In the last part of our review into this year’s BBC Sports Personalities of the Year Nominees, we cover stars from the world of Cricket, Motorcycling, swimming and Taekwondo.
First up is 22 year old Olympic Champion Adam Peaty who in the space of one day this year broke his own world record twice, whilst retaining his World titles in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. The Loughborough based swimmer now holds the top ten fastest times ever recorded for the 100m, whilst also becoming the first person ever to go under the 26 seconds for the 50m when he won his semi final in the time of 25.95 seconds. Adam been nominated for this award for the last three years, but his highest ranking was 10th in 2014.
Anya Shrubsole was award the Player of the Match award as she helped England secure World cup glory, when they beat India in the Women’s Cricket world cup final back in July. Her 5 wickets from 19 balls went some way to helping her time claim the trophy for the first ever time. Anya was later the first ever women to be named the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award winner for her actions in consoling a devastated South African skipper Dane Van Niekerk following England’s Semi Final win.
For the first time ever, the sport of Taekwondo has made the list, in the form of Heavy weight world champion Bianca Walkden. The Liverpool born fighter became the first British women ever to defend a world title during the world championships held in South Korea last June. Her record of only one loss since claiming Bronze at last year’s Olympics as also seen her clean up on the grand prix circuit with wins in London, Moscow and Morocco this year.
Our final nominee is 30 year old Motorcyclist Johnathan Rea from Northern Ireland, who this year took his third Successive World Superbike title, with five races of the season remaining, in doing so he broke Colin Edwards long standing record for points in a season racking up a total of 556. With 16 wins during the season now taking him up to a career 54, he is only 5 behind the all time leading record held by 4 time world champion Carl Fogarty.