With voting by SJA members in its final week, Mark Cavendish is the 11/10 favourite to win the 2011 SJA Sportsman of the Year Award according to Ladbrokes.
Golfers Darren Clarke (3/1) and Rory McIlroy (6/1) are next in the market along with Mo Farah (also 6/1).
The Sportswoman of the Year betting market looks to be very open with jockey Hayley Turner and swimmer Rebbecca Adlington sharing favouritism at 3/1. Beth Tweddle is 4/1 and Jessica Ennis 5/1.
Ladbrokes believe the Team of the Year Award is almost certainly destined to go to England’s men’s cricket Ashes winning side (1/20). The Solheim Cup team (12/1) and the GB & Ireland Walker Cup team (20/1) appear to offer the most likely opposition.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “England’s cricketers laid down a marker early on in the year and it would be a massive shock to us if anyone trumped them for the award.
“Cavendish looks the man to beat but the fight for the sportswoman’s award is very close with Turner and Adlington leading the way.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
SJA Sportsman of the Year
Mark Cavendish 11/10
Darren Clarke 3/1
Mo Farah 6/1
Rory McIlroy 6/1
Alastair Cook 20/1
Luke Donald 25/1
Dai Greene 25/1
Andrew Strauss 50/1
Andy Murray 50/1
Alistair Brownlee 100/1
Carl Froch 100/1
Amir Khan 100/1
Liam Tancock 100/1
Sam Waley-Cohen 100/1
SJA Sportswoman of the Year
Rebecca Adlington 3/1
Hayley Turner 3/1
Beth Tweddle 4/1
Jessica Ennis 5/1
Helen Jenkins 7/1
Hannah England 12/1
Shelley Rudman 16/1
Keri-Anne Payne 20/1
Sarah Stevenson 25/1
England Men’s Cricket Team 1/20
Europe Solheim Cup team 12/1
GB and Ireland Walker Cup team 20/1
Matt Langridge, Ric Egington, Alex Gregory and Tom James 20/1
Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield 25/1
Kath Grainger and Anna Watkins 50/1
Peter Chambers and Kieren Emery 66/1
Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King and Laura Trott 100/1
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- Who will you vote for as Britain’s Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year? See Ian Cole’s overview of the leading candidates by clicking here.
- Follow news of the SJA British Sports Award on Twitter with the hashtag #SJA2011
- Mo Farah’s historic claim on your votes By Randall Northam
- Mark Cavendish keeps his promise in his race of his life By Richard Williams
- England’s Ashes-winning cricket team are top of the world. By Ian Cole
- Laura Davies gets back on song with Solheim. By Patrick Kidd
- Alastair Cook’s tour helped drag England from the brink. By Ian Cole
- Chrissie Wellington is an Iron Lady who deserves your vote. By Steven Downes
- Nick Matthew, squash’s heir to Barrington. By Rod Gilmour
- Sarah Stevenson gets a big kick from taekwondo. By Trevor Baxter
- Walker Cup amateurs did a professional job. By Paul Trow
- How Greene boy from the valleys overcame hurdles. By Gary Baker
- Clarke gets my vote after year of double delights. By Paul Trow
- Adlington goes to special lengths to win your votes. By Craig Lord
- Nothing half-baked about Storry’s nutty approach. By Sue Mott
- SJA members can cast their votes by clicking here.
- The awards will be presented at our gala annual lunch in London on December 7. Don’t miss out on being there – click here for a ticket booking form, with SJA members entitled to buy two tickets at half the usual price.