Irish Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore takes on Max Verstappen on BBC World Sports Star finalists list



Grand National winner Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore is shortlisted for the BBC’s World Sports Star award.

he became the first woman to win the race in April, having also been the first woman to win the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle the previous month.

Formula 1 title contender Max Verstappen is also on the World Sports Star shortlist.

The Dutchman is tied with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings ahead of the final race of the F1 season next weekend in Abu Dhabi, after a dramatic run in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The pair collided on lap 37 with Hamilton winning the race.

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Formula 1 title contender Max Verstappen is on the shortlist for the BBCs World Sports Star award. The Dutchman is tied with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings ahead of the final race of the F1 season next weekend in Abu Dhabi, after a dramatic run in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Photo credit: Tim Goode / PA Wire.

Formula 1 title contender Max Verstappen is on the shortlist for the BBCs World Sports Star award. The Dutchman is tied with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings ahead of the final race of the F1 season next weekend in Abu Dhabi, after a dramatic run in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Photo credit: Tim Goode / PA Wire.

The Briton, who aims to eclipse Michael Schumacher by winning a record-breaking eighth title this weekend, is expected to be shortlisted for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

Boxer Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is on the list after his victory over Caleb Plant last month made him the undisputed first world super middleweight champion.

He is joined by NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who won a record-breaking seventh Super Bowl helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs. He also became the oldest man to feature in the flagship game, aged 43 and 188 days.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic was also shortlisted after winning three of the four men’s Grand Slam titles.

The Serb has triumphed at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon to win 20 career Grand Slam titles.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah completes the list after winning three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

She won the individual 100m and 200m and was part of the Jamaican team that triumphed in the 4x100m relay.

Voting opens Monday and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14.


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