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Stage set for Sports Personality

Sports Personality of the Year
Venue: Sheffield Arena Date: Sunday, 13 December Time: 1900 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website

SPOTY graphic

Sports Personality 2009 top 10 rundown

The countdown has begun to Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year which promises to be the biggest ever.

Finishing touches are being made to the spectacular set at Sheffield Arena, where about 11,000 ticket holders will watch the 56th hosting of the event.

"It's going to be our biggest ever show and we've got our best ever cast list," said editor Carl Doran, ahead of the live event on BBC One at 1900 GMT.

Ten contenders are in the running for the main prize.

The winner will be picked from a public phone vote.

The final shortlist (in alphabetical order):
Jenson Button, Mark Cavendish, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis, Ryan Giggs, David Haye, Phillips Idowu, Andy Murray, Andrew Strauss and Beth Tweddle.

Details of the numbers to phone will be given out during the programme which will be presented again by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey.

All the contenders made a big impact in the sporting arena this year.

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Button won six of the season's first seven grands prix and held on to his lead to become Britain's 10th F1 world champion, while on two wheels Cavendish became the first Briton to win six stages in one Tour de France.

Sheffield's Ennis swept aside the opposition to win the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, where Idowu finally realised his full potential by taking triple jump gold.

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Another first-time world champion was 15-year-old Daley, who won the 10m platform event in Rome, while Tweddle tumbled her way to World Championship gold in the floor event at London's O2 Arena.

Tennis star Murray continued where he left off in 2008, reaching a career-high ranking of two at one point in a year where he won six tournaments including two Masters events.

Strauss led from the front to finish as leading run-scorer as England reclaimed the Ashes, while 36-year-old Giggs was crowned the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year as he won his 11th Premier League title with Manchester United.

The shortlist was put together by a panel of 26 sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines.

"There are also going to be some wonderful surprises and big moments on the night," added the show's editor Carl Doran.

SPORT EDITORS' BLOG
SPOTY editor Carl Doran

Last year's event at Liverpool's Echo Arena was watched by a television audience of 9.8m, with triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy beating Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington to the honour.

The other awards to be presented on the night will include:

- Team of the Year

- Coach of the Year

- Overseas Personality

- Young Personality

- Helen Rollason Award

- Unsung Hero Award

- Lifetime Achievement

Backstage at Sports Personality



SPORTS PERSONALITY:
Sun 13 Dec, 1900 GMT,
BBC One & BBC Radio 5 Live.

see also
Seve receives BBC lifetime award
13 Dec 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Jenson Button
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Mark Cavendish
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Tom Daley
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Jessica Ennis
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Ryan Giggs
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: David Haye
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10 : Phillips Idowu
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Andy Murray
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Andrew Strauss
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Beth Tweddle
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality nominations
30 Nov 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality roll of honour
22 Dec 10 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality presenters
21 Oct 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 2009 Top 10
01 Dec 09 |  Sports Personality
SPOTY Voting & Judging: Terms & conditions
18 Nov 08 |  Sports Personality


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