Watch Andy Murray Endure The Cringe Of 2016 At The SPOTY Award

This looks more painful than losing a Grand Slam Final

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Andy Murray took his third Sports Personality of the Year award last night – perhaps the weirdest and most oxymoronic bauble in the world, but one he deserved none the less for battling to the world number one sport in a landmark year in his career.

So why oh why did the BBC decide to punish the Scot moments after crowning him by forcing him to endure the most painful 70 seconds of his life?

In a woefully ham-fisted production move, the Beeb ended the live show by leaving the camera trained on Murray via a satellite link to Miami as he stood alone holding his trophy as the credit rolled.

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The result was a ten-foot Scotsman being beamed to the studio audience and millions more at home as he grimaced away for more than a minute, every fibre of his being aching to put the stupid thing down and walk off for a well-earned sit down.

An endurance of this type would have challenged the likes of your Linekers or your Akabusis – British sportsmen for whom 'genial happiness' is the default setting. For a man whose spiritual resting place is a sullen scowl, the agony was palpable.

Watch it – if you can – and try and spot the exact moment Murray begins to contemplate throwing the stupid trophy through the camera with a 'ah fuck off ya daft c**t' and storming off, years of media training draining away.

The fact he made it to the end shows that Murray 2016 is made of sterner stuff. More Grand Slams surely await.