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Joe Wicks in running to win SPOTY 2020 after raising £80k for NHS as nation’s PE workout teacher in coronavirus lockdown

RUNNING ON THE SPOTY

BOOKIES have made fitness guru Joe Wicks fifth favourite to win the 2020 Sports Personality of the Year award following his efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

The Body Coach is getting the nation active despite the lockdown.

Online PE lessons for all ages have been a huge hit, with money raised for the NHS.

Medical staff fighting Covid-19 will get a share of £80,000 raised through the fitness videos and have helped make Wicks a potential SPOTY candidate.

The latest Ladbrokes odds place Wicks, 33, as 25/1 fifth favourite for the honour.

Leading the way is heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, rated at 4/6 after completing his stunning seventh-round victory over Deontay Wilder in February.

Lewis Hamilton is 8/1 to claim his second SPOTY gong as he charges towards a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world title.

Another heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, is 12/1 having reclaimed his world title belts with victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

And Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson comes in at 16/1 for leading the Reds to a seemingly inevitable Premier League triumph - their first top-flight title in 30 years.

Despite football's suspension, there is still plenty of time for Henderson to lift the trophy with SPOTY 2020 not actually taking place until December.

SPOTY 2020 LATEST ODDS

Tyson Fury - 4/6

Lewis Hamilton - 8/1

Anthony Joshua - 12/1

Jordan Henderson - 16/1

Joe Wicks - 25/1

Ronnie O'Sullivan - 25/1

Andy Murray - 33/1

Ben Stokes - 50/1

Harry Kane - 50/1

(Source: Ladbrokes)

Last year's winner Ben Stokes - who is 50/1 to lift the trophy this year - was yet to achieve either of his crowning glories at this time in 2019, his World Cup and Ashes exploits coming in the summer.

But Wicks is set to remain in the limelight with the coronavirus pandemic showing little sign of easing up.

The fitness guru has been offered a multi-million pound deal to help create a health food range with Tesco and is even giving his online classes with a broken hand.

Joe Wicks gives a tour of his workout studio as he goes to hospital for hand injury

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