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SPOTY bettingWho wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

One of the most coveted prizes in British sport is once again up for grabs, with the 2021 Sports Personality of the Year Award set to be handed out in Salford on 19th December.

It’s been another gripping year for Britain’s sporting stars, with Team GB’s Olympians and Paralympians putting in another stellar showing in Tokyo, and Emma Raducanu transforming British tennis with her extraordinary run to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Here’s our look at seven of the main runners and riders to be named Sports Personality of the Year as we look back on a stunning 12 months of high-class achievement…

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Raducanu starts out as the red-hot favourite to cap off her astonishing breakthrough year by slotting in the SPOTY statuette alongside her US Open trophy in her trophy cabinet.

Can anybody stop the new queen of British tennis from taking the crown?

EMMA RADUCANU 🎾

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 3/50

WHY WILL SHE WIN?

How can you not reward a fairytale sporting rise that would seem too far-fetched even in a Hollywood script?

A relative nobody (on the world stage, at least) prior to the US Open, Raducanu raced through an intense qualifying process and seven rounds of Grand Slam tennis without even dropping a set.

Perhaps even more impressively, she looked like she enjoyed every single moment of it, betraying no signs of feeling any pressure as she secured her first Slam in New York.

Her rapid rise is one of those ‘once-in-a-generation’ sporting triumphs – an achievement that was about as likely a Leicester winning the Premier League back in 2015 when she flew into the Big Apple.  

It would be an incredible turn of events if she isn’t the final SPOTY nominee receiving a standing ovation by the end of this year’s ceremony. 

WHY WON’T SHE WIN?

The danger of voter complacency could be the only thing that rips up the script.

Her victory has looked inevitable ever since her remarkable rise to the top of women’s tennis back in August, but it’s votes on the night that will count, and this competition has form for occasionally thrown up an unconventional winner when everyone assumes the contest is a done deal.

Zara Phillips beating Darren Clarke in 2006, anyone?

A recent dip in form in the wake of that victory might also be a small black mark against her chances, too, but it seems unlikely that will cancel out the ongoing feelgood factor around her win.

TOM DALEY 🥇

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 7/1

WHY WILL HE WIN?

The clue’s sometimes in the name with this award.

If this comes down to a personality contest, the camera-friendly Daley has the winning charm to potentially snatch this award from Raducanu’s clutches.

He’s also got the narrative that would see him storm to victory in any other year too, after finally ending his long wait for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

It’s easy to forgot sometimes he’s still a relative spring chicken at 27,  but voters could be swayed to reward Daley on a ‘lifetime achievement’ basis having followed the ups and downs of his journey in diving from his teenage years all the way through to that long-coveted winning moment in Japan.

WHY WON’T HE WIN?

The split vote factor that can often crop up in Olympic year.

Everyone will have their own personal highlight from Tokyo, which could make it hard for voters to coalesce behind just one star from this summer’s games if several make it onto the final shortlist.

The timing could also count against him, too, with both Raducanu and Tyson Fury’s successes likely to be fresher in voter’s minds.

LEWIS HAMILTON 🏎

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 33/1

WHY WILL HE WIN?

F1 fans are a fanatical bunch. Expect their vote to congregate behind their man in a bid to help him draw level with Sir Andy Murray as a three-time winner.

Even in years where he hasn’t won the main prize, Hamilton has gone close. He’s had the most ‘place’ finishes in the history of the award, finishing in the top three six times.

The seven-time world champion also managed to produce one of the most thrilling drives of his entire career during the 2021 season, snatching victory in the Brazil Grand Prix against Max Verstappen despite having to make up 25 places across the weekend.

WHY WON’T HE WIN?

The familiarity factor. He’s already won this award in 2014 and 2020, and this award does to get shared around, with Murray the only sportsperson in the history of this competition to win it three times.

This could also be the F1 season where he finally goes home empty-handed, with fierce rival Verstappen still primed at the time of writing to take the Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton has probably had more commanding seasons to be in genuine contention to take this trophy.

ADAM PEATY 🏊‍♂️

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 33/1

WHY WILL HE WIN?

He’s the medal-winning machine who always helps to calm Team GB nerves in what can be a slow first week of the games. Peaty is that rarest of British athletes – one who pretty much never lets you down when he’s lining up in a major final.

He’s also become much wider known to the British public thanks to his exploits on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, although he might just fare better in this contest than on the ballroom floor.

The swimmer was forced to settle for a ninth-place finish after his footwork outside of the pool failed to convince.

WHY WON’T HE WIN?

At 26, and with no sign his recent sabbatical from the pool will be for the long term, his time could still yet come.

Peaty’s best shot could come in Paris if he carries his medal-winning haul into a third successive games, breaking even more records along the way.

DAME SARAH STOREY 🚴‍♀️

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 40/1

WHY WILL SHE WIN?

She’s now Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian having won a massive 28-medal haul across eight Paralympics – 17 of those gold.

To cap that off, she’s achieved that feat across two completely different disciplines, switching from swimming to cycling at Beijing 2008.

Storey isn’t slowing down either, even as she reaches her mid-forties. The Manchester-born star smashed her own world record by four seconds while qualifying for the Tokyo games, continuing her dominance in the individual pursuit C5 category.

WHY WON’T SHE WIN?

The sheer level of competition this year means her record-breaking achievement this year may get overlooked given she’s been a fixture at multiple Paralympics since the early nineties.

Her remarkable consistency means her medal-winning success has almost become a given at the games, which could mean her story might lack the fresh narrative required to connect with voters on the night.

A place finish may not be out the question, with this an opportune moment for her long-term contribution in raising the profile of Paralympic sport to be marked accordingly.

JONATHAN REA 🏍

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 100/1

WHY WILL HE WIN?

He’s a class apart in his field. And a proven world-class winner.

Six times in fact.

Rea became the first man in World Superbike Championship history to rack up a half dozen of championships last season.

The 34-year-old also has a dedicated following which could land him a shot at the ‘places’ in this contest.

He’ll have the patriotic vote as the only Northern Irishman likely to be on this year’s shortlist and scooped a surprise second in this contest back in 2017 which suggests he could have a committed voting bloc in play on the evening.

WHY WON’T HE WIN?

Outside the devoted Superbike community, he remains a relative unknown amongst the broader public despite his record-breaking achievements

It’s also never ideal to be representing a niche sport at SPOTY during an Olympic year when even the most eye-catching achievements can get lost under the sheer weight of the Team GB factor.

Much could depend on how much airtime he gets afforded on the night itself.

TYSON FURY 🥊

LATEST SPOTY ODDS: 100/1

WHY WILL HE WIN?

Fury is charisma personified, whether you love him or hate him. Most Brits are now firmly in the former camp after he underlined his credentials as one of the greatest living boxers with his trilogy-ending victory over Deontay Wilder in October.

He’s also repeatedly said he doesn’t want to win – even getting his lawyers involved in the wake of previous nominations.

That means there’s always a chance that could spark the mischievous Great British public into action if they want to inject some drama into a night that looks destined for a predictable outcome.

Will a Tyson Fury win be this year’s Boaty McBoatface?

 
WHY WON’T HE WIN?

The marmite factor, again.

While Fury’s brilliance as a boxer is no longer up for discussion after once again dispatching Deontay Wilder, his blunt way with words won’t be to every Sunday night voter’s liking.

Not that he’ll care, anyway.

He probably won’t show up, after all…

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