British Tennis ace Andy Murray has served up a storm in recent weeks to unsurprisingly move to 11/10 favourite to win the Sports Personality of the Year award.
With success at Wimbledon, followed up by a gruelling gold medal victory in Rio, the Scot is now the bookies choice for the prestigious award.
Should the 29-year-old take home the crown on the 18th December, it would make Murray the most decorated SPOTY winner with three titles, more than any other athlete.
Murray isn’t alone by having his odds bolstered due to a successful games in Rio either, with the top 5 candidates all featuring in Britain’s greatest overseas Olympics which saw them overtake China to second in the medals table.
Magic Mo Farah is second on the list, priced at 9/4 with Betfred after further track heroics saw him reclaim his 5,000 and 10,000m gold medals. Farah is now arguably the Nation’s greatest ever long-distance runner yet has failed to win Sports Personality. Could this be his year?!
Cyclist and most decorated British Female Olympian Laura Trott has propelled herself to third favourite at 11/2 after taking home two more gold’s in Brazil. She is now ahead of partner and fellow track cyclist Jason Kenny who is also Britain’s greatest Male Olympian with six gold medals alongside Sir Chris Hoy.
Surely a knighthood is incoming for Kenny who won a further three Gold’s this games and is 10/1 for SPOTY, odds which would be considerably shorter had the rest of the field not been so strong. Just imagine if those pair ever had children?!
Completing the top five of candidates is Gymnastics golden boy Max Whitlock who became the first Brit to win a men’s gymnastics title in the floor exercise, only to complete a ‘London Bus’ double by taking another gold later on the same day in the pommel horse.
Whitlock has been jumping through hoops to get to the deserved stardom he will now receive, and is priced at a generous 16/1 to take home the SPOTY award.
Just outside of the top five is an almost forgotten man after the most recent sporting successes, but one male, who carried his nation to near sporting glory is still very much in the running. If you fancy the Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale to take home the trophy, then 18/1 is the price, decent odds considering the whole of Wales will probably be voting for the Madrid Galactico.
Elsewhere Nick Skelton, who won a famous gold in the individual show jumping in Rio, is a 50/1 outside bet. If the 58-year-old was to claim victory, it would be as big an upset as when Zara Phillips won the award back in 2006, not to mention he would be the oldest ever winner of the accolade.
Fancy a real outside bet? Masters champions Danny Willett, who took the Green Jacket from Jordan Speith in dramatic fashion at Augusta is 100/1. Amazingly despite being the first Englishman in 20 years to win golfs’ biggest tournament, and only the second person after Nick Faldo, Willet finds himself a huge outsider.
Odds that seem too good to be true!