The BBC has announced its nominations for the annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards and both Chrissie Wellington and Alistair Brownlee are absent. The Ashes winning captain, Andrew Strauss, and the charismatic boxer David Haye have emerged as early favourites for the prize.
Just weeks after Chrissie being named as the 2009 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, the news will come as blow (if not an overly surprising one) to triathletes hoping their sport will gain more recognition in the mainstream media. After winning every race he entered in the inaugural Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series, Alistair Brownlee (recent star of BBC’s A Question of Sport) also failed to make the shortlist selected by Britain’s newspapers.
Swim/bike/runners can take a little solace, nonetheless, in F1’s Jenson Button (2nd in his age-group at the London Triathlon) and six time Tour de France stage winner, Mark Cavendish, being touted as potential winners (fellow Tour de France hero, Bradley Wiggins, missed the cut however).
The nominees are:
Jenson Button, Mark Cavendish, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis, Ryan Giggs, David Haye, Phillips Idowu, Andy Murray, Andrew Strauss and Beth Tweddle.
Full news story here, http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sports_personality_of_the_year/8386162.stm
But what do you think? Should the veteran Giggs have been upstaged by Brownlee? Should Wellie be above Tweddle? Head to http://www.220triathlon.com/forum/ to have your say.