Mo Farah winning the Men's 5000m Final at London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Stadium, London. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist announced – Who will you vote for?

Monday, November 26, 2012
7.15 PM

Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which has been announced this evening.

Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which has been announced this evening.

Tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, athletes Mo Farah and David Weir, sailor Ben Ainslie plus golfer Rory McIlroy are in the mix for the coveted top award.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Sarah Storey, boxer Nicola Adams, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and rower Katherine Grainger are also in the running.

Who will you be voting for as Sports Personality of the Year? Or has your favourite been left out? Leave your comments below.

Not a single woman made it on to last year’s final shortlist despite a strong year of competition. The controversy triggered a review of the process for this year’s event, which has also produced a shortlist that includes two more sports personalities than usual. An expert panel has also been introduced, which will judge the prizes for Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and the Overseas Personality Award.

There was no place on the list for cyclist Jason Kenny who won two golds at London 2012 to add to the gold and silver medal he had already clinched at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, or for fellow cyclist Laura Trott, who also won two golds at London 2012.

The impressive performance of triathlete Alistair Brownlee in clinching gold at the Olympics was not enough to get him on the list.

There is also no place for star names including Paralympic T44 100m champion Jonnie Peacock and para-equestrian rider Sophie Christiansen whose golden hat trick at London 2012 means she now has five golds, a silver and bronze medal from three Paralympics.

Leaving these deserving athletes off the list was “very difficult,” according to Barbara Slater, the BBC’s sport director.

She wrote in her blog: “The panel also reflected long and hard on the heroics of stars from other sports such as (Europe’s Ryder Cup golf hero) Ian Poulter during the ‘miracle of Medinah’, the continued brilliance of Carl Froch and the ‘magnificent seven’ from Champion Jockey Richard Hughes - in any other year these sportspeople would probably be front-runners to win the overall award.

“If we ever needed reminding just how special a sporting year it has been, then the list of those sportspeople who did not make the final 12 is testament to that.”

After a golden summer of home-grown sport including the London 2012 Games, the event promises to be the biggest in the programme’s 59-year history. It is being held at London’s ExCeL centre on December 16.

Who will you be voting for as Sports Personality of the Year? Or has your favourite been left out? Leave your comments below.