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BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award betting odds: Complete betting guide to SPOTY 2017

The shortlist has been announced and the 2017 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year winner will be announced at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on Sunday, December 17. But who will win it? Read on for a full rundown of the runners-and-riders and their odds.

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Betting Odds

Anthony Joshua is as short as 1/9 to win this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year with Lewis Hamilton the 6/1 second favourite at William Hill.

While it may seem a longshot for anyone to trump Joshua and claim this year’s prize, two of the last six favourites have been defeated with Rory McIlroy 2/5 to win it in 2014, beaten by Hamilton, and Darren Clarke in 2011, who was beaten by Mark Cavendish when he was 1/5.

“AJ is such a short priced favourite but we have seen upsets in SPOTY before,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told
“It would appear, however, that Lewis Hamilton is the only one who can stop him from getting his hands on the coveted trophy given the controversy surrounding former third favourite Chris Froome currently.”

BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Shortlist

Anthony Joshua @ 1/9 William Hill

Anthony Joshua. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Boxing star Anthony Joshua has been the bookmakers’ pick to win this award ever since the historic night at Wembley Stadium when he stopped the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000. Joshua then attracted over 70,000 fans to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as he made another successful defence of his world heavyweight titles in October.

Lewis Hamilton @ 7/1 William Hill

Lewis Hamilton. (Photo by Jean Michel Le Meur - Pool/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton – the 2014 Sports Personality Of The Year – became the most successful British driver in the history of Formula 1 in 2017 as he was crowned world champion for the fourth time in his career. He also broke F1 icon Michael Schumacher’s record for career pole positions, eclipsing the previous mark of 68 and then setting the new bar at 72 before the season came to an end.

Chris Froome @ 40/1 William Hill

Chris Froome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It was another history year for cycling ace Chris Froome. Not only did he become the first British rider to ever win the Vuelta a Espana, he also won the Tour de France for the fourth time in his career. And in winning both of those races, he became only the third cyclist in history to do the Tour de France/Vuelta a Espana double in the same year. And to cap off a successful year, Froome picked up a couple of bronze medals at the World Championships in September.

Mo Farah @ 25/1 William Hill

Mo Farah. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Mo Farah continued his dominance over 10,000m by completing a hat-trick of World Championship successes in August, but he was unable to win a fourth straight world 5,000m crown in London, settling for silver, and that is the big reason the 34-year-old’s odds are so long. However, his exploits on athletics track did earn him a Knighthood from the Queen in November. 

Harry Kane @ 40/1 William Hill

Harry Kane. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second season running in May, thanks to a late flurry, and he also netted some crucial goals for England as the national team secured their place at next summer’s World Cup. Kane was also the only English player to be shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

Jonathan Rea @ 40/1 William Hill

Jonathan Rea. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Jonathan Rea wrote his name in the World Superbikes record books as he was crowned champion for the third straight season, wrapping up the crown with five races left on the schedule. He also smashed the record for most points scored in a season and he is now just five race wins off equalling the legendary Carl Fogarty’s record for race wins. His exploits on the boke earned him an MBA in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Jonnie Peacock @ 100/1 William Hill

Jonnie Peacock. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jonnie Peacock will be best known to many for his performances on the recent series of Strictly Come Dancing, but away from the dance floor the 24-year-old shone on the athletics track in 2017. Peacock, who had his right leg amputated below the knee as a child, successfully retained his T44 100m world title at the World Para-athletics Championships despite suffering cramp in the warm-up.

Adam Peaty @ 100/1 William Hill

Adam Peaty. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

2017 was a year swimming start Adam Peaty will never forget. Not only did he successfully retain his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles at the World Aquatic Championships, the 22-year-old managed to break his own world record twice in one day in Budapest, Hungary.

Anya Shrubsole @ 125/1 William Hill

Anya Shrubsole. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Anya Shrubsole took five wickets in 19 balls and claimed 6-46 as she played a starring role in England Women’s Cricket World Cup Final win over India in July. And not only did that performance earn he the Player Of The Match award, she also become the first female cricketer to win the Spirit Of Cricket award for consoling an opposition player before celebrating England’s semi-final victory. 

Bianca Walkden @ 250/1 William Hill

Bianca Walkden. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bianca Walkden enjoyed another highly successful year in the world of taekwondo. Not only did she wrap up her fourth successive global title by winning heavyweight gold at the World Championships, she also became the first British fighter to win back-to-back world gold medals. And to cap off a memorable year in which she lost just once, Walkden also won Grand Prix competitions.

Elise Christie @ 250/1 William Hill

Elise Christie. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

2017 was the year in which short track speed skater Elise Christie became a triple world champion, putting her 2014 Winter Olympics disappointment firmly behind her. The 27-year-old won 1,000m, 1,500m and overall titles at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and also came away with a bronze medal in the 3,000m. Those exploits, along with a World Cup win in South Korea, earned Christie the Sunday Times Sportswoman Of The Year award.

Johanna Konta @ 250/1 William Hill

Johanna Konta. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Johanna Konta cemented her status as Britain’s top female tennis player by storming up the rankings this year. The Australian-born Brit hit the heady heights of number four in the WTA rankings and claimed the Miami Open title as part of a highly successful 2017 campaign, and she also became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals for almost 40 years.

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