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Live: BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2012

2225: On to the main award...

2217: SEB COE WINS THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD! He masterminded London securing the Olympic Games, and its mind-blowing delivery. Oh, and he did a bit of running in his time too - double 1500m gold winner in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984. David Beckham's even turned up to give the speech! What an ovation, equalled by that for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who brings out the award.

2212: Emeli Sande's back, this time at the piano, to accompany the ever-touching tribute to those sports folk who passed away this year including Sid Waddell, Gary Ablett, Don Wilson, Angelo Dundee, David Tait, Brian Woolnough, Mervyn Davies, John Bond and Tom Maynard.

2207: USAIN BOLT IS THE OVERSEAS SPOTY! The panel has sent the award to him and he says thanks in a very humble VT. And with that, the phones lines for the main event are CLOSED!

2159: DAVE BRAILSFORD WINS COACH OF THE YEAR! The brains behind a staggering year for British cycling accepts the award from Andrew Strauss and Martina Navralitova.

2153: THE TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO TEAM GB AND THE GB PARALYMPICS TEAM! That's a turn up for the books, I thought Chelsea were going to win it. Just kidding - it was an absolute shoo-in, and a small thank you for an experience the nation will never forget. The lines for the biggie close in around 10 minutes...

2150: SUE AND JIM HOUGHTON WIN THE UNSUNG HERO AWARD!
The husband and wife team have spent 25 years helping transform a derelict Leicestershire sports ground into a community facility. "This trophy is for the many dozens of coaches and volunteers who make it work," says Jim.

2143: Danny Baker (?@prodnose) just tickled me on Twitter: "See, Olympics is inclusive, uniting. Now they're playing Chelsea's 'journey' it's making everyone throw their shoes at the telly." We then relive Fabrice Muamba's traumatic 2012. The concept of being technically dead for 78 minutes gets no less staggering each time you hear it.

2133: David Weir rounds off the candidates for SPOTY 2012, as the Beeb goes a bit panto and ushers him on stage to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. That's after explaining that he's called the 'Weirwolf'. If you have to explain the set-up to your audience, it's a bad idea, and it detracts a little from his clean sweep of four golds at his home Paralympics in the T54 800m, 1500m, 5,000m and marathon. Anyway, with that, the phone lines are now open!

2129: Another major player on that staggering night in the Olympic Stadium and short-odds SPOTY candidate is on stage - Mo Farah. He scooped gold on successive Saturday nights becoming the first Brit to win the 5,000m and 10,000m at the same Olympics. Credit to him, he doesn't fall for Lineker's lame attempts to persuade him into doing the Mobot. Good on him - even Peter Crouch knew when it was time to pack the Robot away. Mobot 'inventor' Balding jumps at the chance to mug to the camera though, doing a little demo.

2118: "The greatest female all-round athlete on the planet" enthuses Sue Barker, meaning only one thing - it's time for the ExCel audeince to get on their feet to welcome Jessica Ennis. The VT which rounds up that magical night in the Olympic Stadium when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah triumphed in what was Great British athletics' finest hour, is ace. She'll bag me sixty quid if she wins tonight - GO ON JESS!

2109: Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch pay tribute to the next nominee Nicola Adams, the Leeds flyweight who fought her way into the history books when she became the first woman to win Olympic boxing gold. Other London 2012 combat sports stars Jade Jones, Katie Taylor, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua also take to the stage to lap up the richly-deserved applause.

2057: The next candidate is Rory McIlroy, who's also unable to be with us as he also can't be bothered. Sorry... he's also busy preparing for next season. Ian Poulter and Justin Rose have turned up for the free vol-au-vents and fizz though, to reflect on the Miracle of Medinah.

2044: Two cyclists for the price of one now, with Sir Chris Hoy beamed in from Australia and Sarah Storey taking the ExCel stage. Two titles in London gave Hoy a British record six Olympic golds, while Storey's Paralympic career peaked in London with four more golds for a British record-equalling total of 11. That Olympic cycling montage has seen me crack for the the first time tonight, though I do cry at the drop of a hat. You should have seen me when ET was on this afternoon.

2032: THE HELEN ROLLASON AWARD GOES TO MARTINE WRIGHT!
She lost her legs in the Aldgate Tube explosion in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, and battled back to win Paralympic gold in Sitting Volleyball in London 2012. Any cynical types - and they're out in force on Twitter tonight - take note.

2024: Katherine Grainger is up next, and gets a(nother) standing ovation in recognition of finally gaining an Olympic rowing gold medal in the double sculls - with Anna Watkins - after three silvers at successive Games.

2019: Lovely VT telling the story of Andy Murray's Grand Slam duck-breaking US Open win over Novak Djokovic, which ended Britain's 76-year wait for a major champ - the Beeb are streets ahead of anyone at producing this stuff. Anyway, he can't be here tonight as he can't be bothered. Sorry... because he's training in Miami. Loses some points for that.

2012: Man City duo Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany take to the stage with the Premier League trophy as the 15,000 crowd does a well-rehearsed Poznan to the tune of Blue Moon. Wonder if there's any United players jumping up and down in the audience. Or do they only invite you if you've won something?

2005: YOUNG SPOTY IS JOSEF CRAIG! Ian Thorpe and Tom Daley dish out the award, which sees the Paralympic 400m freestyle S7 gold medalist pip fellow swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate and gymnast Rebecca Tunney.

2001: Standing ovation for the third contender Ellie Simmonds, who scooped two Paralympic swimming golds to add to the two titles she secured as a 14-year-old four years earlier. She looks a bit taken aback by the reception!

1957: Ben Ainslie's next on stage carrying a red distress flare, after a year which saw him clinch his fourth straight gold medal to become the most decorated Olympic sailor in history. I'm not used to seeing him clean shaven and in a suit! He reiterates that he's not going to Rio in 2016. Plenty of time to change your mind yet, Ben - as the camera pans to Steve Redgrave who knows a thing or two about that.

1949: The first of a plethora of video montages introduces us to a carpet-cheeked slice of cycling genius called Bradley Wiggins. After reliving his historic Tour de France win and Olympic gold, he takes to the stage and jokingly picks up the trophy. From his interview with "Susan" Barker, it's safe to say our Bradley may have had a little drinky poos tonight, but after the year he's had, why not let your Welleresque hair down if the Beeb's getting the round in?

1940: Mark Cavendish gets a standing ovation from the 15,000 at the ExCel as last year's winner returns the SPOTY trophy, flanked by servicemen and Olympics gamesmakers as he takes the stage. Hope he gave the booty a bit of a dust before he left the house.

1932: Silk-throated songbird Emeli Sande croons a rendition of 'Read All About It', echoing her ditty at the London 2012 closing ceremony. The Beeb then wheel out the big guns at the ExCel - Barker, Balding and Lineker. Plump up yer cushion, we're go!

Lee, Wolves: "on wiggins at 14/1 just hoping the armstrong saga does'nt scupper his chances..1)wiggins 2)farah 3)murray..."

1920: Evening all, and welcome to Orange's live commentary on BBC Sports Personality Of The Year. You don't need me to bang on now about what a year it has been - we were all there, and there'll be plenty of misty-eyed recollection over the next three hours. We're here to keep you company through til 10pm, and share all your views on who you think will win and why - click my name above to get your Top 3s in! I bunged a fiver on Jess Ennis at 12-1 as soon as the shortlist came out, purely on the basis of my 78-year-old mother's thoughts. She'd never heard of Bradley Wiggins, can't stand Andy Murray but loved "that nice girl who did the jumping.". It's all about the housewives' choice... isn't it?