London 2012 stars dominate Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
Britain's London 2012 heroes dominate the 12-strong shortlist for this year's Sports Personality of the Year award.
Last Updated: 27/11/12 11:28am
World No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy is the only nominee not to have won a medal at London 2012, while there are five women included on the shortlist in contrast to last year's all-male nominees.
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Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is Sky Bet's odds-on favourite after his historic triumph in the Tour de France and gold in the Olympics time trial, ahead of Mo Farah (4/1), gold medallist in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m.
Andy Murray, who became the first British man to win a grand slam singles title for 76 years and also won an Olympic gold, is currently third favourite just ahead of Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.
David Weir, the wheelchair athlete who won four golds in London, is ranked by the bookies as the leading Paralympian. Fellow Paralympic stars Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds also make the list.
Female boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams, cycling legend Sir Chirs Hoy, sailing great Ben Ainslie and rowing gold medallist Katherine Grainger complete the shortlist.
The strength of the competition meant even the only two British women who won double gold medals at the Olympics - cyclist Laura Trott and dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin - did not make the shortlist.
The expert shortlisting panel included national newspaper sports editors and three former award nominees - Sir Steve Redgrave, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Denise Lewis.
The panel also selected the winners of the coach of the year, team of the year and overseas personality. The main award will be chosen by public vote with the winner announced on December 16.
"We had already extended the shortlist for the main award this year from 10 to 12, but at times we all wished it was nearer 15 or 20," said Barbara Slater, who chaired the panel.
"It was very difficult to leave off Olympians and Paralympians of the calibre of Charlotte Dujardin, Alistair Brownlee, Jade Jones, Sophie Christiansen, Laura Trott, Jonnie Peacock, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton, to name just a few."