Brownlee 'bit sad' not to make list

Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee admitted he was sad not to make the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award.

The selector's panel for the BBC award said it was a tough decision to leave the inspirational triathlete off the 12-strong shortlist. And 24-year-old from Leeds tipped cycling sensation Bradley Wiggins or double gold medallist Mo Farah to win the award.

Speaking at the BT British Olympic Ball, Brownlee said: "Of course I'm a little bit sad not to be on it but someone picks that and it's up to them whether they leave you on or off or not, there's nothing I could have done about it so I'm not bothered."

He added: "I think the list is kind of fair on the whole, I think everyone knew it was going to be a very, very hard year for British sport and what a fantastic year it has been so it's hard to pick the list. It is what it is.

Meanwhile, diver Tom Daley said he would love the winner to be one of the three Paralympians nominated. Speaking on the glittering gold carpet outside the Grosvenor Park hotel in central London, the 18-year-old said: "It's very tough this year, there's so many worthy people to go on to the Sports Personality list.

"For me, I'd love it to be, I know this kind of a bit traitor-ish, but I'd love it to be a Paralympian. Sticking with my roots I'd love Ellie Simmonds to go up there, Ellie Simmonds or David Weir, I think they are really deserving winners."

Victoria Pendleton, another 2012 gold medal winner, said she was not surprised to be left off the list, despite being commended by the selector's panel.

The cyclist, who was voted off BBC dance competition Strictly Come Dancing last week, said: "I've never made the shortlist in my career so I didn't expect to this time round and with so many winners at the Olympics it's so hard to choose, I don't know how they've done it. It would have been a close to impossible task, so yeah, it's cool."

But the 32-year-old tipped fellow cyclist and double-gold medal winner Laura Trott, another surprising omission from the shortlist, to get another chance to win the award.

Pendleton, who has now quit competitive cycling, said: "I've got no doubt in my mind that Laura will have another chance at that because there's no way she's going to win any less than two (golds) next time round, maybe more."

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