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BBC Sports Personality of the Year contenders announced

Sixteen British competitors are in the running to be crowned as BBC's Sports Personality of the Year, including Andy Murray who has won the award twice in three years.

Tennis star Andy Murray tops an extended list of 16 contenders for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

A number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes make the cut, including the likes of Nicola Adams, Alistair Brownlee, Mo Farah, Jason Kenny and Laura Kenny.

Murray, who also won gold at this summer's Olympics for the second time running, is the favourite with most bookmakers to come out on top in the public vote for the third time in four years, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on December 18.

Two footballers make the list, meanwhile - Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for his exploits in helping the Foxes to a historic Premier League title last term, and Gareth Bale who guided Real Madrid to Champions League success and national side Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

There is no place among the nominees for triple Tour de France winner Chris Froome or Sir Bradley Wiggins, however, the latter of whom became the most decorated British athlete in Olympic history during the Rio Games.

Sports Personality of the Year 2016 nominees: Nicola Adams, Boxing; Gareth Bale, Football; Alistair Brownlee, Triathlon; Sophie Christiansen, Equestrian; Kadeena Cox, Athletics/Cycling; Mo Farah, Athletics; Jason Kenny, Cycling; Laura Kenny, Cycling; Andy Murray, Tennis; Adam Peaty, Swimming; Kate Richardson-Walsh, Hockey; Nick Skelton, Equestrian; Dame Sarah Storey, Cycling; Jamie Vardy, Football; Max Whitlock, Gymnastics; Danny Willett, Golf

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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