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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Twitter reacts

Sports Mole takes a look at how the sporting world reacted on Twitter to Lewis Hamilton winning the Sports Personality of the Year award.

Last night, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

It was a decision that caused a degree of disbelief on Twitter, with many people being extremely vocal in their support of world number one golfer Rory McIlroy, who won two majors and helped Europe to retain the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how the sporting world has reacted to the result of the public vote on the social networking site.

"Not only do you have to win every major next year @McIlroyRory ... You might have to do it in a rather fast golf buggy... #SPOTY."
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan

"Obsolutely ridiculous that @McIlroyRory has not won Sports Personality 2014. Huge respect to @LewisHamilton but come on."
English golfer Ian Poulter

"Thought @McIlroyRory should have won that!!!"
Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson








"Congratulations @LewisHamilton @McIlroyRory and @jopavey ! Looked a fantastic night and all deserved winners #SPOTY2014."
Real Madrid and Wales winger Gareth Bale

"Thanks to all who voted for me! Congrats to all the candidates and especially @LewisHamilton, thoroughly deserved and a worthy winner!"
Rory McIlroy

"Thank heavens that's over with, congratulations @LewisHamilton on a spectacular year."
Former England centre-forward Gary Lineker

"Nice one. @LewisHamilton Sports Personality of the Year. Well deserved. He's been such a great champion for F1, here there and everywhere."
Former F1 driver Martin Brundle


"Some amazingly inspirational stories at SPOTY & a great celebration of British sport but not sure the correct winner is always crowned."
Golfer Luke Donald

"Technology of the year goes to the silver and red dodgem!!! Just have to win all 4 next year @McIlroyRory,"
Golfer Lee Westwood

"Congratulations to @LewisHamilton for winning."
Scottish tennis player Jamie Murray

"Rory obviously needs faster clubs"
TV presenters Ant and Dec, retweeted by former English golfer Sir Nick Faldo

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