Tonight sees the focus back on Glasgow as the SSE Hydro plays host to the BBC’s 2014 Sports Personality of the Year awards, with a trio of Team England stars bidding to end the year on a high.

Max Whitlock, Jo Pavey and Adam Peaty were all part of Team England’s most successful Commonwealth Games ever this summer, helping the nation finish top of the medal table for the first time since 1986.

And with their achievements set to be recognised tonight after being named among the ten contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, we take a look back at their successes over the last 12 months.


Gymnast Max Whitlock has been a regular visitor to the medal rostrum this year with a series of impressive performances at the very highest level.

The 21-year-old’s hectic summer of competing began back in May when he helped Great Britain to team silver at the European Championships as well as upgrading his pommel horse bronze from the previous year to a gold.

Attention then switched to Team England duties in Glasgow, with Whitlock making sure to improve on the three medals he won at Delhi 2010 with no fewer than five podium finishes.

These included gold in the team event and individual success in the all-around and floor as well as pommel horse silver and bronze in the parallel bars.

He was not done there though, adding all-around silver to his collection at the World Championships in Nanning, China.

It equalled the best all-around finish by a Briton at world level with the medal representing the team’s only piece of silverware at the Championships.


Long distance runner Jo Pavey proved age was just a number this year as she picked up Commonwealth bronze and European gold in the space of a fortnight this summer.

The 41-year-old only returned to the track in May, eight months after giving birth to her second child, and sent out a signal of intent with victory in the 10,000m at the British Championships.

Pavey’s first Commonwealth Games appearance came at Manchester 2002 before she picked up silver in the 5,000m four years later in Melbourne.

And she was adding to that collection in Glasgow, battling to a superb bronze over the same distance on the last night of athletics at Hampden Park.

Further success would follow just ten days later as, at the age of 40 years and 325 days, she became the oldest-ever female European champion with victory in the 10,000m.

Such efforts also saw her recently named the Sports Journalists Association’s Sportswoman of the year as well as British Athletics Athlete of the Year.


2014 will go down as the year swimmer Adam Peaty established himself on the world stage with medals galore at both Commonwealth, European and World level.

It all started at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow with Commonwealth Games debutant Peaty bagging himself a hat-trick of medals.

Golds would come in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m relay medley while he also took silver in the 50m breaststroke.

And the 19-year-old made sure to carry that form into the European Championships, taking home gold in four different disciplines as well as claiming a world record in the 50m breaststroke along the way.

A further three silvers – in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 4x50m mixed medley relay – at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha would also follow earlier this month as Peaty ended his year in impressive style.

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