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Christine Ohuruogu leads nominees for Sportswomen of the Year award

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Ohuruogu in relay action during the World Championships (©GettyImages)
Ohuruogu in relay action during the World Championships (©GettyImages).

Olympic gold and silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year award after her 400m win at Moscow 2013 saw her become the first British female to win two World Championship titles. 

Her narrow win in Russia came after her 2007 win in Japan, adding to her Olympic medals in 2008 and London 2012.

Shelley Rudman, the current world skeleton bobsleigh champion who won Britain's only medal at the Turin Winter Games in 2006, has also been shortlisted after she also triumphed at this year's World Championships. 

She has received backing from London 2012 hero Jessica Ennis-Hill, who expressed her admiration for Rudman who balances her gruelling training schedule with being a mum.

Ennis-Hill told GiveMeSport: "I want to highlight how much Rudman has done for Skeleton throughout her career, given it is such a tough sport, as well as balancing being a mum to her daughter Ella."

Others to be shortlisted for the accolade are Charlotte Dujardin OBE, the British dressage rider who won two gold's in London before becoming European Champion this year, as well as cricketer Heather Knight and cyclist Becky James. Triathlete Non Stanford completes the contenders for this year's award.

Charley Hull heads the contenders for the Young Sportswoman of the Year, which shortlists women 21 years or younger, after the 17-year-old golfer finished runner-up five times in her first season on tour, as well as helping Europe's ladies secure the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time. 

Dina Asher-Smith joins Hull on the shortlist after she became the 200m European Junior Champion, before helping Great Britain's relay team secure bronze at Moscow 2013. 

Becky James, 21, has also been shortlisted after she became a dual-world champion at the Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk in February. Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson completes the four-woman shortlist after she won gold at the 2013 European U23 Championships in Tampere. 

Paralympic 100m world record holder Hannah Cockroft, T38 sprinter Sophie Hahn, SM9 200m individual medley world champion Amy Marren and multiple-world record holder Eleanor Simmonds have all been shortlisted for the Disability Sports Person of the Year after they all enjoyed successful years.

The event is to be broadcast live on Sky for the first time on December 5. To cast your vote click here

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