As the year draws to a close, the Sports Personality of the Year award will be presented to the sportsman or women who the public believe has had the best sporting year. Below is a list of the candidates and their achievements which have deservedly placed them on the short list.
Justin Rose – Golfer
Justin Rose finished two strokes clear of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day to win his first major trophy at the US Open at Merion Golf Club. With Justin’s victory, he became the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years and was the first Major champion since Nick Faldo won the Masters in 1996.
Mo Farah – Athlete
Mo Farah became only the second man in history to complete the Olympics and World Championships double-double. Farah followed up winning gold in 2012 by winning the 5,000 and 10,000metres in the World Athletics Championships.
Sir Ben Ainslie – Sailor
The most decorated sailor in history was drafted into the Americas Cup to try and help Oracle Team USA recover an 8-1 deficit at the hands of Team New Zealand. Ainslie was appointed tactician and he helped mastermind one of the greatest sporting comebacks as Team Oracle USA stormed back to claim an unlikely 9-8 victory.
AP McCoy – Jockey
AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when he won on Mountain Tunes at Towcaster in November. A previous Sports Personality of the Year winner back in 2010, McCoy is a legend in his sport.
Christine Ohuruogu – Athlete
Christine Ohuruogu stormed to 400metres gold in the World Athletics Championships to win the title for the second time in her career. A photo finish gave Ohuruogu the victory and made her the first British female athlete to win two world titles.
Ian Bell – Cricketer
Without Ian Bell’s runs in the summer, England would not have retained the Ashes. His centuries came in big moments when England were struggling and he was duly named player of the series. The middle-order batsman made a total of 562 runs at an average of 62, helping England defeat the old enemy 3-0. Bell also became only the fifth player in England history to score three consecutive hundreds in Ashes tests.
Hannah Cockroft – Athlete
Hannah Cockroft, also knows as ‘the hurricane’, won a sprint double at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon. Cockroft won the T34 100m and 200m titles and set a new T34 100metre record of 17.88 seconds.
Leigh Halfpenny – Rugby Union
The Welsh full-back starred for the British and Irish Lions as they triumphed down under. He was named man-of-the-series and his 21 points in the decisive third test was an individual record. Halfpenny also picked up the player of the tournament award in the Six Nations as his 74 points helped Wales retain the trophy.
Chris Froome – Cyclist
Chris Froome followed Bradley Wiggans lead by making it back to back Tour de France titles for Englishman. Froome won the 100th edition of the 3,404km race, winning by over four minutes and held the yellow jersey from stage eight.
Andy Murray – Tennis
The red hot favourite for the title ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a British winner at Wimbledon. Murray overcame Novak Djokovic in the final to become the first British winner since Fred Perry in 1936. He also reached the final of the Australian Open, but this time he was defeated by Djokovic.