Who will win SPOTY 2021? Laura Kenny favourite after winning record gold

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Olympic cyclists Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald
Laura Kenny (left) and Katie Archibald celebrate winning Olympic gold

Team GB's Tokyo Olympics heroes are dominating the BBC Sports Personality of the Year betting after Laura Kenny overtook Tom Daley to become the favourite says Max Liu...

"Kenny, who won four golds across London 2012 and Rio 2016, is 3.1511/5 on the Exchange to win SPOTY."

Laura Kenny is the favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after she became the first British female Olympian to win gold at three consecutive Games with victory in the madison alongside Katie Archibald.

The pair were in scintillating form as they scored 78 points to finish first ahead of Denmark.

Kenny, who won four golds across London 2012 and Rio 2016, is 3.1511/5 on the Exchange to win SPOTY.

British Olympians look set to dominate the betting for the award that will be announced in December.

Tom Daley's odds were slashed last week after he won gold in the synchronised diving.

Daley is out to 4.1 but is still a big contender.

Tom Daley with Gold Medal.jpg

His diving partner Matthew Lee is 6.05/1 in the betting but Daley's greater name recognition, and the way fans have followed his career across four Games, makes him the more likely winner.

Mark Cavendish is 10.519/2 following his heroics at the Tour de France.

The truth is, however, that Kenny's achievements are simply incomparable and she looks a solid bet to take the award.

Who's drifting in the SPOTY betting?

Dina Asher-Smith was the favourite for a while but she had to pull out of the women's 200m due to injury, after failing to reach the final of the 100m, and she's now out to 140.00139/1.

Away from the Olympics, England footballers Raheem Sterling 40.039/1 and Harry Kane 70.069/1 were all the rage as Euro 2020 fever gripped the nation. They're odds show bettors have cooled on them since England lost the final to Italy and Kane subsequently went on strike at his club Spurs.

Last year's winner Lewis Hamilton is out to 15.014/1 as he struggles to challenge Max Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship while the chances of Anthony Joshua 50.049/1 hinge on his fight with Tyson Fury taking place this year.

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