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Jonathan Rea misses out on BBC Sports Personality of the Year nomination - Geraint Thomas winner

Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea

Northern Ireland motorcycle racer Jonathan Rea has missed out on being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The reigning World Superbike champion finished runner-up to Mo Farah for the 2017 award, but was not nominated for the 2018 award.

This year's nominees were footballer Harry Kane, cyclist Geraint Thomas, Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, cricketer James Anderson and former skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold.

Thomas was declared the winner after his 2018 Tour de France victory. Hamilton came in second place, with Spurs striker Kane third.

The awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at Birmingham's Genting Arena.

Rea was in the running for a nomination after he again coasted to victory in the WSBK Championship this year, breaking a host of records on the way.

The Ballyclare rider is the first man to have won the championship in four successive seasons.

He also broke Carl Fogarty's overall wins record when he claimed his 60th WBSK race success and broke the record of consecutive race wins with his 12 victories in a row to close the season.

And, as if it all wasn't enough, Rea equalled Doug Polen's 17 year-old record of 17 wins in a single season.

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas celebrates winning the Tour de France (Pete Goding/PA)
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas celebrates winning the Tour de France (Pete Goding/PA)

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