With a summer of Olympic success, who will win Sports Personality of the Year?

Some of the athletes in contention to win Sports Personality of the Year.

Some of the athletes in contention to win Sports Personality of the Year. - Credit: Archant

With Great Britain returning their biggest medal haul in more than a century, the competition to be named Sports Personality of the Year in December will be tougher than ever.

Andy Murray is currently the bookmakers favourite at 11/8 to win the award after winning his second Wimbledon title in July and defending his Olympic title in Rio. It would be the second time the Scotsman has won the coveted prize and there could be more success to come for Murray before the ceremony with the US Open starting later this month and Britain playing in the Davis Cup semi-final in September.

Mo Farah is second favourite with the bookies to be named Sports Personality of the Year with odds of 11/4 after completing the double-double in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Cycling's golden couple Laura Trott are Jason Kenny, who have 10 Olympic gold medals between them, are third and fourth respectively with odds of 6/1 and 12/1.

And completing the top five is British gymnastics history maker Max Whitlock, who after winning two gold medals and bronze in Rio has current odds of 16/1.

Away from the Olympics, after leading Wales to the semi-finals of the European Championships Gareth Bale has odds of 18/1 with boxing world champion Anthony Joshua at 33/1.

Others in contention are Nick Skelton (40/1), Chris Froome (50/1) and Lewis Hamilton (50/1).

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