Sports Personality of the Year 2021: Official nominees announced
The shortlist of contenders for the Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award have been announced this morning, with Tyson Fury and Raheem Sterling amongst the six nominees.
On Sunday 19th December; Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will come together to host the 68th annual SPOTY show that celebrates an amazing year of sports achievements.
The nominees include:
Tom Daley – Diver – 27 years old
In the Tokyo Olympic games this summer, Tom Daley finally become a world diving champion as he performed the 10m synchronised platform event alongside Matty Lee.
Tom become the first ever British diver to win four Olympic medals when he also picked up a bronze medal in the men’s 10m platform event.
The victories came after 13 years of Olympic diving, becoming a well known name to all of the UK. Can he win it all?
Tyson Fury – Boxer – 33 Years old
Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in an 11 round nail-biter in Las Vegas in October, retaining his WBC World Champion Title.
Fury found himself on the knocked down to the canvas twice in the fourth round before brutally knocking out Wilder to seal his fate as champion.
The three fight trilogy against Wilder started with a controversial draw in their first fight i 2019, with Fury then winning in 2020 and now 2021. His title as one of the greatest ever heavyweights was official after the victory over Wilder.
Fury has also been a core piece of the enlightenment of mental health issues amongst men after his recent comeback from depression inspired all of us.
Adam Peaty – Swimmer – 26 Years old
Adam Peaty wrote history to become the first British swimmer to defend an olympic title in the Tokyo games as he earned gold in the 100m breaststroke.
That gold medal was the first of many to come Britains way.
Peaty also played a crucial role in the mixed 4x100m medley, where Britain made history with their first ever win in the race. He also won silver in the 4×100 mens relay line-up.
Emma Raducanu – Tennis – 19 Years old
Emma Raducanu ended Britain’s 44 year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion when she won the US Open.
18 at the time, Raducanu didn’t drop a set in the tournament as she fought her way to straight set wins to become the youngest women’s Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova in 2004, who was just 17.
The teenager emerged as a star at Wimbledon too, gaining a rank of 338th where she reached the fourth round before retiring due to breathing issues.
Raheem Sterling – Footballer – 27 Years old
Sterling was England’s main man in the Euro 2020 tournament this summer – where the team reached their first major tournament final in 55 years, losing to Italy on penalties.
Sterling scored three goals in the competition, including one in their history win over the Germans in the round of 16.
The 27 year old, along with Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker, was named in UEFA’s team of the tournament.
The Manchester City striker also 10 goals in the Premier League for his side which saw City reclaim their third title in four years.
Sarah Storey – Cyclist – 44 Years old
Sarah Storey become Britain’s greatest ever Paralympion in the Tokyo games this year as she sealed a gold in the C4-5, the 17th gold and 28th medal of her career.
She defended the C4-5 road race that she had won and held since the London 2012 games.
It was Storey’s eighth Paralympic games since she made her debut at just 14 years old – in Barcelona 1992.
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