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BBC Sports Personality of the year 2015 shortlist announced

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The BBC have announced the longest shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award ever with Tyson Fury and Andy Murray drafted in at the final moment after their respective stunning achievements.

12 names have made the list, but despite the efforts of Tottenham star Harry Kane and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, no male footballer has been nominated. However, England women's star Lucy Bronze has made it after her heroics at the women's World Cup earlier this year.

Here we take you through the nominees, explain why they deserve to be there, and check their chances of winning with the bookmakers.


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Andy Murray

The 2013 winner has made the list again and became the instant favourite after leading Great Britain to their first Davis Cup victory for 79 years. He played 12 games in the 2015 tournament, winning every single one of them to be the undoubted major influence behind the triumph. His form on the single's tour was nothing to be sniffed at either. He reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-final at both the French Open and Wimbledon.

Odds of winning: 5/4 (Favourite)


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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Ennis-Hill returned to her beloved heptathlon after taking an extended break for the birth of her son Reggie. Dubbed the "mother of all comebacks", the face of the London Games stormed to gold at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the second time in her career.

Odds of winning: 6/4

15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day Three

Tyson Fury

Everyone enjoys an inspirational boxing upset, even more so when that man is as British as they come. Fury became our first heavyweight champion in six years after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in a unanimous points decision on Saturday night. It was one to remember and has seen Fury's odds slashed from 40/1 to just 7/1.

Odds of winning: 7/1


Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver brought home his third Formula 1 championship and his second in succession this season, comfortably beating his only real competitor Nico Rosberg with several races to spare. He became just the second Brit to achieve the feat after Sir Jackie Stewart and also passed Ayrton Senna's record of 41 race wins.

Odds of winning: 12/1

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

Kevin Sinfield

Those down south may not be as familiar with Kevin Sinfield, but travel anywhere north of Birmingham and his name becomes legend. The rugby league star finished his career on a high this season, leading Leeds Rhinos to a treble-securing Super League Grand Final win against Wigan.

Odds of winning: 25/1

Yorkshire Carnegie Media Session

Chris Froome

It may seem like a lifetime ago now, but Chris Froome became the first Brit to win the Tour de France twice after outpacing Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador this summer. His effort to win was made even harder by frequent attacks from a disgruntled crowd, who accused Team Sky of systematic doping. But he and his team came through it with great dignity.

Odds of winning: 33/1


Mo Farah

It may be three years since that magical Saturday night in Stratford, but Mo Farah continues to dominate middle distance running even though interest in athletics has waivered from their dizzy heights in 2012. He became the first man to pull off the so-called 'triple double' after winning his third successive 5,000m and 10,0000m double in the Beijing World Championships.

Odds of winning: 66/1


Greg Rutherford

Arguably more impressive than both Farah and Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford carved his name into long jump history after adding a World Championship gold to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth titles. Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards are the other four Brits to have held all four titles at the same time.

Odds of winning: 100/1


Adam Peaty

British swimming has waited 28 years for a male gold medal winner at an Olympic Games, but Adam Peaty is now favourite to break that duck in Rio after he dominated several events at the World Swimming Championships. He became the first man to complete a 50m and 100m double in the breaststroke before helping Britain to another gold in the mixed 4x100m medley relay.

Odds of winning: 100/1


Lizzie Armitstead

Cycling's second member of the shortlist has had a superb year, becoming the world road race champions after a fantastic victory in America. She then claimed the British title only 11 days after being hospitalised by a crash on the women's tour.

Odds of winning: 100/1

UCI Road World Championships - Day Eight

Lucy Bronze

The third and final lady to make the shortlist is the inspiration behind England Women's dramatic World Cup run, Lucy Bronze. The defender scored the winning goal in both the second-round and the quarter-final, helping the team equal the England men's team's best performance at a major tournament since 1966.

Odds of winning: 100/1

France v England: Group F - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

Max Whitlock

Edging out fellow team-mate Louis Smith by an astonishing 0.01 points, Mac Whitlock made history by becoming the first Brit to win gold at the World Gymnastics Championships. His weapon of choice was the pummel horse.

Odds of winning: 200/1

2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Day Ten

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