BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015: Coral profile contenders
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | December 1, 2015
A terrific 12 nominees have been put forward for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2015.
Coral profile these dozen men and women who have led the way in their respective disciplines in the past 12 months, summarising their achievements and quoting their odds:
Achievement: Became world road race champion in the United States.
Achievement: Manchester City ladies right back part of England squad that finished third at the Women’s World Cup. Bronze was nominated for the Golden Ball at the tournament.
Achievement: Regained Heptathlon title at World Athletics Championships in Beijing just 13 months after giving birth to her son.
Achievement: Successfully defended the men’s world 5000m and 10000m titles, cementing his status as Britain’s best-ever long-distance runner.
Achievement: Won the Tour de France for the second time in his career, regaining the title after crashing out in 2014.
Achievement: Dethroned Wladimir Klitschko on points to become WBA, IBF and WBO World Heavyweight champion, and is the first British fighter to win a belt in that weight class for six years.
Sport: Formula 1
Achievement: Retained the Drivers’ Championship to become a three-time winner and emulate motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart.
Achievement: Led Team GB to their first Davis Cup triumph since the Fred Perry era some 79 years ago. Although a team event, Murray won all 11 of his rubbers, including eight singles matches.
Odds: 6/5 favourite
Achievement: Did the 50m and 100m breaststroke double at the World Aquatics Championship, and helped Britain win a 4x100m mixed medley Gold medal too.
Achievement: Won the World Athletics Championships men’s long jump Gold to complete a personal Grand Slam of major medals in the sandpit (also European, Commonwealth and Olympic titles).
Achievement: First-ever Briton to win Gold at a World Gymnastics Championships.
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