SIR MO FARAH won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the first time.
He did not attend the show, and was shown in a live video feed – which cut out before he could make his winning speech – from London.
The distance runner – who retired from the track this year – had a previous best of third place in 2011.
Sir Mo Farah is shown to the crowd – while the video worked
Who finished in the top three for SPOTY 2017?
Mo Farah secured top place in the public vote, with Superbike ace Jonathan Rea second and Paralympian Jonnie Peacock third.
Full BBC SPOTY voting figures
Mo Farah 83,524 Jonathan Rea 80,567 Jonnie Peacock 73,429 Anthony Joshua 73,411 Adam Peaty 63,739 Lewis Hamilton 60,627 Chris Froome 47,683 Harry Kane 18,759 Anya Shrubsole 15,237 Bianca Walkden 13,962 Johanna Konta 7,591 Elise Christie 6,504
Why was Mo Farah not at BBC SPOTY tonight?
Sir Mo was not in Liverpool for a very specific reason.
He was looking after his children – twins Aisha and Amani – born shortly after his twin triumph at London 2012, Hussein – born in 2015, plus step-daughter Rihanna.
Mo with wife Tania, step-daughter Rihanna and twins Aisha and Amani
Farah said before the event: “My family and I are in the middle of moving back to the UK right now and I’m looking after all four of the kids this weekend while my wife Tania is back in the US packing up the last of our stuff.
MRS MO Who is Mo Farah’s wife Tania, and how many children do the couple have?
“Our girls have just started their new school in London, so we’re staying close to home to help them all settle into their new life.
“I [and possibly the kids] will be on a live link-up from London, so we’ll definitely still be a part of the show.”