The BBC has announced the nominees for this year's coveted Sports Personality of the Year award, as decided by the sports editors of leading newspapers. Here's the list in full:


Mark Cavendish (cyclist) - Tour de France sprint king, winner of the coveted green jersey

Darren Clarke (golf) - long-odds Open champion, won his first major at age 42

Alastair Cook (cricket) - England’s star batsman smashed the Aussies and lit up the Ashes

Luke Donald (golf) - became world number one after winning a tense play-off against Lee Westwood at the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth

Mo Farah (athletics) - made history by winning Britain’s first world gold at 5,000m in the 2011 Athletics World Championships

Dai Greene (athletics) - European, Commonwealth and world champion 400m hurdler

Amir Khan (boxing) - world light-welterweight champ, named British boxer of the year

Rory McIlroy (golf) - won the US Open with a stunning score of 268

Andy Murray (tennis) - moved ahead of Roger Federer to become world number three

Andrew Strauss (cricket) - captained England to back-to-back Ashes victories


Voting will take place by phone during the live show on Thursday 22 December at 8pm on BBC1 but - just for fun - why not vote below for the sportsperson you think should win.