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SPOTY Betting

first_imgSPOTY seems a much used acronym this time of year. Typing “Sports Personality of the Year” can be tiresome . So the shorter version seems much easier.Of course being an Olympic year and being held in one of the Olympic venues, London docklands sprawling ExCel arena, the heroes of 2012 are all to the fore.Who would think that a Brit could win a grand slam tennis tournament and only be 4th favourite for the crown? Ok so Andy Murray hasn’t endeared himself to the British public in the style of a Tim Henman, but even the dour Scot’s feat must be worth a place on the podium. His actual emotion after defeat in the Wimbledon final warmed him a little more to the public, even if you couldn’t say the same about his Mum.So let’s look at the top 3 for the crown. In the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair cycling has had a tarnished image, but… you cannot take away the fact that GB are bloody good at it and in the cool shape of Bradley Wiggins have Britain’s first ever winner of the Tour de France and an Olympic champion to boot. Like all the front 3 contenders Wiggo has a huge popularity and, despite a cyclist winning last year in the way of Mark Cavendish he is a worthy favourite for the crown again.2nd in the betting comes Mo Farah. Now when I previewed this earlier in the year I couldn’t see how a Somalian who spends an awful lot of time in the US taking part in an event dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians could be considered, but anyone who watched Mo on those two Saturday nights in the summer couldn’t help be captivated by Farah. The ‘Mobot’ found its way into the hearts and on the heads of everyone. I think he could just actually win – shame nobody’s betting each way!Jess Ennis is the 3rd in the betting . Now the fairer sex always do well in SPOTY; indeed before last year when not a single girl was short listed, one had made the top 3 in every year bar one for the past 12 years. She often achieves well and is undeniably popular, but several other women also are nominated: pocket rocket boxer Nicola Adams, rower Kath Grainger (though her partner Anna Watkins must feel aggrieved) as well as Paralympians Sarah Storey and the multi-medalled swimmer Ellie Simmons (who could be worth a very small investment to make the top 3 as one girl ought to make it).Of the rest I must mention Ben Ainslie, who I very shrewdly put up at 25/1 each way, did his job and won his 4th gold in a row, now only to be available at 10 times that price as every single British sportsman and women (with the exception of our swimmers no change there) had a stellar year.All in all Sunday should be a good night to look back on a great year of sport.last_img read more