Who have the public decided are the hits and misses of the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist?

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The Sports Personality of the Year shortlist has been released and - as is ever the case - it's thrown up some contentious debate.

We took a look at the reaction on social media, to decide who the public believe was unfairly missed off from this year's list - as well as some of their big hits too.

The misses

Chris Froome

Chris Froome
(John Walton/PA)

Many have questioned how cyclist Chris Froome failed to make the 16 person cut.

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua
(Tim Ireland/AP)

Meanwhile heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua's omission has also been met with derision and confusion.

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
(Altaf Qadri/AP)

Prolific England batsman Jonny Bairstow's non-appearance also didn't go unnoticed.


Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Some think this year's Olympic silver-medallist in the heptathlon needed another shot at winning the prize she has come in the top three for four times - after she retired earlier this year.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor
(Isaac Brekken/AP)

Conor McGregor this year became the first person ever to hold titles in two weight categories simultaneously in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

However despite many bemoaning his omission, as an Irishman born in Dublin McGregor is ineligible as he is not from the UK - but he could still come out with the BBC's overseas award.

Any rugby players

Mauro Itoje
(Adam Davy/PA)

After a phenomenal year for England's rugby union team - they are unbeaten since new coach Eddie Jones' arrival and won a Six Nations grand slam - some questioned how the sport was overlooked. 22-year-old flanker Maro Itoje is one of the names the public suggested.

The hits

Alistair Brownlee

Alistair Brownlee
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Many believe Brownlee should win for the personality he showed carrying his brother Jonny over the line at the World Triathlon Series earlier this year.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray
(Steve Paston/PA)

The name on many people's lips as their top tip for the award is Andy Murray - and he's the bookie's favourite too.

Already a two-time winner, the Scot has excelled this year to the top of his sport, finishing as tennis number one - and with titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the ATP World Tour Finals to boot.

But even Murray's inclusion raised questions...