Eurosport have run their own poll about sports personalities of the year 2020 and here are the results:
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN WINS EUROSPORT SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the Eurosport British Sportsperson of the Year. Marcus Rashford was recognised for his deeds on and off the pitch, and Formula One record-breaker Lewis Hamilton placed third. Read on for the rest of the placings for the remaining five spots voted for by you.
Ronnie O’Sullivan was the overwhelming winner of Eurosport’s British Sportsperson of the Year.
The 44-year-old snooker legend received almost half (44%) of the total votes cast, shared between eight of the best of British sport.
2020 was the year when O’Sullivan finally ended his wait of seven years for another World Championship, beating Ding Junhui, Mark Williams, Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson along the way.
In second place was Marcus Rashford (15%), who earned his recognition for his activity off the pitch as much as his deeds on it. Rashford was at the heart of a campaign to secure vulnerable British children free school meals over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, in the face of sustained opposition from the British government.
Rashford also has 21 goals in the 2020 calendar year and is on course to beat his 22-goal record if he continues his current scoring rate for the 2020/21 season. He also has received an MBE for his services to children, aged just 23.
In third (12%), Lewis Hamilton won his fourth consecutive drivers’ championship – his seventh so far – and broke Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix victories. Away from the track, he donated to help fight back against the damage done by wildfires in Australia, and spearheaded the Black Lives Matter movement amongst the Formula One paddock.
Jonathan Rea placed fourth (9%) after another dominant season in the World Superbike championship. The Northern Ireland racer was on every podium but one after the coronavirus-enforced restart, and won his sixth straight world championship.
In joint fourth (also 9%) was Judd Trump. While O’Sullivan won the Worlds, Trump pulled off victories in the Northern Ireland Open, the English Open, the Gibraltar Open, Players Championship and German Masters. At just 31 there is almost certainly much more to come.
Sixth place went to football Lucy Bronze (5%), who enjoyed another superb season. The 29-year-old England international won the Champions League and French domestic double with Lyon, and then moved back to the Women’s Super League to join Manchester City in September.
Tao Geoghegan Hart (3%) capped a fine year off with his seventh place recognition. After Geraint Thomas had to withdraw from Team Ineos’ Giro d’Italia challenge, it was the 25-year-old rider who stepped up to shock almost everyone to seize victory. In what may be a less frenetic season in 2021, there is no clear limit to his potential.
Fellow cyclist Lizzie Deignan also impressed, and earned an eight place spot (2%) after topping the UCI World Rankings, in part due to victories at La Course and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
- Ronnie O’Sullivan – 44%
- Marcus Rashford – 15%
- Lewis Hamilton – 12%
- Jonathan Rea – 9%
- Judd Trump – 9%
- Lucy Bronze – 5%
- Tao Geoghegan Hart – 3%
- Lizzie Deignan – 2%
I believe that Ronnie’s emphatic win as well as Judd Trump’s presence as 5th in the list shows that Eurosport, not BBC, is now the main snooker channel, even in the UK. It really has become the “House of Snooker”. Well done Eurosport!
3 thoughts on “Ronnie is Eurosport’s Sports Personality of the 2020 year”
I mean he works for them, this is a bit awkward
It was a vote by the public, and open to non UK people as well, even if it was about UK sportspersons and run by Eurosport UK. . I voted. I expect the votes to have been cast mainly by people watching Eurosport and following their social media activity. It’s via their social media that I found out about the poll. Ronnie is hugely popular in mainland Europe, western and eastern. Eurosport doesn’t cover formula 1 nor do they cover the Football Premier League, Despite this, Hamilton and Rashford got a fair share of votes, and deservedly so. Eurosports shows a lot of tennis, winter sports, and other sports where there are no prominent Brits. They don’t show horse racing or boxing. Somehow that was reflected in their “nominations” : snooker, cycling, women football , superbike are all sports they broadcast. Ronnie’s huge share of votes is actually a great result for snooker: it shows that it’s probably one of the most popular sports in Eurosport portfolio.
with that I agree. I think snooker has become Eurosport’s most popular coverage by far
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