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.

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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.

6 comments

  • Remind me how this is local news...because I'm a tad confused...

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    merrydancer

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Nothing. I repeat, nothing can compete with winning the Tour de France. With Brad's other achievements on top there is no doubt in my mind. Plus he has a personality. Not a trait shared by all the contenders above!

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • I have a comment to make about a statement about Mo Farah`s achievement of the 10,000m and 5,000m success as being unique. Have Dame Kelly Holmes`s 1500m and 800m Olympic gold medal efforts been forgotten?

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    Yorky

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • I have a comment to make about a statement about Mo Farah`s achievement of the 10,000m and 5,000m success as being unique. Have Dame Kelly Holmes`s 1500m and 800m Olympic gold medal efforts been forgotten?

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    Yorky

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Difficult choice but have to agree with Tom. All of what he said plus Bradley was the one who really kicked off this great summer of sport we've had.

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    Johhny Reggae

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Difficult choice but have to agree with Tom. All of what he said plus Bradley was the one who really kicked off this great summer of sport we've had.

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    Johhny Reggae

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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