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The past winners of have almost invariably brought glory to the UK on an international stage. So make sure that you bet on someone who has beaten more than national competition. Rule number two for BBC Sports Personality of the Year betting is that the sport must be high profile in terms of media coverage and viewing figures.
But the voters on the night of the show are the ones that decide it and they are a very different audience whose knowledge levels should not be overestimated. This dictates that, in an Olympic year, you might as well forget about betting on anyone who has not won a gold medal. In , Lewis Hamilton may have ticked the boxes in terms of achieving success high profile success on an international stage as Formula One World Champion, but he never really stood a chance against Chris Hoy in SPOTY, even though he was at one time an odds-on favourite.
Even when Bradley Wiggins won in , while it was primarily for his Tour De France victory, he would surely not have won had he failed to add a time trial Olympic gold to his tally too.
Two other cyclists have won the award since the Sports Personality of the Year began in and they were Tommy Simpson in and Mark Cavendish in Despite his undoubted achievements in becoming world champion and lifting the Tour De France Green Jersey, Cavendish was the beneficiary in a year when no other UK sports men or women boasted much international success and the golfing vote was split between a number of contenders.
Nevertheless, when looking to wager on this BBC popularity contest, we must acknowledge that history now tells us pedalling a bike is no longer the disadvantage it once was.
The significance of the Olympic factor has proved rock solid since the turn of the century. She had won gold medals in both the metres and metres in Athens.
The runner up that year was Matthew Pinsent, one of the gold medal winning coxless fours team who succeeded in the absence of Steve Redgrave. Steve Redgrave won the BBC contest in following his success in the coxless fours at the Sydney Olympics it was his fifth Olympic gold in total and he was one of the favourites for good reason.
Winners generally come from individual rather than team sports. Yes, footballers, rugby players and cricketers have won on occasions in recent years, but they were exceptional goal or point or run scorers, usually in a high profile international contest. For examples of individual sportsmen think Andy Murray in and Lewis Hamilton in , along with the other F1 winners before him.
Not only do non-team sports people have a natural advantage, some are helped by other factors. Formula One Champions have a particularly good record and often reach the top of the odds. Their sporting calendar helps a lot as the championship is decided in November, shortly before the BBC show in December.
If a UK F1 driver wins the Championship, they are usually among the favourites in the betting and achieve a podium position in the Sports Personality of the Year.
There have been some spectacular overturns of odds-on favourites in the Sports Personality of the Year betting, as the bookmakers have presumably responded to the weight of betting support which does not always correspond with the behaviour of the voting BBC audience.
The betting markets had reckoned without the enduring appeal of Ryan Giggs. He had been a Manchester United first team player since the age of View all Antepost Horse Racing. All Champion Stakes Entries. Include in multiples Clear Slip. All bets are accepted in accordance with the William Hill Betting Rules , as published on this site.
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