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Andy Murray is strong favourite to win BBC sports award

By PA Reporter

Andy Murray heads an unprecedented 16-strong shortlist for this year's BBC Sports Personality Award, which will be announced in Birmingham on December 18.

After winning his second Wimbledon title and now ranked world number one, Murray is the strong favourite to be crowned the show's first three-time winner.

The three non-Olympians or Paralympians to be nominated are footballers Gareth Bale and Jamie Vardy, and Masters golf champion Danny Willett.

Champion cycling couple Jason and Laura Kenny are both nominated. And, at the age of 58, equestrian Nick Skelton becomes the oldest athlete to feature on the show's published shortlist.

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