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SPOTY Betting: Could Dina Asher-Smith eclipse Ben Stokes?

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Dina Asher-Smith is on top of the world after taking gold in Doha. Could she upset the odds by winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year? Max Liu reports.

"At [11.5], Asher-Smith is second favourite, having seen her odds shorten dramatically in the past month, overtaking Lewis Hamilton [34.0] and Raheem Sterling [44.0]."

Dina Asher-Smith is enjoying an incredible year. Last night, the 23-year-old became the first British woman to win a global sprint title, storming home in 21.88sec to take gold in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

In the process, Asher-Smith broke her own national record as she landed her second medal of these championships to go with her silver in the 100m. Her sights are now set firmly on next year's Olympics in Tokyo.

But there's another honour which the sprinter could land before 2019 is out: Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). At [11.5], Asher-Smith is the second favourite, having seen her odds shorten dramatically in the past month, overtaking Lewis Hamilton [34.0] (no mean feat) and Raheem Sterling [44.0].

Asher-Smith looks value in "without Stokes" market

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Ben Stokes [1.32] is the favourite by some distance, following his heroics for England at the ICC Cricket World Cup and in the Ashes series this summer.

It's hard to see anything happening between now and December that will prevent Stokes from winning. But Asher-Smith looks a steal at [2.5] to be the winner without Stokes and almost certain to finish in the top three [1.33].

Then, of course, there's next year. If Asher Smith carries her scintillating form all the way to Tokyo 2020 and becomes the first British woman to win a gold medal in the 200m, she would have an even stronger claim to win SPOTY at the grand old age of 24.

Max Liu,

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