F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton is our big favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year for 2020 after another glittering season which saw him pick up the world title and smash multiple records. The 35-year old went level with the great Michael Schumacher on seven world titles and passed the German legend’s haul of 91 race wins to become the man with the most F1 race victories in history with 95.
The Stevenage speedster is odds-on after Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford, the previous big favourite, was not included on the six-candidate shortlist and instead will be honoured with a separate award to celebrate his efforts to end child poverty. We also issued a Justice Refund to all punters who backed Rashford to win.
Trailing some way behind Hamilton in the betting is snooker God Ronnie O’Sullivan. The mercurial 44-year old also enjoyed a successful 2020, picking up his 6th World title, becoming the oldest winner in over four decades. Often overlooked, this year’s nomination is surprisingly his first shortlisting for the Sports Personality Of The Year award in his 28-year career.
Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is next up after his demolition of the ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder back at the start of the year. That triumph marked a stunning comeback for The Gypsy King in his battle with depression and drugs, making him a two-time heavyweight champion in the process as he won the vacant WBC title in devastating style.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is our fourth favourite for the award after showing remarkable leadership qualities in captaining the Kop to their first-ever Premier League crown.
Britain’s most successful female jockey Hollie Doyle could cap a great 2020 with another win and England bowler Stuart Broad rounds off the betting for us after passing 500 Test wickets, averaging just over 10 with the ball in a year where he moved up to 7th on the all-time list of worldwide wicket-takers.
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