2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Nominees 🏆

2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Nominees 🏆

2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Nominees 🏆

 

This coming Sunday 17 December ‘BBC sports personality of the year 2017’ will be announced from the Echo Arena, Liverpool. The award is presented to the sports man or woman who has most captured the publics imagination through out the year. Last years winner was Andy Murray who was presented the award for the third time after he won Wimbledon for the second time, defended his Olympic singles title and replaced Novak Djokovic as world number one.

An expert Panel has shortlisted 12 contenders for the award this year. (Listed below)

Elise Christie (Short Track Speed Skating) / Mo Farah (Athletics) / Chris Froome (Cycling) / Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) / Anthony Joshua (Boxing) / Harry Kane (Football) / Johanna Konta (Tennis) / Jonnie Peacock (Para-athletics) / Adam Peaty (Swimming) / Jonathan Rea (Motorcycling) / Anya Shrubsole (Cricket) / Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo)

Here’s why the top 5 (listed by odds) are nominated for the award this year:

🥊 Anthony Joshua – 1/7

 

Anthony Joshua is currently strong favourite to win this years award after an extremely successful year including his impressive win over two-time heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko. The fight took place on 29 April 2017 and went on for a gripping 11 rounds before it was stopped and Joshua was pronounced winner by TKO.

In addition to this he also defended his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles this year when he fought Carlos Takam on Saturday October 28th in Cardiff. Joshua managed to stop him in the 10th round again by TKO despite breaking his nose inside the second round.

This is Joshua’s first nomination for Sports personality for the year and no boxer has won it for the last decade since Joe Calzaghe in 2007.

🏎 Lewis Hamilton 7/1

 

Lewis Hamilton is now the most successful British competitor in Formula 1 after winning his fourth world title this year after a nail biting finish at the Mexican Grand Prix in October. He also now tied in 3rd place with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost for the most titles of all-time. Furthermore he also broke Michael Schumacher’s (68) record number of pole positions this year with 72 additionally he has 62 race wins from 208 entries which equals win percentage of 29.81% which is the 6th highest of all time.

Lewis has been entered into this award four times now and even managed to win it in 2014 after winning the World Championship after his final race in Abu Dhabi.

 

🏃🏾 Mo Farah 33/1

 

Mo Farah has had another successful year most notably winning the 10,000 metre gold medal in London earlier this August for the third consecutive year, he also picking up a 5,000 metre silver medal at the world championship. This year he received a knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in November describing the moment as “incredible”.

He decided to retire from track racing this year so he could focus on his road races instead. Mo has never won ‘Sports Personality’ before coming closest in 2011 where he came third.

 

🚴🏻 Chris Froome 33/1

 

Chris Froome won his fourth Tour de France world title this year and also went on to claim the overall victory in the Vuelta a España. Froome one of only five riders to have ever claimed four or more Tour titles and on of just three that have claimed the Tour and Vuelta in the same calendar year! In addition to this impressive feat Chris has also managed to pick up two bronze medals at the World Championships this September for both the individual and team time trials.

He has been nominated for this award twice in the past finishing 6th both times. Could this be his year?

 

⚽️ Harry Kane 40/1

Finally Harry Kane is 5th favourite for the award after having another fantastic season with Tottenham Hotspur scoring 29 goals and winning the ‘Golden Boot’ for the second year running after being the leagues top goal scorer for both years,

Kane was the the only English player to be short listed for the Ballon d’Or along with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has scored six hat-tricks in 2017 alone and his team team Tottenham Hotspur currently sit in 4th position on the league table.

He has also been a key part of the England squad this year helping them to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and captained the team for the first time against Scotland.

This is his first nomination for ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ and at the age of 24 I doubt it will be his last.

 

(Odds from Coral – correct from 14/12/17)