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Michael Taylor 1st Dec 2008 - 21:44

No surprises on Sports Personality shortlist

The list of Britain's top ten sporting achievers has been drawn up with few shocks and now all that's left is for the winner to be crowned as 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

There may have been no home nation representation in football's European Championship but the Olympics ensured there is no shortage of exceptional performers included on the shortlist.

So, who looks best placed to succeed Joe Calzaghe as the top athlete in British sport?

Lewis Hamilton (1/2)

The odds on favourite to win, Hamilton capped a remarkable Formula 1 season by snatching the Drivers' Championship away from Felipe Massa on the final corner of the last Grand Prix of the season.

Hamilton became the youngest world champion ever and the first British winner since Damon Hill in 1996.

Rebecca Adlington (11/4)

Mansfield's finest swimmer surprised the world by grabbing 400 and 800 metre Olympic swimming titles, becoming the first British female swimmer to take an Olympic gold since Anita Lonsbrough in 1960.

Adlington won over the nation with her massive smile and became famous for a love of shoes.

Chris Hoy (9/2)

The big Scotsman became the iconic figure of Britain's successful Olympic campaign as he smashed records, and the opposition, on the way to booking his place as one of the greatest track cyclists of all time.

Most years Hoy would be guaranteed the title with his three gold medal haul.

Joe Calzaghe (33/1)

The Pride of Wales is looking to retain his crown and is in with a reasonable shout after victories against two legends of the boxing world.

First up was a scrapping victory against Bernard Hopkins before a vintage Calzaghe dismantled Roy Jones Jr.

Andy Murray (40/1)

Britain's best tennis talent since....who knows when. Murray is beginning to fulfil his potential but may be a more serious contender next year.

Christine Ohuruogu (80/1)

Backed up last year's world 400m title with Olympic gold to prove she is over her drug ban trauma.

Bradley Wiggins (80/1)

Another star of the velodrome and Britain's Olympic team. Hard to see how he challenges the awesome Chris Hoy though.

Ben Ainslie (80/1)

The most successful British sailor ever is an also-ran due to lack of interest in his sport.

Nicole Cooke (100/1)

The first gold medal winner for Britain in the Olympics. Welsh cyclist Cooke produced a dazzling display of road racing but it will not be enough for her to become sports personality.

Rebecca Romero (100/1)

Romero followed up rowing success in Athens with gold in cycling. Again, she will not rival Chris Hoy in the voting.

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