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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Britain’s golden year of sport continued last night as Andy Murray won the US Open. And while the nation is celebrating his epic victory, speculation is already mounting about who will win this year’s coveted Sports Personality of the Year.
In a normal year, the 25-year-old Scot would be a shoo-in for the BBC gong after ending Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion. He also reached the Wimbledon final and won Olympic gold this summer.
Similarly, Bradley Wiggins would be a firm favourite after becoming the first ever Brit to win the Tour de France and winning gold just a matter of weeks later at the Olympic Games.
But achievements by their fellow Olympians and those who competed at the Paralympic Games have complicated things.
Team GB brought home 65 medals from the Olympic Games - 29 of which were gold - and 120 medals from the Paralympic Games, including 34 golds.
Each medallist is a worthy winner of SPOTY in their own right.
Mo Farah accomplished the greatest Olympic double by a British athlete at the same Games by winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m, golden girl Jessica Ennis was in a class of her own when she won the heptathlon and Sir Chris Hoy became the greatest British Olympian ever when he surpassed Sir Steve Redgrave’s tally.
But what about Ellie Simmonds, David Weir, Sarah Storey, Greg Rutherford, Jonnie Peacock, Jade Jones, Nicola Adams or Laura Trott?
And what about away from the Olympics and Paralympics? Who could forget Rory McIlroy’s triumph in the 2012 PGA Championship?
Who would get your vote for Sports Personality of the Year?
Don’t miss tomorrow’s paper to see who would get our vote.