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26/11/2013 14:32 GMT | Updated 27/11/2013 11:15 GMT

Sports Personality Of The Year Nominees Revealed (PICTURES)

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Andy Murray is the clear favourite to claim the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year after the 10-man shortlist was revealed.

Murray became the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title, and the historic significance of that feat arguably dwarfs any of his rivals' achievements this year.

Other contenders include jockey Tony McCoy, the 2010 winner, who rode his 4,000th career winner this month, and Mo Farah, who won double athletics gold at the World Championships in Moscow.

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Tour de France winner Chris Froome and US Open champion Justin Rose have also made the cut, while Gareth Bale's dazzling performances for Tottenham have earned him a somewhat fortuitous inclusion.

James Anderson's 22-wicket haul in the summer Ashes series has merited a nomination and Ronnie O'Sullivan's virtuoso comeback at the Crucible has granted him a spot on the shortlist.

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The winner will be revealed on Sunday 15 December in Leeds.

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JAMES ANDERSON

Starred in England's summer Ashes win, taking 22 wickets including a 10-wicket haul in the first Test at Trent Bridge, as well as becoming his nation's all-time leading ODI wicket-taker.

GARETH BALE

Was barely out of the news in a year which saw him sweep the board of Footballer of the Year awards for his dazzling displays for Tottenham, before his world record £85million move to Real Madrid.

MO FARAH

Farah continued where he left off in 2012 by winning both 5,000m and 10,000m world titles in Moscow, as well as breaking Steve Cram's 28-year-old British 1,500m record in Monaco in July.

CHRIS FROOME

May lack the broader public profile afforded his Great Britain team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins but proved equally adept on two wheels by succeeding Wiggins as winner of the Tour de France.

BECKY JAMES

Having missed out on a place at the London 2012 Olympics, the then 20-year-old James came of age at the World Championships in Minsk by claiming double gold in the sprint and keirin.

TONY McCOY

The 2010 winner enjoyed another dominant year in the saddle, culminating in sealing his 4,000th career winner when his mount Mountain Tunes won at Towcester in early November.

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McCoy celebrates his 4,000th win earlier this month

ANDY MURRAY

Ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon title when he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Centre Court, having also previously lost in the Australian Open final to Djokovic.

CHRISTINE OHURUOGU

Ohuruogu bounced back from the disappointment of her silver medal in London by winning her second 400m world title in Moscow, pipping Amantle Montsho by the narrowest of margins.

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN

Having sat out the majority of the season, the irrepressible O'Sullivan returned to the Crucible and won his fifth world snooker title with an 18-12 victory over Barry Hawkins.

JUSTIN ROSE

Finally made good on his early career promise by winning the US Open at Merion, overhauling Phil Mickelson to become the first British winner of the event in 43 years.