Farah shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:29 01 December 2011

Mo Farah

Mo Farah


Mo Farah has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Newham & Essex Beagles athlete has enjoyed an astonishing year, culminating in gold and silver medal wins in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres respectively at the World Championships.

Farah’s achievements have netted him the European Athlete of the Year award and last week the Aviva Series Performance of the Year award, for his sparkling victory at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham in February.

And the 28-year-old has been installed by the bookies as third favourite behind cyclist Mark Cavendish and golfer Darren Clarke to win the BBC’s prestigious 58th annual gong.

After the list of 10 nominees – chosen by 27 editors from a variety of national publications – were revealed on Monday, Farah tweeted: “Just heard I’ve been nominated for BBCSPOTY. Great news...!”

World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is the only other athlete named on the male-only shortlist.

Should Farah clinch the award, he would be the first athlete to do so since Dame Kelly Holmes in 2004.

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