Darren Gough wins dancing contest

Darren Gough finally wins something.

Cricket star Darren Gough danced his way to victory to become the first male winner of BBC1′s Strictly Come Dancing.

The Yorkshire sportsman, who was a novice dancer 10 weeks ago, swept to glory on the dancefloor with partner Lilia Kopylova.

Gough, who plays for Essex and England, saw off rivals, athlete Colin Jackson and DJ Zoe Ball, in the live final of the third series.

Jackson, who entered the final as hot favourite, came a close second while Ball, who was bookies favourite to win for most of the series, finished in third place.

A delighted Gough, 35, said: “I thought I would be saying this 10 weeks ago but it has been an amazing journey for a guy who has never danced.”

It’s never too late to find your destiny in life, I guess.

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