WITH so many great sporting achievements in 2017, the names which have arisen for the Sports Personality of the Year award range from well known boxers to lesser-known cricketers.
The first award ceremony first took place in 1954 and over 247,000 people voted for 2016 winner Andy Murray last year.
Getty Images – Getty Anthony Joshua is the favourite to lift the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
When is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?
SPOTY will take place on Sunday, December 17.
The Echo Arena in Liverpool will host the event this year.
The event will be shown live on BBC1 and live streamed on BBC’s website from 6.45pm.
It is expected the winner will be announced just before 9pm – when BBC1 shows The Apprentice final.
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Who is in the running?
ANTHONY JOSHUA who has had an impressive year in the ring including defeating heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley, is a firm favourite for the title.
After securing his fourth Driver’s Championship during this season’s Formula One, Lewis Hamilton is another who is expected to do well.
- Elise Christie – Short Track Speed Skating
- Sir Mo Farah – Athletics
- Chris Froome – Cycling
- Lewis Hamilton – F1
- Anthony Joshua – Boxing
- Harry Kane – Football
- Johanna Konta – Tennis
- Jonnie Peacock – Para-athletics
- Adam Peaty – Swimming
- Jonathan Rea – Motorcycling
- Anya Shrubsole – Cricket
- Bianca Walkden – Taekwondo
Who is the favourite?
BOXER Anthony Joshua is the bookie’s favourite to win (2/9) with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (6/1) behind him.
Who won it last year?
AFP Andy Murray won the award in 2016, his third time picking up the accolade
Andy Murray became the first three-time winner of the award in 2016.
Murray, who won his second Wimbledon title, back-to-back Olympic golds and finished 2016 as World No 1, beat triathlete Alistair Brownlee and horse rider Nick Skelton to the title.
In 2016, swimmer Ellie Robinson won Young Sports Personality of the Year and Leicester City were named Team of the Year.