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Brit Olympic athletes dominate shortlist for BBC 'Sports Personality of Year' award

London, Tue, 27 Nov 2012 ANI

London, Nov 27(ANI): English Olympic and Paralympic athletes have dominated the shortlist for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, and athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah are candidates in a 12-strong list.

Rower Katherine Grainger, golfer Rory McIlroy, boxer Nicola Adams and sailor Ben Ainslie are other hopefuls.

Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir also make the list for the award on 16 December, the BBC reports.

Three former Sports Personality nominees were on an expert panel, which decided the shortlist, and the winner will be decided by a public vote on the night.

The panel was put together following criticism of an all-male list decided via a different method in 2011.

Baroness Campbell, chair of UK Sport, and representatives from the BBC and the newspaper industry, joined the 2000 winner Sir Steve Redgrave, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Denise Lewis.

Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC Radio 5.

A capacity crowd of 15,000 at the ExCel in London will make it the biggest show in the event's 59-year history.

It will be a star-studded climax to 12 months of sport which saw London host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (ANI)

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