_World_143571.JPG
Great Britain's Greg Rutherford celebrates winning gold in the long jump during day four of the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 25, 2015. See PA story ATHLETICS World. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No transmission of sound or moving images and no video simulation. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information ATHLETICS_World_143571.JPG

Grand slam winner Greg Rutherford came ninth overall in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday night.

It has been quite a year for the long-jumper as he added the World Championships to his gold medal collection, making him only the fifth British athlete in history to hold the British, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic titles at once.

Tennis star Andy Murray was crowned winner as he led Great Britain to Davis Cup success last month.

He received 361,446 votes (35 per cent) ahead of rugby league player Andy Sinfield, who picked up 278,353.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, who like Rutherford claimed the gold in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Beijing, came third, a long way off the leading duo with 79,898 votes.

Rutherford finished ninth with 23,492 of the votes.

Rutherford, from Milton Keynes, almost didn’t attend the ceremony after controversial comments from fellow SPOTY nominee, and heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury regarding women and sexuality.

While Rutherford confirmed he had initially expressed his preference to withdraw from the ceremony in Belfast, he later changed his mind.

Rutherford will be looking to retain his Olympic long jump title in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, next summer.