SPOTY shortlist revealed: Who will follow in Murray's footsteps?
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SPOTY shortlist revealed: Who will follow in Murray's footsteps?

27 November 2017 / 20:40

With the year starting to draw to a close, it’s nearly time to crown the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Twelve months ago it was Sir Andy Murray and his successor will be announced in Liverpool on December 17.

Monday evening saw the 12-strong shortlist announced with over half of that number impressively being made up by athletes who have represented Team GB on the Olympic stage.

Let’s take a look at the super seven who will also be up against Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1), Harry Kane (Football), Jonnie Peacock (Para-athletics), Jonathan Rea (Motor cycling) and Anya Shrubsole (Cricket). 

Elise Christie (Short Track Speed Skating)

EliseChristieShort track speed skater Elise Christie could not have asked for a better build up to next year’s Olympic Winter Games than 2017.

The Scot walked away with three titles at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam, winning gold in the 1000m and 1500m as well as taking the overall crown – the first British and European woman to do so in the latter.

Most recently, Christie was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year while back on the ice, she took 500m gold at the World Cup in Seoul.

Mo Farah (Athletics)

MoFarahLondon2017Mo Farah, or Sir Mo Farah as he is now known after receiving his knighthood from the Queen this month, signed off his track career in style this summer.

Despite almost falling twice in the race, Farah stormed to his third consecutive world 10,000m title in front of his home fans in London.

A fifth major championships distance double in a row just eluded him with silver in the 5000m.

But he was back to winning ways, victorious in his final track race at the Diamond League event in Zurich, with the focus now set to be on the road in the coming years.

Chris Froome (Cycling)

ChrisFroomeTdFChris Froome made riding a bike look easy in 2017, claiming a fourth Tour de France title and becoming the first Brit to win the Vuelta a Espana.

Now firmly established as one of the most accomplished Tour riders in the world, Froome is just the third person to win the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year.

As if that wasn’t enough, he still had enough energy in his legs to switch his attention to the World Road Championships, winning bronze medals in the individual and team time trials.

Johanna Konta (Tennis)

JoKontaWimbledonJohanna Konta was the last Brit standing at this year’s Wimbledon as she became the first British woman to reach the singles semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.

That continued a rapid rise up the rankings for the British tennis player, who was 150th  in the world at the start of 2015 but rose to a career-high of four after her Wimbledon exploits.

Earlier in the year she had shown glimpses of her potential when she won the Miami Open title and also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Adam Peaty (Swimming)

AdamPeatyBudapestAfter making history at Rio 2016 when he became Britain’s first male Olympic swimming champion in 24 years, Adam Peaty was back dominating the world in 2017.

He retained both his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles at the World Championships in Budapest, including breaking his own world record twice in one day in the former.

Indeed, his semi-final time of 25.95 seconds saw him become the first man to break the 26-second barrier for 50m breaststroke.

And he was not done there, helping the men’s 4x100m medley relay team to silver before the meet was out.

Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo)

BiancaWalkdenBianca Walkden got herself on a roll in 2017, picking up gold after gold.

A bronze medallist at Rio 2016 12 months previous, Bianca became the first British taekwondo fighter to win back-to-back world titles when she successfully defended her crown in South Korea.

Not content there, Walkden dominated the Grand Prix stage with victories in Moscow, Rabat and also in front of her home fans in London.

And not forgetting…

Anthony Joshua (Boxing)

Anthony Joshua
London 2012 super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua continues to fly the flag for Great Britain in the ring, with the standout moment this year being his 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko back in April.

That epic bout was watched by a post-war record crown of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

And the 28-year-old took his professional record to 20 consecutive wins last month as he successfully defended his WBA, IBO and IBF world heavyweight titles with a battling win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff.

Sportsbeat 2017 

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