Sports Personality of the Year 2021 date, start time, nominees and odds

Everything you need to know about the BBC's big ceremony.


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It’s that time of the year when thousands of people fail to understand that the title Sports Personality of the Year should not be taken literally.

No matter who scoops this year’s gong, it’s a sure-fire bet that yer da will be moaning on Facebook that the winner has no personality at all.


US Open champion Emma Raducanu is the favourite with Paddy Power after the BBC announced the six-person shortlist, which sparked controversy after last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton – fresh from that dramatic F1 season finale – was snubbed.

The 68th edition of the BBC awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, December 19 from 6.45pm and you can swot up on the nominees and odds below.

Tom Daley

The nation’s favourite diver finally claimed that long-awaited Olympic gold medal at his fourth Games when partnering Matty Lee to victory in the synchronised 10m platform.

Daley, 27, also won bronze in the men’s 10m platform to take his tally of Olympic medals to four.

Tyson Fury

The Gypsy King once again threatened to sue the BBC if he was named on the shortlist yet finds himself among the nominees after defending his WBC heavyweight title in October’s trilogy thriller against Deontay Wilder.

One of the biggest names in the sporting world, Fury, 33, finished outside the top three in last year’s vote but his latest bout with Wilder is fresh in the memory this time around.

Adam Peaty

Could the Strictly star being cha-cha-cha-ing away with the gong? The breaststroke machine cemented his legacy as one of the all-time greats in the pool when becoming the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title.

Peaty, 26, scored Team GB’s first gold of the 2020 Games in the 100m breaststroke before bagging a second in the mixed 4 × 100 metre medley relay.

Emma Raducanu

The heavy favourite to ace her way to SPOTY glory, the US Open heroine became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era in August.

The 19-year-old’s incredible triumph came weeks after a cracking run to the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Raheem Sterling

The Manchester City forward was England’s summer hero as Gareth Southgate’s squad reached the Euro 2020 final.

Sterling, 27, bagged three goals to earn himself a place in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament.

Sarah Storey

Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian in history, the cycling queen bagged golds in the C4-5 road race, individual track pursuit and time trial.

Storey, 44, has won 28 Paralympic medals in total and her gold tally stands at 17 since making her debut in Barcelona 1992 as a 14-year-old swimmer.


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