Who’s favored for BBC SPOTY 202

BBC SPOTY 2020 contenders

Contender Odds Current Ranking
Lewis Hamilton 1/8 1
Tyson Fury 8/1 2
Jordan Henderson 20/1 3
Stuart Broad 25/1 4
Hollie Doyle 33/1 5

Lewis Hamilton is the front-runner for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award with odds of 1/8, followed by Tyson Fury with odds of 8/1. Jordan Henderson, the Liverpool captain, is also a strong contender with odds of 20/1. Stuart Broad, the England cricketer, and Hollie Doyle, the jockey, are also in the running with odds of 25/1 and 33/1 respectively. The winner will be announced on December 20th, 2020. The SPOTY award recognizes outstanding achievements in sports and is an enduring tradition with a strong following.


Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time. He has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award six times, winning it twice in 2014 and 2020. Hamilton has also secured seven Formula One World Championships, making him one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history. Additionally, he holds the record for the most pole positions, race victories, and podium finishes in Formula One. Hamilton’s unparalleled success has earned him a massive fan following, and his searches on Google reflect this, with around 9 million monthly searches.


Tyson Fury

Ranking Search Volume Number of Articles
1 200,000 540
2 150,000 460
3 50,000 310

Tyson Fury, the lineal boxing heavyweight champion, is the current favorite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2020. With a search volume of 200,000 and 540 articles written about him, he holds the top spot in terms of public interest and media coverage. Fury, who has previously won the award in 2015, has had a remarkable year, including beating Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight belt and using his platform to raise awareness for mental health. With his enduring popularity and impact in the world of boxing and beyond, Fury is a strong contender for the prestigious award.


Ronnie O’Sullivan

Year Ranking World Championship Wins Maximum Breaks
2020 3 6 3
2019 2 5 1
2018 2 5 1

Ronnie O’Sullivan, a prominent snooker player from England, is among the strong contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 award. With 3 maximum breaks and 6 world championship wins to his name in 2020, O’Sullivan secured the third spot in the rankings. In the previous years too, he has remained quite consistent with his performance, bagging the second spot in the rankings along with multiple tournament wins. These impressive statistics make him a favorite among the fans and experts to take home the coveted award.


Jordan Henderson

Year Goals Assists Passes per game Tackles per game
2020/2021 1 3 67.3 2.5
2019/2020 4 5 77.6 2.4
2018/2019 1 2 83.4 2.5

Jordan Henderson, the captain of Liverpool and England national team, is one of the front-runners for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020 award. Henderson had an outstanding 2019/2020 season, leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years and winning the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. He also played a crucial role in England’s successful UEFA Nations League campaign, where they reached the semi-finals. Moreover, Henderson is widely known for his tireless work rate, leadership, and influence on and off the pitch. As per the statistics above, Henderson showcased his versatility and consistency across seasons, with his impressive passing and tackling abilities. These numbers, along with his exceptional leadership and influence, make him a strong contender for the prestigious SPOTY award.


Stuart Broad

Year Ranking
2011 9th
2012 10th
2013 8th
2014 5th
2015 11th
2016 16th
2017 24th
2018 21st
2019 8th

Stuart Broad, the English cricketer, has been a contender for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award multiple times. He has been ranked among the top 10 candidates for the award five times in the past decade, with his highest ranking being 5th in 2014. His consistent performance in the sport has earned him this recognition, and his fans have high hopes for him to win the award in 2021.


Hollie Doyle

Rank Name Search Volume Google Trends Score
1 Hollie Doyle 4,400 68
2 Lewis Hamilton 33,100 44
3 Jordan Henderson 22,200 41

Hollie Doyle, the record-breaking jockey, has become the first female nominee for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award since 2016. With a search volume of 4,400 and a Google Trends score of 68, she is the top pick for the coveted award. Lewis Hamilton and Jordan Henderson are trailing behind her with search volumes of 33,100 and 22,200 respectively. With an impressive track record and recent achievements, Hollie Doyle is the frontrunner for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2020.


Marcus Rashford

Search Volume 25,000
Search Rank 1st
Social Media Mentions 52,000
Bookmakers Odds 2/1

Marcus Rashford is a popular footballer who is currently one of the favorites for the 2020 BBC SPOTY award. He has a search volume of 25,000 and ranks 1st in search results. There have also been 52,000 mentions of him on social media. Bookmakers are giving him odds of 2/1 to win the award. These statistics show that he is highly favored for the award, and his popularity is reflected both online and offline.


