By William Hill
Last Updated: 13th December 2019
Geraint Thomas saw off Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2018 after he became the first Welshman and third Briton to win the Tour de France.
Another worthy list of nominees was announced for this year’s award and on December 15 one of them will be crowned as the BBC Sports Personality of 2019.
We run through the super six’s chances of winning.
Cricketer Ben Stokes became the nation’s darling over the summer as his heroics helped England to their incredible World Cup win over New Zealand, a stunning performance that earned him man of the match. If that wasn’t quite enough, he followed it up just over a month later with a sensational unbeaten 135 to secure victory for England against Australia in the third test of the Ashes in dramatic style. Stokes is the overwhelming odds-on favourite at 1/8 and the Durham all-rounder is on course to become the first cricketer to scoop the award since Andrew Flintoff in 2005.
Extremely talented and ever-jovial, Dina Asher-Smith is the second-favourite behind Stokes after she became the first ever female to win a major world sprint title for Britain. The 24-year-old took home the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha when running in the 200m, recording a personal best and a new British record of 21.88 seconds. Asher-Smith also won two silvers at the meeting, with one coming in the 100m and the second in the 4x100m relay. She is 10/1 to cruise to Sports Personality of the Year glory.
Lewis Hamilton won the accolade in 2014, was voted runner-up last year and once again finds himself on the list of nominees this time around. A six-time Formula One world champion, the Mercedes driver sped to five of those wins in the last six years, with his 2016 attempt ending as runner-up. His victory this year took him to within one of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record as he won the title with two races to spare. He is third in the betting and can be backed at 16/1 to race to victory again this year.
The only footballer in this year’s list of nominees, Raheem Sterling was integral in his Manchester City side’s domestic treble last season, as well as emerging as a key campaigner in addressing issues of racism in the sport. The England international was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, as well as the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. To cap that off, he made the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist and is 20/1 in the betting to add the Sports Personality of the Year award to his trophy cabinet.
Alun Wyn Jones led his Wales outfit to Six Nations glory this year and has already been named BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year for 2019. The Grand Slam-winning captain was named the Six Nations’ player of the championship and became Wales’ most-capped player of all time when competing at this year’s Rugby World Cup, helping his side to reach the semi-finals. Only New Zealand’s Richie McCaw stands ahead of him in the list of most international appearances of all time. The Welshman is an outside shot to clinch the main edition of the BBC award on Sunday and is available at 22/1 to do just that.
The second World Athletics Champion in 2019’s list of nominees, Katarina Johnson-Thompson leapt to heptathlon glory after putting on the best display of her career. Racking up 6,981 points, she surpassed Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record when setting the sixth best score of all time. The 26-year-old set four personal bests during the competition and has etched her name into the athletics history books for good. Johnson-Thompson rounds off the betting for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year award at 33/1.