THE 12 WHO CAN CLAIM THE PRIZE

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JESSICA EN­NIS-HILL (Athletics)

Age: 29 Odds: Evens The Sh­effield ath­lete com­pleted a re­mark­able come­back by win­ning hep­tathlon gold at the World Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust. She had given birth to Reg­gie just 13 months ear­lier.

ANDY MUR­RAY (Ten­nis)

Age: 28 Odds: 13/8 Mur­ray be­gan with a loss in the Aus­tralian open fi­nal to No­vak Djokovic but regis­tered a 500th ca­reer win in March. He will fin­ish 2015 as world No 2 and led Bri­tain to Davis Cup vic­tory.

TYSON FURY (Box­ing)

Age: 27 Odds: 11/2 Fury caused one of the great­est up­sets in heavy­weight his­tory when he de­feated world cham­pion Wladimir Kl­itschko by unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion. The Ukrainian had not lost since 2004.

LEWIS HAMIL­TON (For­mula 1)

Age: 30 Odds: 10/1 Hamil­ton claimed pole in 11 of the first 12 races and won seven. He sealed his third World Cham­pi­onship at the US Grand Prix in oc­to­ber to equal Sir Jackie Ste­wart’s Bri­tish record. CHRIS FROOME (Cy­cling)

Age: 30 Odds: 33/1 Af­ter win­ning the Tour de France in 2013 and crash­ing out in 2014, Froome be­gan his 2015 Tour prepa­ra­tion with vic­tory at the Cri­terium du Dauphine in June. He then de­fied crit­ics to be­come the first Brit to win the Tour twice.

MO FARAH (Athletics)

Age: 32 Odds: 40/1 De­spite con­tro­versy around coach Al­berto Salazar, Farah had a stel­lar year. He won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the World Cham­pi­onships, mak­ing him the first man to com­plete a dis­tance ‘triple-dou­ble’ — win­ning both at two World Cham­pi­onships and the olympics.

KEVIN SIN­FIELD (Rugby League)

Age: 35 Odds: 40/1 In his last sea­son as Leeds Rhi­nos cap­tain be­fore switch­ing to rugby union, Sin­field led his side to an his­toric tre­ble, win­ning the Chal­lenge Cup, League Lead­ers’ Shield and Su­per League for the first time in their his­tory.

ADAM PEATY (Swim­ming)

Age: 20 Odds: 66/1 Peaty broke world records in the 50m and 100m breast­stroke and be­came the first Brit to win three golds at a World Cham­pi­onships in the 50m and 100m breast­stroke and the 4x100m mixed med­ley re­lay. GREG RUTHER­FORD (Athletics)

Age: 29 Odds: 80/1 Ruther­ford set an in­door per­sonal best be­fore win­ning Di­a­mond League events in Birm­ing­ham and oslo. He be­came only the fifth Brit to hold olympic, World, Euro­pean and Com­mon­wealth ti­tles si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­fore clinch­ing the Di­a­mond Race ti­tle.

LIZZIE AR­MIT­STEAD (Cy­cling)

Age: 26 Odds: 100/1 Ar­mit­stead won three Road World Cup races as she took the over­all ti­tle for the sec­ond year run­ning. She won sil­ver in the women’s time trial at the Road Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships be­fore win­ning gold in the road race.

LUCY BRONZE (Foot­ball)

Age: 24 Odds: 100/1 one of the stars of the Lionesses’ run to the World Cup semi-fi­nals, Bronze also scored one of the goals of the tour­na­ment in Canada. She was named in the All-Star team as Eng­land fin­ished third.

MAX WHIT­LOCK (Gym­nas­tics)

Age: 22 Odds: 150/1 Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from glan­du­lar fever, Whit­lock, one of Sports­mail’s Road to Rio ath­letes, won World Cham­pi­onships sil­ver in the Floor and Team events and gold in the Pom­mel Horse. He is the first Bri­tish gymnast to win world gold.

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