HISTORYMAKER: Farah (left) his wife Tania (right) and daughter Rihanna
THE RECIPITANT of the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was surprised that double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was not named in the top three for the prestigious honour.
At the ExCel Arena on December 16, the public named cyclist Bradley Wiggins as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Tour de France winner received 30 per cent of the public vote with 492,064 votes.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis was second with tennis player Andy Murray third.
Farah, who captured gold over both 5,000m and 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was fourth with eight per cent of the vote, totaling 131,327.
Wiggins, who won the Tour de France on July 22 before capturing gold in the time trial at London 2012 on August 1, told BBC Sport: "It has been incredible.
"To do this and be part of this after what everyone achieved tonight makes it more special.
"To sit in the crowd and listen to Andy then Jess be announced, well my thoughts were Mo Farah had won it. For him to not get a look-in is incredible.”
Wiggins added: "It is something to tell my kids because I think Mo will go down in history like Lord [Sebastian] Coe."