The BBC Sports Personality of the Year is the main award handed out during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony which happens every December. The award is given to the British sports personality who has achieved the most during a particular year. The winner is determined by a public vote from a predetermined shortlist.
Last year’s winner was cyclist Geraint Thomas who won the 2019 Tour de France. Thomas is among the Top 6 favorites again this year but he isn’t the sportsperson on top of the list.
Here are the latest odds to win the 2019 BBC British Sports Personality of the Year. Odds were taken from TitanBet as of 7/24/19:
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Ben Stokes has emerged as the favorite to win the SPOTY this year after England’s win at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Stokes was the man of the match in the finale that saw England win their first-ever Cricket World Cup, The Final was tied and taken to a super over but despite looking tired after an unbeaten 84, Stokes gathered enough strength to come out of the crease and score eight of the 15 runs scored by England in the super over. After New Zealand could only score the equivalent, England got the win as they registered more boundaries during their innings.
Lewis Hamilton was the SPOTY winner in 2014. The five-time Formula One world champion is currently having a spectacular season. Hamilton currently leads the driver’s standings and is on pace to win his sixth world title which would put him within one of the record 7 set by the legendary Michael Schumacher. In 10 races so far in the 2019 Formula One season, he has won seven races and placed second in two others. Hamilton and team Mercedes are off to one of the most dominant starts by any driver and team in Formula One history.
Dina Asher-Smith is the 2016 and 2018 European champion at 200m. She set the British record for the 100m and 200m last year at 10.85 secs and 21.89 secs, respectively. At the 2018 European World championships, she not only defended her 200m title but also won the 100m and was part of the 4X100m relay. She also won the bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth games and the gold at the 4x100m relay. This year, Asher-Smith has not finished outside the podium in six 100m and 200m Diamond League meets.
Joe Root is Ben Stokes’ teammate on the England team which won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Root had an excellent start to is 2019 World Cup campaign as he scored centuries against Pakistan and the West Indies and three fifties in his first six games played. Root finished as the 5th highest run-scorer in the World Cup with 556 runs from 11 innings. According to the ICC, Root was the glue that held England’s batting together throughout the tournament.
Raheem Sterling signed with Premier League team Manchester City in 2015 for a transfer fee of £49 million, the most ever paid for any English football player. He went on to lead them to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Sterling was named as 2019 FWA Footballer of the Year, 2019 PFA Young Player of the Year and 2019 PFA Team of the Year. He was also the recipient of the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards: 2019 Sportsman of the Year.
Ben Stokes and Joe Root are the obvious top choices here with England coming off their first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup win. Both cricketers were key in England’s win so it is obvious that they are on top of the conversation right now. But Stokes and Root have to prepare for the Ashes in August and a win there by the Brits should cement their status as favorites to win the award.
However, Lewis Hamilton is quietly dominating the Formula One season as we’ve never seen before. Hamilton is on top of the Drivers Standings right now and is in a good position to win his sixth driver’s championship. Hamilton has won seven out of the first 10 races of the season and if he continues this kind of driving, we could be seeing an unprecedented dominance from him and Mercedes. That said, a win would also make Hamilton a solid pick here.
When I look at the current picture, The fate of Stokes and Root will be decided most probably after the Ashes. As for Hamilton, the Formula One season is still far from being finished but Hamilton is pulling away from the pack ( as if he’s not yet done so ) quickly that he may seal the driver’s title with some races to spare. I like how Hamilton is dominating so barring anything major, I think he’s going to win a sixth title. And a second SPOTY as well. Prediction: Lewis Hamilton