It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but at last the British Sports Journalist award was handed to British cyclist Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins is the first ever Briton to win the Tour de France and it seems that it was enough to clinch him the award. He got the maximum number of votes beating U.S. Open champion Andy Murray and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah. Jessica Ennis received the sportswoman of the year award for winning the gold medal in the heptathlon department. Ennis got the award for the third time in the last four years. Ennis also won the Pat Besford Trophy for exceptional performance of the year.
The decision to hand over the Best Sportsman award was not as easy as there were tough competitors. But from the beginning, Wiggins’ chance of getting it looked promising. Bradley Wiggins has managed to secure the fourth Olympic Gold Medal under his belt in 2012. Not only that but the 32-year-old Briton cyclist also got hold of the yellow jersey at the 2012 Tour de France for 13 consecutive stages.
The 29-year-old athlete Mo Farah was considered to be the second hot favorite. Farah registered two marvelous victories at the 5000m and 10000m race at the Olympic finals which left the whole England dancing to their feet. There is also the tennis icon, Andy Murray, with his gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Murray then went on to win his maiden grand slam at the US Open.
Boxer Nicola Adams, cyclist Sarah Storey, swimmer Ellie Simmonds made it to the list. So the competition was a bit tough than the previous year. But with the exceptional performance in the summer and having been able to win the Tour de France as the first Briton ever, it always looked like Bradley Wiggins has definitely an edge over all other contenders!