Laura and Jason Kenny named in BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

Quarter of the shortlist made up of cyclists with Sarah Storey and Kadeena Cox also in the running

Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Multiple Olympic gold medallists Laura and Jason Kenny have been named in the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, alongside Paralympic cyclists Sarah Storey and Kadeena Cox.

The four riders make up a quarter of the 16-person shortlist that looks particularly strong after a successful year for Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

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According to the bookies, Laura Kenny is the most likely of the four cyclists to pick up the prestigious award, commanding odds of 22/1 after picking up Olympic gold medals in the omnium and team pursuit to become the greatest female British Olympian.

Jason Kenny also enjoyed a successful Olympic games with three gold medals in the individual sprint, team sprint, and keirin, to draw level with 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner Chris Hoy on six Olympic gold medals, making them the joint most successful British Olympians of all time.

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Sarah Storey and Kadeena Cox are two of four Paralympians on the shortlist.

Storey won three gold medals in the Rio Paralympics to take her tally to fourteen across two sports (cycling and swimming) and seven Paralympic games.

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Cox is another multi-discipline athlete, winning a gold medal in the C4-5 time trial on the bike at the Paralympics, as well as a gold, silver, and a bronze in athletics.

However, if the bookies are to be believed, then they will struggle to beat two-time winner Andy Murray to the award, after the tennis player enjoyed a stellar year, winning Wimbledon and the Olympics, reaching the finals of the Australian and French Open, and finishing the year as world number one.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.