Kane, Fury, Mead: Who could win the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

Sports Personality of the Year contenders

Emma Raducanu is the reigning Sports Personality of the Year, but who are this year’s main contenders? 

Raducanu, who stormed to US Open victory last September, became the first woman to win the award since Zara Tindall in 2006 and the youngest winner since Ian Black in 1958. 

Meanwhile, diver Tom Daley was second and swimmer Adam Peaty finished third. 

This year has already seen the home nations win a record number of medals at the Commonwealth Games and the England Lionesses claim their first ever major football tournament silverware on home soil at Euro 2022

And though there have already been a plethora of standout individuals, there is still time for more British athletes to stake a claim, with the women’s Rugby League and Union World Cups, as well as the men’s FIFA World Cup still to come this winter. 

GiveMeSport looks at who the favourites are for this year’s prize: 

Emma Raducanu is favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Emma Raducanu is favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Beth Mead – Football 

Mead inspired the Lionesses to victory at Euro 2022 – finishing as the tournament’s top goalscorer and winning the Player of the Tournament. 

With more than 70 goal contributions for club and country last season, Mead has been nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or Féminin award. 

Beth Mead with her Player of the Tournament award at Euro 2022
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Beth Mead of England is awarded with the Top Goalscorer and Player of the Tournament awards after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan – Snooker

Having turned professional 30 years ago, O’Sullivan remains the world’s best snooker player and is ranked number one in the world. 

This year, he beat Judd Trump at the Crucible to clinch his seventh World Championship title –– equalling Stephen Hendry’s all-time record. 

Ronnie O'Sullivan shares details on upcoming documentary
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Ronnie O’Sullivan of England poses with the Betfred World Snooker Championship trophy after winning the Betfred World Snooker Championship Final match between Judd Trump of England and Ronnie O’Sullivan of England during Day Seventeen of the Betfred World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on May 02, 2022 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Holly Doyle – Horse Racing

Doyle came third in the 2020 Sports Personality of the Year and was named The Sunday Times sportswoman of the year. 

This year, she became the first female jockey to win a French Classic and the first British female jockey to win a European Classic when she rode Nashwa to victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. 

Hollie Doyle at Newmarket Races
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Hollie Doyle poses at Newmarket Racecourse on September 22, 2022 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Tyson Fury – Boxing

Fury has had a frosty relationship with the Sports Personality Awards in the past. 

Last year, the heavyweight boxer was nominated for the award, despite demanding not to be and he subsequently urged his supporters not to vote. 

This year, Fury beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley to retain the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles and may well be nominated again. 

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Sarah Hunter – Rugby Union 

Hunter captains the Red Roses and her side are currently on a record 25-match win streak. 

England head into this year’s World Cup as the number one ranked side in the world and Hunter will surely be in contention for the Sports Personality award if England win the tournament. 

Sarah Hunter scores try vs Wales
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Sarah Hunter of England touches down to score their team’s tenth try during the TikTok Women’s Six Nations match between England and Wales at Kingsholm Stadium on April 09, 2022 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Harry Kane – Football

Kane now has 51 goals for England and is only two away from equalling Wayne Rooney’s record. 

He could well surpass the former Man United star at this year’s World Cup and if Gareth Southgate’s side do manage to go one better than they did at the Euros – then Kane is absolutely guaranteed to be on the shortlist.

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