Olympic24: Farah & Ennis-Hill among stellar Sports Personality nominations
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Olympic24: Farah & Ennis-Hill among stellar Sports Personality nominations

01 December 2015 / 08:09

Eight Rio medal hopefuls in with chance of claiming Sports Personality of Year award while Katy Marchant is relishing the competition on the track in the run up to the Olympics. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah among 12 names nominated for Sports Personality of the Year
  • Katy Marchant driven by competition on the track
  • Seren Bundy-Davies looks for chance to run individually in Rio
  • Chantelle Handy wants Britain's senior women to execute better in EuroBasket qualifiers
  • Richard Kruse delighted after taking silver in Turin

Sports Personality of the Year nominations revealed

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Eight Britains who could be winning medals in Rio have been named among the 12 contenders for this year's Sports Personality of the year award.

Jessica Ennis-Hill makes the cut after her gold-medal winning exploits at the World Championships in Beijing while Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford are also nominated.

Cyclist Chris Froome is also in with a shout of winning after he added a second Tour de France title to his collection earlier in the year as is Lizzie Armitstead after she became the world road race champion with victory in America.

Davis Cup hero Andy Murray is selected while Adam Peaty is also among the group after an incredible year that saw him claim 50m and 100m breaststroke gold at the World Championships in Russia.

And Max Whitlock rounds off the group having had an historic World Championships in Glasgow where he took pommel horse gold, floor silver and team all-around silver.

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, footballer Lucy Bronze, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and Rugby League star Kevin Sinfield complete the list.

Marchant happy to have domestic competition on the track

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Katy Marchant is confident that domestic competition will bring the best out of Britain's sprinters in the build up to Rio 2016.

With Becky James returning from a prolonged absence on the sidelines and Jess Varnish also posing stern competition, Marchant’s spot at the Olympics is not guaranteed.

While London 2012 was a whirlwind of success for the country, this year's World Championships in Paris were far-from ideal.

But, with round two of the Track Cycling World Cup in New Zealand next week, preparations a ramping up and Marchant knows competition will only serve to enhance Britain’s medal chances.

"With Jess, Becky and myself all riding in that same category it means we are always pushing each other and we are all fighting for those spots," Marchant told Sky Sports.

"It's great to ride alongside these girls and I've no doubt it is helping me to get better. Rio is the ultimate dream for me and I'm doing everything at this moment in time to make sure I'm on that plane.”

Bundy-Davies wants to shine in the individual 400m in Rio

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She might have a World Championship relay medal to her name but Seren Bundy-Davies is clear that next summer’s goal is to run individually at Rio 2016.

This year has proved to be a whirlwind campaign for the 20-year-old after she claimed 400m European indoor bronze in Prague followed by relay silver.

That indoor form meant she was part of the British team that raced in the relay final in Beijing and, along with Christine Ohuruogu, Anyika Onuora and Eilidh Child, took bronze behind the USA and Jamaica.

But, with the new season fast approaching, she is looking at the summer Olympics as the perfect chance to truly announce herself in the international arena.

“I would have liked to have raced individually in Beijing,” she told Athletics Weekly. “It was a really hard one because I was grateful just to be there.

“If they had given me the chance to, I definitely would have run individually.

“I think it was the right thing for me in the end because there would have been a lot of rounds to run and I might not have run well in the relay heats then.

“So it was kind of bittersweet but it was great to win a medal. Hopefully next year in Rio I’ll be doing the individual.”

Handy keen to see Britain execute after opening EuroBasket qualifier defeats

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Chantelle Handy believes Great Britain need to start making the most of their chances after the senior women’s side lost their opening two EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers.

The Brits went down in their opening clash with Group D favourites Montenegro before losing out to Italy in Manchester last week.

Handy was one of the brightest sparks for the Brits in the North West as she sunk 16 points in the 60-48 defeat.

"We have to focus on the fact that we did get a lot of open shots - but we just couldn't knock them down and that is what hurt us," she said.

"It's going to come in time and we have to keep believing that in future games we can keep taking those shots and we will execute.”

Kruse happy with Grand Prix silver in Turin

Richard Kruse knows the men’s foil is a tough field to compete in but was delighted to come through the Turin Grand Prix with a silver medal.

The 32-year-old squared off against China’s Jianfei Ma in the final but, despite a close start, eventually lost out 15-11.

However, despite not being able to claim the competition’s top prize, he was satisfied with his performance and happy to leave with a silver medal around his neck.

“The standard of men’s foil is very high at the moment,” he said. “I had lots of close fights and I was close to winning but I’m pleased with my performances to get second place.”

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