Taylor pleased with runners up prize

by Guest 21. December 2010 01:13


Tony McCoy won the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award whilst darts legend Phil Taylor came second.

Taylor was aiming to be the first name in the world of darts to win the prestigious award but McCoy cantered to victory, becoming the first jockey ever to win the accolade.

Darts championship betting pundits note that McCoy's win was comprehensive as he picked up 41.98% of the vote. Taylor garnered 10.33%.

The jockey's success was arguably based on his Grand National triumph in April, which he won for the first time on Don't Push It.

The trophy was justly awarded as people voted for the two sportsmen who have dominated their respective sports for many years.

Even though Taylor finished second, he was delighted with the result. 'The Power' has had a fantastic year, winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the start of the year and backing this success up by also winning the World Matchplay, the Premier League of Darts, the European Championship and the UK Open in 2010.

Speaking about his runners-up spot, Taylor said: "It means the world to me.

"For darts as well, it's fantastic and I can't be any happier than I am now after all the years of dedication I've put in.

"It's a shock that sports people actually know who you are. David Beckham came up and said 'How are you, how are the kids? I heard you had a little grandson this week'." 

Taylor will be hoping to use his success to build his confidence as he aims to secure his 16th World Championship crown at the current tournament which is taking place at Alexandra Palace alongside the darts lads cup.

 Ladbrokes make him the overwhelming 5/6 favourite to achieve this.


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