SPOTY 2015: Murray, Fury and Vardy's big weekend alters landscape

Andy Murray got surprisingly emotional about winning the Davis Cup for Great Britain
Andy Murray got surprisingly emotional about winning the Davis Cup for Great Britain
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Jessica Ennis-Hill suddenly has far more competition to win this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award...

"Murray is the [3.25] second favourite, in from 6.0 when given the Mike Norman cap-tip and 55.0 earlier in 2015. He achieved something exceptional in almost single-handedly returning the Davis Cup to Great Britain after a 79-year wait. They won all 11 matches that he participated in compared to one of the eight that he didn’t."

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, Betting.Betfair's Mike Norman picked out three sports folk who he felt had the potential to make a late push for BBC Sports Personality of the Year glory: Andy Murray, Tyson Fury and Jamie Vardy.

It has proven to be a tipping masterpiece, with all three now in the top six of the betting following history-grabbing moments on the final weekend of the 11th month, the ideal time to peak given that the ten-person shortlist is announced on November 30 and the prize is distributed three weeks later.

Murray is the [3.25] second favourite, in from [6.0] when given the Norman cap-tip and 55.0 earlier in 2015. It wasn't his best year Grand Slam-wise, but none of that matters as he achieved something exceptional in almost single-handedly returning the Davis Cup to Great Britain after a 79-year wait. They won all 11 matches that he participated in compared to one of the eight that he didn't.

Fury meanwhile is [8.8] having done what few thought he was capable of and comprehensively outfought Wladimir Klitschko, who was unbeaten in over 11 years, by unanimous decision in Germany to claim all bar one of boxing's heavyweight titles.

The unbeaten Mancunian's ascent is even more spectacular as he traded at [1000.0] at the start of the year and was still [180.0] when mentioned on these pages this month.

There is a precedent for a boxer stealing the winter spotlight from when Joe Calzaghe triumphed in 2007 thanks to outclassing Mikkel Kessler in November, and there will be many arguing over the days ahead that Fury would be a winner to live up to the "Personality" part of the honour's name.

Finally, Vardy's three-month-long party is now [34.0] to end in BBC Sports Personality of the Year glory. Unsurprisingly, the Leicester forward was a late addition to the market and, even then, he was backed at 1000.0 before stretching his Premier League scoring streak to a record 11 straight games.

Jessica Ennis-Hill remains a [2.18] favourite after marking her comeback with World Championships heptathlon gold, yet she has drifted from [1.58], and the recency and enormity of Murray, Fury and Vardy's feats threaten to see her denied just as she was in the last ultra-competitive year - 2012.


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