Cycling superstar Bradley Wiggins is the favourite with the bookmakers to lift this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Wiggins triumphed in the Tour de France, becoming the first British rider to win the Tour, and then rode to Olympic glory in the time-trial in London ten days later to top off a sparkling summer for him.
It has been a vintage year for British sport and there are plenty of worthy contenders in the 12-strong shortlist which the BBC announced this week.
11 of the 12 shortlisted sports people won gold in London at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, with golf’s world number one, Rory McIlroy, the odd one out. It’s great to see three Paralympic athletes recognised for their fantastic achievements too, showing that in the UK we are taking Paralympic sport seriously, and all three are strong contenders to win this award.
On top of Olympic glory, Andy Murray also became the first British male since 1936 to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament as he triumphed at the US Open. It’s such a strong list of contenders, that you can make a claim for any of them to be worthy of winning the title. But it appears that Wiggins is who the money is going on.
Betfred spokesman Mark Pearson said: “It’s been quite an unbelievable year of sport but Bradley Wiggins is the punters’ choice to ride off with the award. Not only was he the first Brit to win the Tour de France, just 10 days later he stormed to another Olympic gold.”
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