Wiggins leads the way

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins

BRADLEY Wiggins leads the nominations for the 12-strong shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes dominate the list, with golfer Rory McIlroy the only one of the dozen names not to have won medals at London 2012.

Cyclist Wiggins – the Warriors fan who describes himself as an ‘honourary Wiganer’ – is the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite after his historic triumph in the Tour de France and gold in the Olympics time trial, ahead of Mo Farah, double gold medallist in the 5,000 and 10,000m.

Andy Murray, who became the first British man to win a grand slam singles title for 76 years when he triumphed in the US Open, is ranked third favourite with the bookies just ahead of Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.

David Weir, the wheelchair athlete who won four golds in London, is ranked by the bookies as the leading Paralympian.

Shortlist: Nicola Adams (boxing), Ben Ainslie (sailing), Jessica Ennis (heptathlon), Mo Farah (5,000m and 10,000m), Katherine Grainger (rowing), Sir Chris Hoy (cycling), Rory McIlroy (golf), (Andy Murray, tennis), Ellie Simmonds (swimming), Sarah Storey (cycling), David Weir (wheelchair athlete), Bradley Wiggins.