A new favourite has emerged to win BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. English footballer Harry Kane has jumped in the running and is now being quoted at 15/8 by William Hill. The previous leader, cyclist and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, is now second favourite at 9/4.
Lewis Hamilton remains in third place at 9/2, with Tyson Fury rounding out the favourites at 5/1. Hamilton secured his fifth Formula One world championship earlier in the year, though this spectacular achievement has perhaps aroused less public excitement than might have been expected.
First awarded in 1954, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is given to the sportsperson judged by public vote to have achieved the most in the preceding 12 months. Many of Britain’s most illustrious sporting figures have won the title, including Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Paula Radcliffe.
Kane Boosted by Greatest Sporting Moment Voting
The British public are also voting on the Greatest Sporting Moment of the year. Currently out front, and being quoted at evens, is England’s penalty shootout win against Colombia in this year’s World Cup competition. Second is Tyson Fury’s remarkable performance against Deontay Wilder in the heavyweight title fight earlier this month.
This reminder of the England team’s heroics has perhaps led to the increased backing of Harry Kane. As highest scorer in this year’s World Cup he became only the second English player to ever win the Golden Boot. Kane currently sits second in the list of Premier League top scorers this season, with 9 goals.