A shortlist of six sporting stars have been selected for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award due to take place on Sunday, with Emma Raducanu (1/20 SPOTY Outright) the hot favourite.

Raducanu is joined by Tom Daley, Tyson Fury, Adam Peaty, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey with all six vying to win the coveted prize for their achievements.

Following Lewis Hamilton’s narrow defeat to Max Verstappen in pursuit of an eighth F1 world title, the award appears to be Raducanu’s to lose, with the teenager taking the tennis world by storm.

During the summer, she partook in Wimbledon for the first time and showcased great potential, reaching the fourth round at the All England Club.

However, even her most fervent backers would struggle to script the fairy tale that was to follow at the US Open in October.

She played seven matches, conquering two seeds and a win against fellow rookie Leylah Fernandez meant she became the first player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam event as a qualifier.

The 19-year-old was also the first British woman to win a Slam event since Virginia Wade in the 1977 edition of Wimbledon.

While a win at SPOTY for Raducanu may seem an inevitability, the rest of the pack have also achieved great things in their own right.

Tom Daley (10/1) at the fourth attempt, finally sealed Olympic Gold in the 10m synchronized platform with Matty Lee.

Many thought Daley, who was regarded as a prodigious talent in his younger days, had blown his chance but finally the gold came and the sheer joy and relief was palpable.

Tyson Fury (25/1) has had a great year, remaining unbeaten through his trilogy of heavyweight fights with Deontay Wilder, retaining his WBC and The Ring belts in the process.

Breaststroke king Adam Peaty (50/1) picked up two more gold medals in Tokyo and was part of the world-record-winning 4×100 medley team for the Olympics.

Raheem Sterling (100/1) was England’s go-to goalscorer in their exhilarating journey to the final of Euro 2020, while the swimmer-turned-cyclist Sarah Storey (125/1) took a hat trick of golds in the Tokyo Paralympics, winning the individual pursuit, time trial, and Road race.

Whatever happens, it has definitely been another vintage year for British sport.

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