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Harry Kane places third in BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

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Not even a World Cup Golden Boot winner can compete with the Tour de France, apparently.

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Harry Kane went into today’s 2018 BBC Sports Personalty Awards as one of, if not the, favorites to take home the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year trophy. It’s the second consecutive year that he has been nominated for the award, but the first time he was considered a favorite to win. Unfortunately, even winning the Golden Boot and leading England to the World Cup semifinals wasn’t enough to get Kane to the finish line as he finished third in voting.

Tour de France winner and Welshman Geraint Thomas won the award, with Formula One racing star Lewis Hamilton coming in second.

I’m given to understand that the award is hugely important, and has been running since 1954. It’s maybe a bit like the ESPYs here in the States, except that the SPotY can be given to any athlete, regardless of sport. Last year’s winner was track and field star Mo Farah. The last time a footballer won the award was in 2009 by Ryan Giggs.

It’s nice to be nominated and I don’t want to be mean, but perhaps the “personality” part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award worked to Kane’s detriment? Just sayin’.