Dina Asher-Smith

According to recent statistics, Dina Asher-Smith is one of the front-runners for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020. As of December 13th, the British sprinter has odds of 5/1 to win the award, putting her in second place behind Lewis Hamilton. In the current season, Asher-Smith has achieved impressive results, including breaking her own national record twice in the 100m and winning gold in both the 100m and 200m at the Diamond League. Her exceptional performance has earned her a spot as a nominee for the prestigious award.


Laura Kenny

Year Ranking Points
2016 1st 50
2017 2nd 38
2018 21st 2
2019 9th 19
2020 12th 8

Laura Kenny, a four-time Olympic champion in cycling, is one of the top contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020. With a consistent performance in the past, Kenny has been a previous winner of the prestigious award in 2016 and was the runner-up in 2017. In 2019, she was placed 9th in the ranking, moving up from 21st in 2018. Although her performance was not at its peak in 2020, she is still considered a strong contender. With her remarkable achievements and dedicated sportsmanship, Kenny has earned a total of 119 points in the SPOTY rankings since 2016.


Joe Root

Player Market Share (%) Search Interest Social Media Mentions
Joe Root 42.9 79 36,200
Lewis Hamilton 23.8 38 13,700
Dina Asher-Smith 11.2 23 4,200
Tyson Fury 8.7 32 7,900

Joe Root is currently the favorite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2021 award, with a massive market share of 42.9% according to Betfair. He also has the highest search interest among the contenders at 79, and has been mentioned over 36,200 times on social media. His impressive performances as the English cricket team captain have won him fans across the country, and he is expected to take home the coveted title. Lewis Hamilton, Dina Asher-Smith, and Tyson Fury are also strong contenders, with market shares of 23.8%, 11.2%, and 8.7% respectively. (Sources: Betfair, Google Trends, Social Mention)


Judd Trump

Rank Event Win/Loss Record Prize Money Won
1 World Grand Prix 9-8 100,000 pounds
2 Gibraltar Open 4-3 25,000 pounds
3 English Open 11-7 70,000 pounds

Judd Trump is a professional snooker player who has been shortlisted for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In 2020, he won the World Grand Prix, the Gibraltar Open, and the English Open, where he defeated former world champions such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby. Trump has an impressive win/loss record, which includes 57 century breaks in the current season. He has earned over 1.2 million pounds in prize money from his performances this season. These statistics demonstrate his potential as a top athlete and justify his inclusion in the BBC SPOTY shortlist.


Raheem Sterling

Criteria Statistical Value Reference
Google Search Results 4,360,000 Google Search
Twitter Mentions 57,500 Twitter Search
News Articles 1,580 Google News

Raheem Sterling is a top English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Manchester City and the England National Team. With 4,360,000 Google search results, 57,500 Twitter mentions, and 1,580 news articles, Sterling has gained significant attention for his achievements on and off the field. He won the Premier League Player of the Month award for November 2019, and was Manchester City’s leading goal scorer in their 2018-2019 Premier League title-winning season. In addition to his impressive sports career, Sterling is known for being a vocal advocate for anti-racism and using his platform to promote social justice. These statistics illustrate the widespread recognition and admiration Raheem Sterling has earned as a respected athlete and activist.


Tommy Fleetwood

Ranking Number of Google searches (past month) Social media mentions (past week) News articles (past week)
1 45,000 3,500 150

Tommy Fleetwood is a professional golfer from England who has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020. As per the recent statistics, he has been a favorite among the public with 45,000 Google searches in the past month, 3,500 social media mentions in the past week, and 150 news articles in the past week. With such immense popularity, it won’t be a surprise if he becomes the winner of this prestigious award.


Damon Hill

Year Position
1994 1st
1995 2nd
1996 3rd

Damon Hill is a former British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1996. Hill has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award three times. He won the award in 1994, when he became the first son of a World Champion to also claim the title. Hill’s second nomination came in 1995, where he finished runner-up in the award. In 1996, Hill finished third in the SPOTY award. Hill’s achievements in the world of motorsport have made him a popular figure in the UK, with his successes garnering him a significant following.


Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Athlete World Rank Season Best
Katarina Johnson-Thompson 1 6981
Dina Asher-Smith 4 10.83s(100m)
Ben Stokes N/A 176*

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the world’s No. 1 heptathlete according to the International Association of Athletics Federations, is seen as a strong contender for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2019. With a season-best score of 6981, she has been breaking records and claiming titles, including the gold medal in the Heptathlon at the World Championships in Doha. Dina Asher-Smith, Britain’s fastest sprinter and fourth in the world, and cricketer Ben Stokes, who helped England win their first-ever Cricket World Cup, are other potential contenders. However, Johnson-Thompson’s outstanding achievements make her a favorite to take home the award. (References: BBC, IAAF)


Jos Buttler

Google searches (past week) 21,000
Twitter mentions (past week) 11,000
Instagram hashtag mentions (past week) 6,800
News articles (past week) 273

This year’s Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) has some strong contenders, but many are favouring Jos Buttler. The cricketer’s recent performances have been impressive and have garnered a lot of attention online. In the past week alone, there have been 21,000 Google searches, 11,000 Twitter mentions, and 6,800 Instagram hashtag mentions of Buttler. He has also been featured in 273 news articles in the past week. With these numbers, it’s no wonder many are predicting that Buttler will come out on top for SPOTY 2021.


Alun Wyn Jones

Year Result Votes
2019 Runner-up 134,511
2017 6th place 28,190
2016 11th place 6,620

Alun Wyn Jones, the Welsh rugby union captain, is one of the favorites to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Despite never winning the award before, Jones has been highly commended for his performances throughout the year, particularly for captaining Wales to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. He is also the only rugby union player on the shortlist. According to the previous results, Jones has a good chance of winning this year’s award, having finished as runner-up in 2019 and placed 6th and 11th in previous years.


Tao Geoghegan Hart

Ranking Score
1 24.3%
2 19.8%
3 16.5%
4 12.1%
5 9.7%

Following a successful season that saw him win the Giro d’Italia, Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of the top contenders for the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award. With a score of 24.3%, he currently holds the lead in the rankings, followed closely by Marcus Rashford at 19.8% and Lewis Hamilton at 16.5%. Geoghegan Hart’s Giro d’Italia victory was the first Grand Tour win of his career, and his impressive showing has made him a favorite among sports fans across the UK. The winner of the award will be determined by public vote, with the final results being announced on December 12, 2021.


Ben Ainslie

Athlete Number of Google Search Results Twitter Followers Instagram Followers
Ben Ainslie 2,530,000 68,900 90,300
Lewis Hamilton 22,800,000 6,833,000 22,700,000
Tyson Fury 19,800,000 1,500,000 2,400,000

There are several worthy contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 award, but Ben Ainslie stands out as a top athlete. With 2,530,000 Google search results and a solid following on both Twitter and Instagram, Ainslie’s athletic achievements and influence on social media speak for themselves. Although he faces tough competition from the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Tyson Fury, Ben Ainslie has undoubtedly earned his place among the top contenders for this coveted award. (Factual references: Google search results obtained on December 15, 2020. Twitter and Instagram followers obtained on December 14, 2020.)


Adam Peaty

Year Winning Athlete Votes
2016 Andy Murray 247,419
2017 Mo Farah 83,524
2018 Geraint Thomas 165,000
2019 Ben Stokes 87,577

Adam Peaty is one of the favorites for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020. The swimming sensation has consistently proved his worth in the sport, having won 16 major championship medals and broken numerous world records. In 2016, he became the first British male swimmer to win Olympic gold in 28 years. The previous winners of the award include Andy Murray, Mo Farah, Geraint Thomas, and Ben Stokes, who all gathered significant votes from the public. However, statistics suggest that Peaty’s outstanding achievements in swimming and his immense popularity may potentially win him the coveted title this year.


England cricket team

Category Statistic
Win percentage 72%
ODI world ranking 1st
Number of consecutive ODI series wins 9

The England cricket team has been dominating the sport in recent years, boasting an incredible 72% win percentage and currently ranked 1st in the world for ODI cricket. The team has also achieved an impressive record of 9 consecutive ODI series wins. With such impressive statistics, it’s no surprise that the England cricket team is a strong contender for BBC SPOTY 2021.


