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Nic Ladds 30th Nov 2009 - 21:45

Is this man the next Sports Personality of the Year?

On the 13 December one of the UK's finest sports stars will be crowned the Sports Personality Of The Year in recognition by the British public for their outstanding achievement throughout the year.

The theory is that the winner should have a sparkling personality to boot but some (Nigel Mansell) slip through the net purely through their sporting achievement so here we'll have a look at the final 10 contenders and who is the most likely winner.

Jenson Button - Formula 1 world champion - odds 4/7

Jenson had spent much of his Formula 1 career being the journeyman of the sport, never really troubling the leading contenders until this year he got himself behind the wheels of a Brawn GP car. While they were clearly head and shoulders above the rest, Button showed his skill to hold his nerve and take the title when under the most intense pressure, almost in an identical position as to when Lewis Hamilton lost out the year before. He is a short price but F1 drivers have a reasonable record in this and he is the logical favourite.

Jessica Ennis - World heptathlon champion - odds 4/1

Her odds have plummeted since she won the world heptathlon title and in doing so broke the meeting record for points scored. She is attractive, very likeable and what she achieved was huge and athletes have a good record in recent times as Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe have both taken the title and at the odds she certainly looks a better bet than Button.

David Haye - World heavyweight champion - odds 6/1

Haye stepped up from the cruiserweight division to take on the biggest men in the boxing world and he has taken to it with aplomb. He beat the 7ft plus giant Nikolai Valuev to capture the title and in doing so became just the fifth Brit to do so and he looks sure to take the boxing world by storm with his next target one of the Klitschko brothers. On the downside to win this not many people are likely to have seen the fight and he may not be known widely enough to challenge the market leaders although Lennox Lewis and Joe Calzaghe both captured the title recently so boxers can do well.

Andrew Strauss - England cricket captain - odds 12/1

Strauss has taken the unenviable mantle of captaining the England cricket team and his main achievement is capturing the Ashes which no one at all expected them to do. While an admirable achievement, England cricket is wildly inconsistent and barring a white-wash victory in South Africa his chances of even a top three look slim, plus his public persona is not nearly well known enough to widely appeal unlike the most recent cricket winner, Andrew Flintoff.

Ryan Giggs - Manchester United hero - odds 12/1

Giggs has had a long and illustrious career with Manchester United capturing every title going and constantly producing the goods when United need them. He has been in scintillating form this season despite his advancing years and his PFA Player Of The Year award shows how respected and admired he is by fans and players alike. A glut of votes from Wales could well propel him in to the top three though and he is a lively outsider.

Beth Tweddle - World champion gymnast - odds 33/1

Tweddle finished third in this in 2006 and has done well this year winning the World Championships in the floor exercise along with four other first place finishes in prestigious events. Deserves her place but has definitely not achieved enough to figure in the top three or indeed trouble the market leaders and a third place again is the best she can hope for.

Andy Murray - British number one tennis player - odds 50/1

Had Murray captured a Grand Slam this year he would be a near shoo-in for the title. He reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and has captured numerous tour titles but just seems to find one too good on the day when it really matters. He is flying the flag admirably for British tennis and will certainly win this one day, but until he captures a Grand Slam title he will have to wait.

Tom Daley - British diver - odds 50/1

At just 15 years of age Daley has achieved so much by competing in the Olympics and winning gold in the British and World Championships this year he is doing things that men twice his age can only dream of. Against these more seasoned rivals though he is unlikely to win, but if those unsure who to vote for go for him as the brilliant youngster amidst all the adults he has a chance of a place and isn't the worse outsider to back.

Phillips Idowu - triple jump world champion - odds 66/1

Idowu takes his place having taken gold for Britain at the World Championships jumping the furthest anyone has this year. The athletic vote though will go to Ennis and it looks like he is just making up the numbers.

Mark Cavendish - British cyclist - odds 66/1

Cavendish is without doubt one of Britain's biggest cycling talents and he has achieved much this year winning multiple stages in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia as well as the Milan - Sanremo. His profile is not well known enough though and many in this list have achieved more this year. He is only 24 and undoubtedly will have better claims to this in years to come.


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