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POPULAR: Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton

THREE OF the biggest names in sport are vying for the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) title.

Sir Mo Farah, Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Joshua have all had a phenomenal year and are amongst the favourites to land the BBC gong which will be decided on December 17 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Sir Mo might have hung up his spikes but he ended his glittering track and field career by winning World Championships 10,000m gold and 5,000 silver at the Olympic Stadium during the summer.

The long distance king’s double came after a career which has seen him collect a plethora of gold medals and earned the right to be called Britain’s greatest ever track and field exponent.

Hamilton, who surely cannot be too far away from a visit to Buckingham Palace for his knighthood, won his fourth Formula One drivers’ crown in Mexico on Sunday. His quartet of titles marks him down as the country’s outstanding F1 driver.


IN THE RUNNING: Sir Mo Farah

Joshua stopped Carlos Takam at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium last weekend to record his 20th professional win, all of which have come by way of knockouts. The boxing world is now Joshua’s oyster and next should see him involved in mega fights against fellow Briton Tyson Fury and American WBC kingpin Deontay Wilder.

Bookmakers William Hill have now cut the price of Hamilton winning this year’s BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year from 8/1 to 11/2 after Joshua’s relatively routine victory on October 28. Joshua has drifted from 1/3 to 2/5.

Hamilton is also 4/1 to pick up a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list and the 15/8 favourite to win next year’s drivers’ championship.

“Despite his continued success on a global level, Hamilton has only picked up the Sports Personality of the Year once but his odds for this year’s are tumbling and it looks very likely he could well pick up an honour from the Queen as well come the New Year,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

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