Sports Personality of the Year 2012 Odds
Bradley Wiggins 5/4,
Mo Farah 9/4,
Andy Murray 5/2,
Jessica Ennis 8/1.
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The annual sporting marque awards evening returns to our screens and in what has to be one of the busiest and most celebratory sporting years for a long time. A year which has contained the usual sporting events, as well as the European Championships and a very successful Olympics. This year’s list of Sports Personality of the Year candidates are going to be extremely hard to separate.
As much as you probably want to, voting for each of the top four contenders just isn’t going to help ease your conscience; you’re going to have to single one out.
To help aid your decision and thought processes, we at Place a Bet Online have decided to give you a brief rundown of the favourite’s achievements this year.
32 year old Wiggins is currently leading the pack with the bookies at the moment, following a sensational year for both Team Sky and Great Britain.
Earlier in the year Bradley Wiggins took part in the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine, all of which seemed to set the mood as he went on to become the first ever British Cyclist to win the Tour de France. In doing so he also claimed another piece of history by becoming the first person to win all four of those races in the same season.
Wiggins wasn’t finished there either, after ringing the bell to start the opening ceremony of the Olympics, Wiggins participated in a disappointing road race for team GB, but redeemed himself and the cycling team by taking gold in the Time Trial
The young Scot had his usual dependable start to the year by finishing as a beaten semi-finalist at the Australian Open, after winning the less high profile Brisbane International.
It looked as though his season was about to take a turn for the worst at the French Open. Murray battled back spasms throughout the tournament but still managed a dignified quarter final finish.
In the run up to Wimbledon, it was unknown as to whether he had fully recovered from his back injury, but the uncertainty was cast aside as he marched to the final; only to be beaten by an in form Roger Federer.
Murray was able to get his revenge on Centre Court shortly after, representing Great Britain at the Olympics. Murray met Federer in the Men’s final, but on this occasion proved too strong and became Britain’s first tennis gold medallist since 1908
This success just spurred Murray on as he gained the extra confidence he had previously been lacking. Murray faced Novak Djokovic in the final of the U.S Open and under the pressure of losing a two set lead; regrouped and took the final set to clinch his first Grand Slam.
Mo Farah went into the Olympics as one of Great Britain’s hopefuls for a gold medal, following his success at the European Championships in Helsinki where he won gold.
Farah didn’t fail to live up to the hype, first up was the 10,000 meters and Farah became the first Britain to win gold in a time of 27:30.42. Mo then made himself a national hero by claiming his second gold medal in the 5,000 meters and introduced the world to the “Mo-Bot” celebration.
Jessica is probably the new nation’s sweetheart, having missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jessica was desperate to make her impact on the world stage and hopes were high.
Throughout the Olympics, Ennis was in top form, beating several personal bests on her way to gold in the Heptathlon, breaking the British and Commonwealth record with a score of 6,955 points.