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Not-so-sweet 16: the BBC Sports awards list that is causing such consternation

Published 30/11/2016

Missed chance: Gcareth Bale reflects on a disappointing draw for Wales
Missed chance: Gcareth Bale reflects on a disappointing draw for Wales

NICOLA ADAMa - Became the first British boxer to defend an Olympic title in 92 years when she beat Sarah Ouhramoune to retain her women's flyweight title in Rio.

GARETH BALE

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Helped Real Madrid win the Champions League, surpassed Gary Lineker as the highest scoring Briton in Spain's Primera Division and inspired Wales to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE

Retained his Olympic triathlon title and received acclaim for helping ailing brother Jonny over the finish line at the Triathlon World Series event in Mexico in September.

SOPHIE CHRISTIANSEN

The Ascot 29-year-old claimed three equestrian gold medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, taking her career total of Paralympic gold medals to eight.

KADEENA COX

Cox won gold medals in both cycling and sprinting in Rio, becoming the first British Paralympian to win titles in two sports since Isabel Barr in 1984.

MO FARAH

Farah completed the 'double-double' by successfully defending his Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Rio - and finished the year with his third straight win at the Great North Run.

JASON KENNY

Kenny's three cycling gold medals in Rio took his career tally of Olympic titles to six and made him the joint most-decorated British Olympian, alongside fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

LAURA KENNY

As Laura Trott, she retained both her team pursuit and omnium titles in Rio, an achievement which made her the most decorated track cyclist in Olympic history.

ANDY MURRAY

The all-conquering Scottish tennis superstar won his second Wimbledon mens singles title and also retained his Olympic crown before ending another sensational year by winning the ATP Tour finals in London and usurping Novak Djokovic to become the undisputed world number one.

ADAM PEATY

Peaty clinched Great Britain's first gold medal in Rio when he surged to victory in the 100m breaststroke, beating his own world record and becoming Britain's first male swimming gold medallist in 28 years.

KATE RICHARDSON-WALSH

Veteran captain Richardson-Walsh led the Great Britain women's hockey team to an historic gold medal in Rio after a thrilling victory over Holland, which was settled on penalties.

NICK SKELTON

At the ripe old age of 58 and competing in his seventh Olympic Games, Skelton won his second Olympic gold medal when he steered his horse Big Star to victory in the individual showjumping event.

DAME SARAH STOREY

Won time trial and road race titles in Rio to take her career tally of Paralympic gold medals to nine, making her the most successful British female Paralympian in history.

JAMIE VARDY

Vardy set a new record for scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, a feat which helped Leicester march all the way to their improbable title win.

MAX WHITLOCK

Claimed Great Britain's first Olympic gymnastics gold medal with a surprise win in the men's floor programme in Rio - then doubled his tally less than two hours later with victory on the pommel.

DANNY WILLETT

Overhauled leader Jordan Spieth to become only the second English golfer to win the US Masters, a win which also saw him break into the world's top 10.

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