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BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist confirmed with Hamilton favourite

The shortlist has been confirmed for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Nominees were announced throughout the day, with favourite for the award Lewis Hamilton the first to be announced and Tyson Fury rounding things off on Tuesday night.

The F1 world champion claimed his seventh title earlier this month – equalling the record held by Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton also surpassed the German’s record win tally – which stood for years at 91.

Victory at the Nurburgring in October equalled the number before a win in Portimao just a fortnight later set him aside in the sport’s history books.

His latest win in Bahrain means he has now amassed 95 wins throughout his career while off the track he has been a leading light in the fight for equality.

Lewis Hamilton is the early favourite following his record breaking year

Hamilton has been joined on the SPOTY shortlist by cricket ace Stuart Broad, jockey Hollie Doyle, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and snooker superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan and Fury, who secured a sensational win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas back in February to become world heavyweight champion once again.

They will all hope to take the prize won by Ben Stokes last December when the award is dished out later this month.

Ben Stokes was last year’s recipient

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Nominees

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver is the overwhelming favourite to be named as the winner of the award for the second time.

Hamilton last won it in 2014, the year in which he secured his second world title.

Since then he has been the sport’s king for five of the past six years while breaking numerous records along the way.

In the history books Hamilton tops the stats for pole positions, race wins and world titles.

He is in the midst of negotiations over an extension to his current deal which expires at the end of the current season.

Stuart Broad took his 500th test wicket when he dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite of the West Indies

Stuart Broad

The England bowler claimed his 500th test wicket this summer against the West Indies.

That makes him just the second Englishman to achieve the feat alongside James Anderson.

It means only six bowlers in the history of the sport have taken more test wickets than the Nottinghamshire-born man who is closing in on 150 test matches.

The 34-year-old made his test debut in 2007 and is hoping to continue flying the cricket flag following Stokes’ success in picking up the award last year.

Jordan Henderson holds the Premier League trophy aloft

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper received huge praise for leading the Reds to their first Premier League title earlier this year.

Henderson was the heartbeat of Jurgen Klopp’s side as they stormed to the title.

It came a year after he hoisted the Champions League trophy with the midfielder’s stock still on the rise.

Having divided opinion when he first joined back in 2011 Henderson has made himself a mainstay, both for Liverpool and England.

Hollie Doyle rode over 100 winners

Hollie Doyle

The female jockey made history this year with five wins in a day at Windsor, becoming the first woman to do so.

She finished fourth in the season’s Jockey Championship having rode her 117th winner of the season – breaking her own record in the process.

And her sensational year was capped off in October when she became the first female to ride a winner on the prestigious Champions Day at Ascot

The 24-year-old steered Trueshan to victory in the Long Distance Cup.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been included on the SPOTY shortlist

Ronnie O’Sullivan

The often-controversial snooker genius has been recognised for the first time on the SPOTY shortlist, after this year becoming a six-time world champion.

That victory reinforced his status as snooker’s greatest ever player, having won a record 37 ranking titles and 20 Triple Crown events.

“It’s always nice to get nominated for such an award,” said O’Sullivan. “I’m kind of happy inside and it’s good.”

Snooker legend Steve Davis said: “It is great news for snooker – and fully deserved recognition for Ronnie O’Sullivan.

“And I can’t think of a bigger sporting personality in the UK, or that we have produced in the last 20 years. He has all the credentials to be in this company. 

“Who has got a better CV in their sport – his is the ultimate. The public now get to vote and to me he will finish at least second. 

“He was brilliant at the World Championship in August, there is nothing more he has to do in the game and is a genuine personality.”

Tyson Fury

The WBC heavyweight champion makes the shortlist, five years after controversially being omitted following his win over Wladimir Klitschko.

Promoter Frank Warren hopes Fury wins the award, insisting it would be great for boxing.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him,” Fury’s promoter Warren said.

“To even be nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, firstly you have to be an outstanding athlete – and he is the best in the boxing business.

“And then you have to have a personality and he certainly has that and I am sure he will get a big public vote.

“Winning it would be great for boxing and it would be great for him, especially after they snubbed him five years ago.”

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