Sports Personality of the Year 2013: Andy Murray a red-hot favourite

Last Updated: 13/12/13 4:20pm

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Christine Ohuruogu with her Sportswoman of the Year trophy

Christine Ohuruogu with her Sportswoman of the Year trophy

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Christine Ohuruogu will be bidding for an unprecedented double when the Sports Personality of the Year is announced in Leeds on Sunday night.

The reigning 400m world champion was crowned the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman Of The Year at a glittering awards ceremony earlier this month and is on the shortlist for the SPOTY gong.

But despite her heroics in Moscow in adding a second world title to her Olympic gold and silver medals, the bookies make the popular Londoner a long-shot to do the double.

Sky Bet make Ohuruogu a 400/1 outsider to lift the trophy on Sunday, one of three outsiders listed at that price.

The others are Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft and England batsman Ian Bell.

But nine of the contenders on the 10-strong shortlist would have to be classed as long shots according to the bookies, with Andy Murray listed at a prohibitive 1/28 at the top of the boards.

The Scot became the first British male Wimbledon singles winner for 77 years back in July and would appear to be a shoe-in for the SPOTY gong.

But the former US Open champion will not be attending the star-studded event on Sunday night, preferring to stay in training camp in Florida for the Australian Open at the start of next year.

That is unlikely to count against him with voters but his absence will cast a shadow over the event, if, as expected, he wins by a landslide.

Upset

Sky Bet reckon AP McCoy is the most likely candidate to upset the Murray bandwagon, making the record-breaking jockey a 14/1 shot.

McCoy, voted Sports Personality in 2010, won an unprecedented 18th consecutive champion jump jockey title and recently became the first jumps jockey to pass 4,000 winners.

But the strength of the shortlist reflects the strength of British sport in recent years - the days when underachieving household favourites could look to win SPOTY are long gone.

All 10 candidates have had outsanding years and most could expect to hack up for the trophy in earlier years.

Mo Farah won double gold in the World Championships, Chris Froome claimed the Tour de France while Justin Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open for more than 40 years.

The other candidates are record-breaking sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and Wales and Lions star Leigh Halfpenny.

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