Sports Personality Of The Year 2011: Sir Steve Redgrave Given Lifetime Achievement Award (PHOTOS, POLL, LIVE BLOG)

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With all the furore about the lack of female names in the shortlist for 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, at least one name in the Awards list is uncontroversially deserving.

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Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event tonight, it has been announced.

Redgrave, who won five gold medals at successive Olympics from 1984 to 2000, will be recognised for his huge contribution to rowing and his ongoing commitment to promoting sport in the UK.

It is unlikely that steely Redgrave will have the same dewy-eyed reaction as David Beckham. when he was given the same award last year, and given an almost embarrassingly extended standing ovation from his sporting peers in the audience.

However, the grand prize of Sports Personality Of The Year is still up for grabs, with 10 of Britain's finest sportsMEN nominated.

The public will pick the winner from a shortlist of 10, which includes Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke, Alastair Cook, Luke Donald, Mo Farah, Dai Greene, Amir Khan, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray and Andrew Strauss.

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Mark Cavendish is a likely winner and the bookies' favourite, after he became Britain's first cyclist to win the Tour de France's green jersey (given to the victor of points classification) this year. The 26-year-old also scooped the top prize of the rainbow jersey, becoming Britain's first World Champion for 46 years.

SkyBet, Bet365 and Blue Square are amongst the bookmakers offering odds of 1/3 that the cycling star will collect the coveted trophy.

This year's shortlist, compiled from the suggestions of 27 sports editors, does not include a single woman, and has come under fire from British sportswomen for entirely ignoring their successes over the past year.

The closest any female athlete came to making the top ten was the world champion swimmer, Rebecca Adlington, who missed out by a single vote.

In 2008 the award went to Sir Chris Hoy, in 2009 it went to Ryan Giggs and last year, jockey AP McCoy took home the coveted title.

Broadcast live from MediaCity in Salford Quays for the first time, the show will be screened on BBC One. Follow the show with our live blog from 8pm. Keep up with all your wittiest, most pertinent tweets in our Live Blog below...

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@ PercyBlakeney63 : So many sporting greats no longer with us. Carpe diem. #SPOTY

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@ kelvinnewman : If anyone has won at #spoty it's coldplays bank balance

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@ lawandsexuality : Just catching end of #SPOTY if we must have a bloody Royal Family, can't we have Anne instead of Charles?

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@ timothystringer : Being at the top of your sport for 20yrs is the stuff legends are made of! #Redgrave #SPOTY

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@ h_alexander : Steve Redgrave is totally deserving of Lifetime Achievement. Amazing man #spoty

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@ stephenpglenn : Did I miss seeing a WOMAN'S team in the Team of the Year award? ....oh there wasn't one there either #spoty

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@ Dunk_W : Thinking they are running out if time on #spoty interviews are getting shorter and no interview with the Walker Cup Team.

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@ seanayling : RT @hackneyhaz: Ditch the flames and fireworks at #spoty and the #BBC would have enough money to actually show some sport.<<Very good point.

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@ joesansom : Bbc need to decide what #SPOTY is about. Is it personality? Achievement in year? Or what? They decided on lifetime achievement for Giggs.

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@ westnewsprod : I assume Piers Morgan eulogy about Alastair Cook was scripted. No way he could remember that info! #SPOTY #leveson

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@ doug_roper : “@MathewHulbert: In many ways the most important award: The Unsung Hero Award. #BBC #SPOTY” >& a deserving couple to win it. Wonderful

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@ davidleebarton : I'll be voting for Darren Clarke tonight. Next year my vote will be for Mo Farrah, no doubt, 2012 gold medal #spoty

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@ Bracey111 : "only 7 days before the two distance finals".... Try a months straight racing. 21 stages. 200km a day. #spoty #cav4spoty

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@ JenniWillows : Watching #SPOTY but can't help thinking it's wrong having it on anything othet than a Sunday evening #traditionalist

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@ JamieSmiff : Cycling is boring. Therefore anyone who thinks Cavendish should win #spoty is boring.

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@ tomrobpowell : why is Jake Humphrey dressed like he's going to a wedding? #SPOTY

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@ LoebellSkyNews : Can't think of anything a load of millionaire sports people need less than more accolades and another trophy. #notwatching #spoty

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@ lbirchall : Well bugger me #spoty vts must be good, I'm even inspired by andrew strauss now!!!

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@ rosiehuz : I think that might be the nail in the coffin for Los Campesinos. Background music for somethingaboutsport on #spoty. You? Me? Not dancing.

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@ gingerkev : I'm not been funny, but, #SPOTY has the potential to be a great programme, this is absolutely dreadful!

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@ dave_harrison : Pleased Andy Flower won Coach of the year, but very surprised David Brailsford wasn't even on the shortlist #SPOTY.

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@ JustinEagleton : Just give it Darren Clarke n miss out the next hour #spoty

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@ clarksonclown : Can anyone tell me where I can start open water swimming? Ahem - purely for health reasons you understand #spoty

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@ KateBamberPA : David Haye talking about Wimbledon on #spoty - the obvious choice for an opinion on tennis.

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@ zootcadillac : Amir Kahn would have walked this if not for his recent loss. As a person? he probably deserves it #SPOTY but it's not about philanthropy

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@ JohnEvans28 : Why isn't Gavin Henson nominated as #SPOTY?? Don't the BBC know he's due to start a game tmrw??!

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@ JB_1 : That's it Greene gets my vote. He has a personality #SPOTY (except I won't vote)

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@ JSimo16 : And he's a comedian too! #SPOTY

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@ ncguk : "I think if you know you can win at sport you can win at sport. Sport is running and jumping and throwing, but it isn't golf." #spoty

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@ SulekhaVarma : Wonderful to see Bob Champion receive the Helen Rollason award on #spoty. So deserving and so, so humble. A true Champion.

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