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Tyson Fury completes the set

And the sixth and final nominee has been confirmed as boxer and two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The ‘Gypsy King’ clinched a stunning win over Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch back in February.

Fury finished Wilder in the seventh to claim the WBC title and set up a mouthwatering future showdown with British rival Anthony Joshua.

The 32-year-old is back on top of boxing following a lengthy battle with depression and drugs that threatened not just his career but his life. 

Fury has spoken openly about his struggles since then and is now an ambassador for mental health.

Ronnie O’Sullivan gets first nomination

Six-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has been announced as the fifth nominee, and is a SPOTY contender for the first time in his career.

O’Sullivan’s legendary 25-year stint has seen him rack up a whole host of achievements and he won his sixth world title at the Crucible in August, beating Kyren Wilson in the World Snooker Championship final.

This year also saw him reach the Northern Ireland Open final, although he lost to Judd Trump.

The Rocket has never been before nominated for the annual BBC award but is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow snooker icon Steve Davis, who won it in 1988.

Hollie Doyle in the hunt

Jockey Hollie Doyle is the only woman in the running for the gong in 2020 after enjoying a stunning year in horse racing.

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year broke her own record for the number of winners ridden by a British woman in a year.

Doyle clinched 120 victories including a double on British Champions Day.

Another major highlight came with her first victory at Royal Ascot.

Jordan Henderson joins Broad and Hamilton

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who skippered the Reds to their first league title in 30 years, is the third nominee for this year’s gong.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won the league by 18 points and racked up a club-record 99 with Henderson named the Football Writers’ Men’s Player of the Year.

The 30-year-old enjoyed one of his best campaigns with four goals and five assists in 30 Premier League games.

Off the pitch, the England midfielder played a leading role in the Players Together campaign, which has seen players raise money for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Stuart Broad announced as the second nominee

England cricketer Stuart Broad has been announced as the second nominee for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

The fast bowler was dropped for the first Test of the summer against the West Indies but returned and made a statement with his performances.

The 34-year-old took 16 wickets at an average of 10.93 to pass 500 for his career.

He is now seventh in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers.

Former England captain Alastair Cook has opened up on Broad’s performances.

He told BBC Sport: “I don’t think anyone could predict when his spells were coming. When it absolutely clicks 100% for him, when he finds the perfect length, he is a handful because he is so skilful.

“On the day of the 8-15, he wanted to bat first. James Anderson was injured, but who stepped up to deliver the performance? He owes me one for deciding to bowl when he wanted to bat.

“Broady can lie in bed at night and think “when there was a big moment in a high-pressure game, I delivered on more than my fair share of occasions”, and that must be a great feeling.”

After winning his seventh world title, Hamilton said: “To all the kids out there, dream the impossible.”

Once out of the car, he added: “Seven is just unimaginable but when you work with such a great group of people and you really trust each other, there is just no end to what you can do together.

“I feel like I’m only just getting started, it’s really weird.”

Hamilton will look to break Schumacher’s record next season if he signs a new contract at Mercedes.

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