The BBC Sports Personality Award is a prestigious award given to the most successful British sportsperson from the current year. The award show was created in 1954 by Paul Fox and originally featured only one award. However, new categories and prized were introduced each year, with the ceremony currently presenting 8 awards. The BBC Sports Personality Award is considered the premier award for UK athletes who have achieved the most during the year.
The award show started in 1954 when Paul Fox came up with the idea while he was the editor for the Sportsview magazine. The ceremony took place on December 30, 1954, as part of Sportsview, presenting swimmer Anita Lonsbrough with the first trophy. In the following years, the show grew even more popular, awarding athletes who have achieved the most that year a shiny silver-plated camera. As the awards show grew, new categories were added and special awards were given to athletes who have achieved amazing feats in different sports.
The show is held each December at different locations. From 1954 to 2005, the award show was held in different venues in London, when a decision was made to introduce new venues. Since then, the show was held in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities around the UK, with the last show being held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year was won by legendary athletes and teams over the course of its history. Even overseas athletes have won awards for their contribution to sports. The last winner was Sir Mo Farah in 2017 who had a great year in athletics, winning his 3rd consecutive 10,000 m. IAAF gold medal.
This year, Anthony Joshua was the bookie’s favourite for quite a long time before a new challenger appeared – Geraint Thomas. The cyclist is the main favourite for this year’s main award, but he’s closely followed by other great athletes, so winning the prize won’t come easy.
Can Geraint Thomas Score a Surprise Win?
Most of you haven’t heard anything about Geraint Thomas until recently and you’re not to blame. The Welsh cyclist was usually a domestique to Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins, so he wasn’t exactly in the spotlight. However, he’s still a great cyclist who has 3 World Championships and 2 Olympic Gold medals behind his name, as well as a surprising win at the 2018 Tour de France.
Winning the most prestigious race in the world is the reason why Thomas has broken through to the top of the list of main favourites for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. He truly deserves it – the Tour de France is a great challenge, and everyone who wins it deserves recognition. Geraint Thomas wasn’t even in consideration for this year’s award before he won the Tour de France, but has now overtaken Harry Kane and Anthony Joshua, anchoring himself on the top spot.
Betting on Thomas will give you 8 quid for every 5 you invest if you place your bets at Fun88, Ole777, Letou or MansionBet. That’s a good a return as any favourite, so if you think that Thomas will get the silver-plated camera this year, you’d do well to place a bet on him.
Will Harry Kane Bag Another Goal?
Harry Kane has had a great year. He finished runner-up in Premier League goals 2 goals shy of Mohamed Salah, with Tottenham ending the season on the third spot right behind champions Manchester City and their fierce rival Manchester United. He then led the World Cup goalscoring list with 6 strikes during a surprisingly deep England run which saw the Three Lions nearly reach the final. England’s most prolific striker in recent times instils fear in any goalkeeper and fully deserves the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Kane is available at 11/4 at MansionBet, Letou, Fun88, and Ole777 – the odds are great for a football player who has great chances of getting the prized trophy. Kane is the second favourite for the award with only Geraint Thomas in front, but considering the popularity of football over cycling, he might be the one lifting the trophy in the end.
If you think Harry Kane will win the prize, place a reasonable bet on him and you’ll win nearly 4 times your investment – that’s a pretty good deal if you ask us.
Can Lewis Hamilton Win Again?
Lewis Hamilton is F1 champion once again for the second time in a row and fourth time in his career. The British driver is already considered a racing legend and that brings him all the ‘points’ he needs to place 3rd on the list of BBC Sports Personality of the Year award favourites. He trails Harry Kane and Geraint Thomas by a bit, but it’s not that big a difference, and he already has one award behind him (2014), which puts him in pole position for a new win.
Hamilton is being given odds of 4/1 at Fun88, MansionBet, Letou, and Ole777. He’s not that far away from Harry Kane on the second spot and even Thomas on the first. At 11/4, you can win quite a lot of money for a reasonable bet on Hamilton, which is why you need to take him into consideration. He’s a household name and that may prove to be one of the main reasons for his second silver-plated camera.
Where Does Anthony Joshua Stand?
For the better part of this year, Anthony Joshua was the bookie and fan favourite for this year’s award. The heavyweight boxing world champion has dominated his opponents and is widely considered the best active boxer, miles ahead of the competition. Joshua recently defeated one of his greatest opponents by far, Alexander Povetkin, winning the fight with a knockout to retain his titles.
Still, Geraint Thomas’ successful Tour de France overtook Joshua as the favourite, and Harry Kane’s goalscoring feats and Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One dominance have pushed Joshua further down the list. At the moment, the English boxer is available at 25/1 at Ole777, Fun88, Letou, and MansionBet – it’s a pretty heavy drop from the top.
Still, many experts would place Joshua among the top favourites, and he clearly has a knack for knocking out his competition, so overlooking him isn’t a good idea.