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The sportswomen of the year 2012

spotyNext Sunday (16th) is the BBC’s annual prizegiving of the Sports Personality of the Year. After last year’s debacle, when no women were nominated, five are on the shortlist this time round.

You probably remember all of them from their exploits this summer:

Nicola Adams: the first ever Olympic gold medallist in women’s boxing, winning the flyweight division.

Jessica Ennis: the heptathlete was the “face” of the London 2012 Olympics, where she won gold in her event – proving herself the best all-round female athlete in the world.

Katherine Grainger: after coming so close at the three previous Olympics, she finally won gold in the double sculls with Anna Watkins.

Ellie Simmonds: the swimmer won two golds plus a silver and a bronze at the Paralympics.

Sarah Storey: Four-time gold medallist in cycling at the Paralympic Games in 2012, adding to the two she won in 2008…and the five she won at earlier Games, except those five were in swimming.

Ennis has already won the William Hill Sportswoman of the Year award, beating Storey, Simmonds, athlete Hannah Cockroft, gymnast Beth Tweddle, jockey Hayley Turner, cyclists Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott, and footballer Steph Houghton.

But of course, even those two lists don’t get anywhere near recognising the myriad sporting achievements of British women this year.

I’d like to have seen a bit more recognition for the amazing Chrissie Wellington, who retired from Ironman competition this week, and footballer Rachel Yankey, who passed the 100-cap point for England this season while winning the domestic double with Arsenal Ladies.

And let’s not forget the brilliant England rugby team (all still amateurs), nor the fantastic England cricketers (mostly part-time players) – who turn in terrific performances year in year out without a fraction of the media attention given to their male counterparts.

What have been your favourite sporting moments of 2012?

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