By News Team
Last Updated: 28th October 2021
Emma Raducanu is set to score the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award, ahead of Tom Daley and Adam Peaty from the pool, and even Harry Kane after his efforts in the Euros.
Another worthy list of nominees was announced for this year’s award and on 19th December, one of them will be crowned the BBC Sports Personality of 2021.
We run through the top five’s chances of winning.
Tennis star Emma Raducanu caught the eye, and hearts, of the nation in multiple tennis competitions this year. Emma became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles titles since Virginiana Wade did so in the 1977 Wimbledon Championship. Her age makes her championing of the US Open even more impressive, more so the fact that she didn’t even drop a set. What’s more outstanding is that in June of this year, she made her World Tennis Association (WTA) Tour debut, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon despite being a Wild Card and being ranked outside the top 300. Two months later she went on to become the first singles qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title. Emma is the overwhelming favourite at 1/20.
Tom Daley did what he does best again this summer, competing for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. In the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform final, Tom and partner Matt Lee, delivered a multitude of excellent dives that brought them a Gold Medal. On his own 10m platform, Tom performed consistently with the result of a bronze medal. His efforts this summer have given him well deserved odds of 10/1, and the title of Olympic Champion after competing in four Summer Games.
Another champion from the pool, and third favourite to claim Sports Personality glory is Adam Peaty. His huge achievement of becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title, after winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke event in Tokyo, has left him with a possibility of winning the Sports Personality award this year. Adam won the first of Great Britain’s Tokyo Golds this summer. Admitting that his 100m breaststroke final was his to lose, Adam felt the extraordinary pressure, having been the first male British swimmer to win Gold in 24 years during the 2016 Games. Adam is in strong contention with odds of 33/1 to win the SPOTY award this year.
Boxer Tyson Fury also has odds of 33/1 to wear another royal crown as the Sports Personality King, along with his crown as the Gypsy King. As of October 2021, Fury is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by ESPN, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec. Since his professional career began in 2008, Fury has competed in numerous high-profile fights, most recently his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. Fury had an undefeated run of 27 fights, and the Fury v Wilder Trilogy resulted in a Fury win in the 11th round of the night, despite receiving two fourth-round knockdowns. Tyson is in with a fighting chance of winning this award, with odds of 33/1.
Dame Sarah Storey is a British Paralympic athlete in cycling and swimming. Her total of Paralympic medals now includes 17 gold medals, which makes her the most successful and most decorated British Paralympian of all time. Sarah was the first Great British athlete to win a gold medal in Tokyo as she defended her Paralympic title in the women’s individual pursuit C5 event. During the qualifying heat event, Storey also shattered her own world record by four seconds in the individual pursuit C5 category. She has odds of 50/1 to win Sports Personality of the Year 2021.