Elise Christie in running for BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Livingston speed skater Elise Christie has been nominated for the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 9:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 9:36 am
Elise Christie is in the running for the BBC Sports Personality award. PA Wire.
Elise Christie is in the running for the BBC Sports Personality award. PA Wire.

The 27-year-old became the first European woman to win the 1000m, 1500m and overall gold at the World Championships.

She recorded unprecedented success in Rotterdam earlier this year to put to bed the traumatic experience of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

Christie travelled to Russia three years ago as one of the favourites in all three of her distances – 500m, 1000m and 1500m – but was disqualified twice and crashed out in the other event.

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It led to death threats after she was blamed by South Koreans for causing Park Seung-Hi to fall in one of the events.

The short-track skater now has her eyes set on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

She is an outsider for the long-running BBC award, with boxer Anthony Joshua leading the nominations.

The 28-year-old former Olympic champion, currently ranked the world’s top heavyweight, is the odds-on favourite to win after his victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April earned him the WBA and IBO belts to add to his existing IBF title.

He successfully defended his IBF title against late replacement Carlos Takam in October in front of 80,000 people at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

However, Joshua faces competition from 2014 Sports Personality winner Lewis Hamilton, who won a fourth Formula One drivers’ title last month, and Chris Froome, who won his fourth Tour de France in the summer.

British women’s tennis number one Johanna Konta is also among the nominees, having reached her best singles world ranking of fourth in the summer after the biggest win of her career at the Miami Open, where she beat Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-final and final, and then reached the last four at Wimbledon.

Mo Farah, who won the world 10,000 metres title in London but narrowly missed out on the 5000m double in his final track season, is also on the list, along with Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who was the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17 for the second season in a row.

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea, who secured a third successive World Superbikes title, is also on the list, as is Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, who secured gold at the IPC World Athletics Championships in the T44 100m.

Swimmer Adam Peaty’s record-breaking achievements at the World Aquatics Championships have been recognised with a place on the list and England cricketer Anya Shrubsole makes the list for her performance as the England woman’s team won the World Cup on home soil.

The medium-pace bowler claimed six wickets for 46 in the final at Lord’s – the best ever bowling figures in a Women’s Cricket World Cup final – to turn the match on its head. Bianca Walkden, who successfully defended her world taekwondo heavyweight title in South Korea, completes the 12-strong list. The winner will be decided by public vote, with the live show taking place in Liverpool on December 17.