Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

McCoy features on BBC shortlist

Tony McCoy celebrates winning the John Smith's Grand National on Don't Push It

Tony McCoy has made the final cut for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010.

McCoy is on a shortlist of 10 for the coveted award, which will be announced at a live event at Birmingham's LG Arena on Sunday, December 19.

The 15-time champion jockey shot to the head of the betting for the accolade after winning the John Smith's Grand National at the 15th attempt aboard Don't Push It.

"From my point of view, it's a massive thing to be mentioned in the same breath as other sports stars, but I see it as a bigger honour for racing," said McCoy.

"Frankie Dettori is the biggest icon we have to offer, but if by me winning the Grand National means more people are interested in the sport, that can only be a good thing."

Ryder Cup heroes Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell also feature in the nominations.

Westwood finished runner-up in The Masters and The Open on the way to taking the world number one spot from Tiger Woods, while McDowell became Europe's first US Open champion for 40 years.

The pair were also part of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor.

Also on the shortlist are Jessica Ennis, who added the world pentathlon title and European heptathlon title to her world heptathlon title from last year, David Haye, who twice defended his world heavyweight title, most recently with a third-round stoppage of Audley Harrison, and Amy Williams, who won Britain's first individual Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women's skeleton.

Mark Cavendish, won won five stages on the Tour de France, double Commonwealth diving gold medallist Tom Daley, England spinner Graeme Swann and darts great Phil Taylor complete the nominees.

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