Male Athlete of the Year - 2017 Finalists
Scotland's male athletes have made headlines in 2017 at sporting events around the globe. From a long list of nominations and public votes, our judges have narrowed it down to just three finalists - each worthy of taking the title of Male Athlete of the Year.
The winner will be crowned at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards on 21 September 2017.
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Awarded to the Scottish male athlete whose achievements represent excellence in sport at the highest level. Performances in their sport’s ‘pinnacle events’ (e.g. Olympics, Paralympics, World or European Cup or Championships), records broken and the inspirational impact of their achievement have been taken into consideration by our judges.
Callum Hawkins - Athletics
Individual bronze and team gold medallist at the European Cross Country Championships in December, Callum started 2017 by becoming the first British athlete to beat Mo Farah for seven years when finishing second at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country.
He continued a rich vein of form, setting a new Scottish Half Marathon record in Japan in February. At the World Championships in London in August he put in the run of his life to take 4th in the Marathon, equalling the best result ever by a British athlete.
Andy Murray - Tennis
Andy capped on outstanding 2016 by reaching the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in November, where he defeated Novak Djokovic to become World No.1, a ranking he held until mid-August 2017.
Named by the International Tennis Federation as 2016 Men’s World Champion, Andy had an injury hit start to 2017 but regained his form when reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Duncan Scott - Swimming
Winner of Young Athlete of the Year in 2015, Duncan has gone from strength to strength in the senior ranks, coming away as a double 2017 World Championship medallist.
He took a sensational gold alongside fellow Scot Stephen Milne and GB team mates Nick Grainger and James Guy in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay before going on to add a silver as part of the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet.
Josh Taylor - Boxing
With ten wins from ten since turning professional in 2015, Josh lifted the Commonwealth super-lightweight title in October 2016, defeating England’s Dave Ryan with a fifth round stoppage. He put on another brilliant display against South African Warren Joubert in March to retain the title with the referee stepping in to end the contest in round six.
Josh followed up with a superb defence of his title against England’s Ohara Davies in July, adding the WBC Silver Belt to his list of accolades.