Could this be Adam Peaty’s year? Probably not, but it seems things are definitely going in the right direction for the British Swimming champion.
For the third year running, Peaty has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and with his Olympic success in Rio there’s every chance the World Champion breaststroker could improve his position in the popular vote.
After finishing last in 2014, in 2015 he climbed to 11th place out of 12 with 13,738 votes. And while you can currently get odds of around 250/1 on Peaty winning the award (Betfair will even offer you 750/1), I think there is every chance that he could finish in the top half of the table in 2016.
— Adam Peaty (@adam_peaty) November 28, 2016
Sixteen contenders have been shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The 16 for 2016 were named after a year of great British sporting success, including at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.
However, I’m slightly surprised that Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds didn’t make the list. Maybe it’s because she won Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.
The 16 nominees will go forward to a vote on the night of the live show in Birmingham on Sunday, 18 December. As well as Adam Peaty, also nominated is triathlete Alastair Brownlee and I would expect him to place very highly.
Here is the full list:
Nicola Adams – Boxing
Gareth Bale – Football
Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon
Sophie Christiansen – Equestrian
Kadeena Cox – Athletics/Cycling
Mo Farah – Athletics
Jason Kenny – Cycling
Laura Kenny – Cycling
Andy Murray – Tennis
Adam Peaty – Swimming
Kate Richardson-Walsh – Hockey
Nick Skelton – Equestrian
Dame Sarah Storey – Cycling
Jamie Vardy – Football
Max Whitlock – Gymnastics
Danny Willett – Golf.
Certainly Peaty’s performance in the pool speaks for itself. Not only did he take Olympic gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke to bring Team GB its first medal of the Rio 2016 games, the 21 year old City of Derby swimmer won by more than a second and a half.
It was the first Olympic gold for a British man in the pool in 28 years.
Peaty also helped Britain to a silver in the 4x100m medley with a blistering split – faster than his world record – as the United States team prevailed, with Michael Phelps claiming a record 23rd gold.
Devised by Paul Fox 1954, BBC Sports Personality originally consisted of just one award. Several new awards have since been introduced, and currently eight awards are presented.
For details of how to vote online go to the BBC website here.