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Anthony Joshua fails to make top three BBC Sports Personality of 2017

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Since Anthony Joshua vanquished the Ukranian two- time world heavyweight champion , Wladimir Klitschko, he became the runaway favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year .

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                      Anthony Joshua

However , in a bizarre turn of events that shocked even the winner Mo Farah , Joshua was shut out of the top three nominees .

Farah had long since given up on the SPOTY shindig . After the indignity of coming only fourth in 2012 , after he produced the defining moments of the London Olympics , he had shown little enthusiasm for making the 2½ – hour train journey to Liverpool .

Clearly shocked by his defeat , Anthony Joshua did not take long to disappear into the night. But he did spare some words for his riveting duel with Klitschko, which catapulted him into heavyweight aristocracy .

“It was tough , a lot tougher than I expected . The stage was set and we came together , we gelled well ,” Joshua said .

SPOTY 2017 : How they voted
1 . Sir Mo Farah 83 ,524
2 . Jonathan Rea 80 ,567
3 . Jonnie Peacock 73 ,429
4 . Anthony Joshua 73 ,411
5 . Adam Peaty 63 ,739
6 . Lewis Hamilton 60 ,627
7 . Chris Froome 47 , 683
8 . Harry Kane 18 ,759
9 . Anya Shrubsole 15 ,237
10 . Bianca Walkden 13 , 962
11 . Johanna Konta 7, 591
12 . Elise Christie 6,504

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