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Chrissie absent from BBC Sports Personality list

Angry reaction as women and triathletes both missing from list for 2011 Award

The BBC has announced the 10 nominees for the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Chrissie Wellington and Alistair Brownlee were both absent from the list, chosen by a range of newspapers and magazines across the UK.

The list, which can be viewed here, has immediately been criticised for its lack of female participants, with Chrissie, Keri-Anne Payne, Rebecca Adlington and the ITU World Champion, Helen Jenkins, all absent.

Chrissie has tweeted, “No women in @bbcspoty top ten. Its not about me, its about the need to celebrate achievements of so many female GBR athletes. Disgraceful.”

Here is the shortlist, their sport and the number of votes they received…

Mark Cavendish, Cycling 23 votes

Darren Clarke, Golf 26 votes

Alastair Cook, Cricket 18 votes

Luke Donald, Golf 11 votes

Mo Farah, Athletics 27 votes

Dai Greene, Athletics 17 votes

Amir Khan, Boxing 7 votes

Rory McIlroy, Golf 27 votes

Andy Murray, Tennis 14 votes

Andrew Strauss, Cricket 16 votes

And those who missed the cut…

Rebecca Adlington, Swimming 6 votes

Keri-Anne Payne, Swimming 5 votes

Chrissie Wellington, Triathlon 3 votes

Alistair Brownlee, Triathlon 4 votes

Who voted and how can be viewed here

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.