Will a member of Team GB follow the trend and win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after the Olympics?
With Team GB heading to the Olympic Games in Rio, they will be hopeful that they can bring home a record haul of medals. In London 2012, they won a combined total of 67 medals including 29 golds. Leading athletes who will be back to defend their gold medals and hoping to add to their collection include Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Great Britain will have their finest talent on show and there’s no doubt that a strong performance in Brazil will enhance the athletes chances of winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year. After the previous four Olympic Games, the winner of the BBC award has been won by an Olympian. It follows a strong trend and clearly you would think it would happen for a fifth consecutive time if Team GB deliver in Brazil. Take a look below at the previous winners in Olympic years.
|Winner||Bradley Wiggins||Chris Hoy||Kelly Holmes||Steve Redgrave|
|Second||Jessica Ennis-Hill||Lewis Hamilton||Matthew Pinsent||Denise Lewis|
|Third||Andy Murray||Rebecca Adlington||Andrew Flintoff||Tanni Grey-Thompson|
If you are looking to back one of the Team GB athletes, you'll probably be better to do it sooner rather than later because once the games start, the chances are that the top athletes prices will tumble. We’ve assessed who might have a strong chance of winning Gold in Rio.
Chris Froome won a bronze medal at London 2012 and he will be hoping to go even better this time around. He has been tipped to win Gold in the Men’s Time Trial and has an outside chance of the Men’s Road Race. Any medals in Rio will boost his existing chances. You can currently get 12/1 on Froome to win the award.
Mo Farah is a double Olympic gold winner which he won in 2012. He’s come close to winning the BBC award before in 2011 when he finished third. Farah has been tipped to do the double again in Rio which would be quite some achievement. Mo isn’t just one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced but he’s a fan favourite too. You can get16/1 that he will be the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Jessica Ennis-Hill holds the record for most podiums without a win at the Sports Personality of the Year awards, having finished in the top three on four separate occasions including a second place finish back in 2012 behind Bradley Wiggins. If Ennis-Hill can win her second Olympic gold in Rio after having her son in 2015, it would be a remarkable achievement. If you fancy Ennis-Hill to win the award then back here at 11/1.
The favourite, and Team GB's flag-bearer, Andy Murray goes into the Olympics on the back of his second Wimbledon title. Having won the award in 2013 and 2015, Murray will be looking to win it for a third time. He might find it tough to win a second gold medal as he will have to beat world number one, Novak Djokovic. Fancy Murray? Get 6/4 here.