The nominations for the 2019 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award have been announced with Englands Cricket Wolrd Cup Hero the favourite!
The Sports Personality Of The Year award is voted for annually with the winner announced in December. It first started in 1954 with Christopher Chataway the winner. The criteria for the award that it should be given to a sportsperson “whose actions have most captured the publics imagination”.
Out of all the 65 winners, Andy Murray is the most successful. He has won three awards from 2013-16. In terms of the most successful sport, athletics is the winner for that with 18. Last years winner was Geraint Thomas who won the 2018 Tour de France.
This year, the six nominations come from five different sports. The winner is done by phone-in or online nominations of the night of the award ceremony.
Ben Stokes – 2/11
The huge favourite for this year's award is England cricketer Ben Stokes. He has had a fantastic year starting with the World Cup. He guided England to their first-ever World Cup win with a match-winning performance in the final helping his side win in the super-over. Stokes then went on to be the hero at Headingley. He got 135 not out to help win the third Ashes test after what has been described as the best test match performance by one person ever. This all comes after years of controversy when Stokes was arrested during a night out in 2017. Winning this award would be a fantastic way to round of a brilliant year and a real turn around in his career.
🏏 | Ben Stokes has been rated the third best all-rounder in the world in the ICC's Test rankings.
He's behind Jason Holder and Ravindra Jadeja.
Dina Asher-Smith – 8/1
The sprinter won the 2019 World Championships 200 metres. This made her the first-ever British woman to win a global sprint title. In 2019 she also went on to win silver in the 100 metres and the 4 x 100 metres. In her 100m and 200m sprints, she also set the British record for a woman in both records finishing in 10.83s and 21.88s. This was a brilliant year for the 23-year-old, who will now be looking to the 2020 Olympics.
Raheem Sterling – 16/1
The young English winger has really started to become one of the best players in the world now. He won the domestic treble in 2019, The Premier Leauge, The FA Cup and the League Cup. On top of this, he was voted the Football Writer Associations Player Of The Year. In terms of football, in terms couldn't really have been a better year for Sterling. Away from actually playing the sport, he has been a figurehead in the fight against racism in football, after being subject of racial abuse at the end of 2018.
Lewis Hamilton – 20/1
Once again the Formula 1 superstar won this year's championship. This is the sixth time Hamilton has managed this and is now only one behind Michael Schumacher. Hamilton will go down as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever and is at his peak now. He is consistently in the top three and doesn't look like stopping racing any time soon.
We are 6 times World Champions, wow it’s still not sunk in. You can’t imagine how hard it’s been for us all, we lost our dear friend Niki this year, it’s been a tough battle but this one is definitely for him. I am so privileged to be a part of this team. pic.twitter.com/aj4IIDtrOY
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 13, 2019
Alun Wyn Jones – 25/1
The Welsh lock has a great year as captain of the national rugby union side. He was instrumental in Wales winning their fifth Six Nations. Wyn Jones was also given the Player Of The Tournament award. He captained his side at this summers World Cup where he became Wales' most capped player with 133 appearances.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson – 33/1
The heptathlete joins Dina Asher-Smith as the other athlete in the nominations list. She won gold at this year's World Athletics Championships. In winning the heptathlon she also set four of her own personal bests showing she really gave it her all. Johnson-Thompson will be hoping to win this award before looking add an Olympic gold medal to her tally.
Ben Stokes is the outright favourite for this award after a captivating summer. He brought the whole country together in some unforgettable moments. That being said though it doesn't guarantee he is going to win. All of the nominations have been at the top of the game this year and would all be worthy winners of the 2019 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.