A closer look at the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year contenders

The six-person shortlist for the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has been revealed.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at the nominees.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes, left, played a key role in England's World Cup win
Ben Stokes, left, played a key role in England's World Cup win

The inclusion of the all-rounder will come as a surprise to no-one after he played a starring role in England’s Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil before producing another impressive display in the third Ashes Test at Headingley to help salvage a series draw. A superb one-handed catch against South Africa in the World Cup opener set the tone for a memorable summer to come but it was his knock of 84 not out in the final and subsequent performance in the super over that earned him hero status.

Dina Asher-Smith

The 23-year-old made history at this year’s World Championships in Doha as she became the first British woman to win a global sprint title on her way to claiming a hat-trick of medals. Her gold medal in the 200m and silvers in the 100m and 4x100m relay made her the first Briton to win three medals at a World Championships.

Raheem Sterling

The Manchester City and England forward shone as his club retained their Premier League title in the 2018-19 campaign, contributing 17 goals and 10 assists. Sterling also took home FA Cup and League Cup medals last term as City secured a domestic treble and was a star performer for England.

Alun Wyn Jones

Alun Wyn Jones captained Wales to Grand Slam glory
Alun Wyn Jones captained Wales to Grand Slam glory

The influential captain led Wales to their first Guinness 6 Nations Grand Slam for seven years and was named Player of the Championship. He also became his country’s most-capped player as Wales reached the World Cup semi-finals.

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver claimed his third successive Formula One championship and his sixth in total to close in on Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven. Hamilton is in contention to claim this award for the second time after winning it in 2014.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson won gold in Doha
Katarina Johnson-Thompson won gold in Doha

A spectacular 2019 for the heptathlete saw her win her first senior global outdoor title at the World Championships in Doha, setting set a British record of 6,981 points in the process.