2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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The 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, presented on 22 December, was the 58th presentation of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Awarded annually by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the main titular award honours an individual's British sporting achievement over the past year, with the winner selected by public vote from a 10-person shortlist. Other awards presented include team, coach, and young personality of the year.

Award process[edit]

The shortlist of ten sportspeople, which was drawn up by "a range of sports experts from newspapers and magazines across the UK",[1] was announced on 29 November 2011.[2] The shortlist was widely criticised for its lack of any female competitors. On 14 December, the British Olympic Association said that they were considering a boycott of the award ceremony in protest. The BOA chief executive, Andy Hunt, said that he would have included swimmers Keri-Anne Payne and Rebecca Adlington, rower Katherine Grainger, and England women's cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, in his top 10.[3] The BBC said that it would review the nomination procedure for the 2012 awards.[3]

The award ceremony was held on Thursday 22 December at the MediaCityUK in Salford, and was broadcast live on BBC One. The winner, decided by a public telephone vote during the ceremony, was Mark Cavendish.[4]

Nominees[edit]

The nominees and their achievements in 2011 as described by the BBC[2] and their share of the votes cast[4] were as follows:

Nominee Sport 2011 achievement BBC Profile Votes (percentage)
Mark Cavendish Cycling Britain's first winner of the points classification in the Tour de France; also won the world road race, the first British male champion to do so for 46 years. [1] 169,152 (49.47%)
Darren Clarke Golf Won the 2011 Open Championship at the age of 42, becoming the oldest winner of the event since Roberto De Vicenzo in 1967. [2] 42,188 (12.34%)
Mo Farah Athletics Won a gold medal in the 5,000m and a silver medal in the 10,000m at the World Championships. [3] 29,780 (8.71%)
Luke Donald Golf Won the PGA Championship at Wentworth and became the world's number one golfer. [4] 23,854 (6.98%)
Andy Murray Tennis Won five titles and reached third place in the world rankings. [5] 18,754 (5.48%)
Andrew Strauss Cricket Led England to victory in the Ashes on the way to becoming the number one Test team in the world. [6] 17,994 (5.26%)
Alastair Cook Cricket Won the Ashes in Australia, as the highest run scorer and whitewashed India, 4-0, to become the number one test nation. [7] 13,038 (3.81%)
Rory McIlroy Golf Became the youngest U.S. Open champion since 1923 [8] 11,915 (3.48%)
Dai Greene Athletics Won a gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships. [9] 9,022 (2.64%)
Amir Khan Boxing Defeated Zab Judah in the light-welterweight unification fight in Las Vegas. [10] 6,262 (1.83%)

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main award as "Sports Personality of the Year", several other awards were also announced:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 - How they voted". BBC Sport. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC announce 2011 Sports Personality of the Year top 10". BBC Sport. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Gibson, Owen (14 December 2011). "BOA considers boycott of BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Mark Cavendish wins BBC award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "England cricketers win Team of the Year award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Andy Flower wins coaching award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Novak Djokovic wins overseas award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lauren Taylor wins Young award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Scots duo win Unsung Hero award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sir Steve Redgrave given BBC Lifetime Achievement award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bob Champion wins Helen Rollason award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011.