SPOTY 2017 Contenders

SPOTY 2017 Contenders

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The 2017 Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony will be held in Liverpool this year on 17th December. As another sporting year comes to a close, talk has started as to who would be a deserving winner of this prestigious award.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “2017 marks a very exciting year of sport, from England winning the Six Nations to Chelsea winning the Premier League, Arsenal scooping the FA Cup at Wembley to Anthony Joshua’s nail-biting fight against Wladimir Klitschko.”

We’ve had a look at the runners and riders in the betting this year with odds courtesy of SkyBet.

Anthony Joshua – 1/3

The IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight champion heads the list of SPOTY contenders after his ‘Fight of the Year’ against Wladimir Klitschko and dramatic defence against Frenchman Carlos Takam in October.

Anthony Joshua’s popularity continues to grow, selling out Wembley Stadium (90,000) and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff (78,000) during 2017.

It’s hard to see past AJ winning the award however after another successful year for British athletes, he does face some strong competition.

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Lewis Hamilton – 6/1

Lewis Hamilton is the second favourite to be named 2017 SPOTY after winning his fourth world championship, and third in the last four seasons. The 32-year-old is now third in the all-time list of F1 world champions, 3 behind Michael Schumacher.

“He’s one of the greats. He was pretty good before,” said Ross Brawn, who is F1’s managing director for sporting matters and was team principal when Hamilton joined Mercedes nearly five years ago.

It’s hard to ignore Hamilton’s success on the track however his connection with non-F1 fans in comparison to Anthony Joshua is likely to be the difference between the two superstars when it comes to SPOTY voting.

Chris Froome – 10/1

Another man linked with the award this year is Chris Froome. It took 110 years for the first Briton to win a Tour de France, so you would think the man who wins four of the next five would be seen as a British great and be the favourite for SPOTY 2017. Froome, who was born in Kenya, is likely to have been hindered by the negative press surrounding cycling since the Lance Armstrong controversy, which has resulted in a lack of trust in the sport.

Froome didn’t even feature in the shortlist for last year’s award, so despite another impressive year for the cyclist, it’s extremely unlikely he’ll pick up the award this year.

Mo Farah – 14/1 

It’s been a big year for Mo Farah after calling time on his track career. The 34-year-old also won a third consecutive gold in the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships at London Stadium. However, it’s not all been positive for Farah, who has now split with coach Alberto Salazar. Salazar is currently being investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) after BBC’s Panorama made allegations about drugs use at his US training base.

Jermain Defoe – 16/1

What a class act. The former Sunderland player has been suggested for a nomination because of his friendship with Bradley Lowery, six, who lost his brave fight against cancer. This year Defoe proved that it doesn’t necessarily matter what happens on the pitch as there are more important things in the world than kicking a ball around.

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England’s Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring is sides opening goal during the World Cup Qualifying match at Wembley Stadium.

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