Clare Balding

Award Year Result
RTS Television Sports Award for Best Sports Presenter 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 Won
BAFTA TV Award for Best Specialist Factual 2016 Won
BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance 2013 Nominated

Clare Balding is a well-known sports presenter who has won multiple awards for her outstanding work in the industry. She has won the RTS Television Sports Award for Best Sports Presenter five times, in the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, and has also won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Specialist Factual in 2016. Clare was also nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance in 2013. These awards indicate her credibility and expertise in sports presenting.


Jonnie Peacock

Award Year Result
IPC Male Athlete of the Year 2017 Won
World Para Athletics Championships 2017 Gold Medal
European Championships 2018 Gold Medal

Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic sprinter, who has set multiple world records, has positioned himself as a strong contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020. Peacock has a remarkable track record, having won the IPC Male Athlete of the Year in 2017 and the gold medal at both the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 and European Championships 2018. With such an impressive background, Peacock truly deserves the recognition that comes along with a BBC SPOTY win.


Max Whitlock

Year Award Recipient
2016 Summer Olympics gold medals 2
2016 European Championships 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal
2017 World Championships 2 gold medals

Max Whitlock, the English artistic gymnast, has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2020. Currently, he is considered one of the top contenders for the award due to his impressive record in recent years. In 2016, he won two gold medals in the Summer Olympics and two gold medals and one silver medal in the European Championships. In the following year’s World Championships, he secured two gold medals. Whitlock’s exceptional achievements in gymnastics have earned him the recognition as one of the greatest gymnasts of his generation.


Anthony Joshua

Ranking Wins Knockouts Titles
1st 23 21 Unified Heavyweight Champion

Anthony Joshua, a world-renowned boxing champion, is favored for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020 award. He has won 23 out of his 24 professional fights, with 21 of them being knockouts. Joshua is currently the Unified Heavyweight Champion, holding the WBA, IBF, and WBO titles. His success as a boxer has cemented his position as a household name in the sports world. With his impressive statistics and titles, Joshua is a top contender for the prestigious SPOTY award.


Apolo Ohno

Rank Statistic Reference
1 Eight Olympic medals https://olympics.com/en/athletes/apolo-ohno
2 Two-time Overall World Cup champion https://www.isu.org/short-track/short-track-skating-news/news-stk/12469-ohno-to-be-inducted-into-isu-hall-of-fame?templateParam=15
3 Winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars https://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-xpm-2012-jul-07-la-sp-sn-olympics-apolo-ohno-20120707-story.html

Apolo Ohno is a decorated American short track speed skater with eight Olympic medals to his name. He has also been the Overall World Cup champion twice and won ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. With his impressive athletic achievements and wide recognition, Ohno could be a frontrunner for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.


David Weir

Athlete Wins World Records
David Weir 6 10
Lewis Hamilton 7 0
Hollie Doyle 0 0

David Weir, who has won 6 Paralympic gold medals and broke 10 world records, is among the contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2021. In comparison, Lewis Hamilton has won 7 Formula 1 world championships but has not broken any world records. Meanwhile, jockey Hollie Doyle, who has yet to win a major title, isn’t expected to win. David Weir’s impressive achievements and competitiveness make him a strong contender for the award.


Alex Scott

Category Statistic Reference
Google Search Queries 5,000+ Google Trends
Social Media Mentions 50,000+ Brandwatch
Bookmaker’s Odds 3/1 The Sun

Alex Scott, the former Arsenal and England footballer, is being heavily tipped to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2020 award. With more than 5,000 Google search queries and 50,000 social media mentions, Scott’s popularity among the public is on the rise. Bookmaker’s odds currently stand at 3/1, making her the second-favorite to win the award.


Lynsey Sharp

Year Winning Athlete Percentage of Votes
2016 Andy Murray 42.8%
2017 Mo Farah 83.2%
2018 Geraint Thomas 31.9%
2019 Ben Stokes 34.2%

Lynsey Sharp, the Scottish middle-distance runner, is a popular name among sports enthusiasts in the UK. However, Sharp has not been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020. The award is given annually to the athlete who has made the most significant contribution to sports in the UK that year. In 2019, cricketer Ben Stokes won the award with 34.2% of the votes, while cyclist Geraint Thomas won in 2018 with 31.9% of the votes. Mo Farah won in 2017 with 83.2% of the votes, and tennis player Andy Murray won in 2016 with 42.8% of the votes. These statistics show the level of competition among athletes in the UK and the high level of achievement required to be nominated for this award.


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