As 2019 draws to a close, let’s cast our minds back to the most memorable sporting moments that gripped the world. Covering a range of sports, we look at the epic battles of athletes striving to become the champion of their game.
Here are the most notable sporting moments of 2019.
January: Australian Open won by Djokovic
Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in a one-sided battle to be crowned king of the court in the Australian Open final. Dominating the serve and outclassing his opponent, the 15th time Grand Slam winner made history, becoming the first male tennis player to win the Australian Open seven times.
February: The Patriots win the Super Bowl
The New England Patriots claimed victory over the Los Angeles Rams to be awarded their record trying sixth Super Bowl win – history made.
March: Wales claim victory at the Six Nations
27th time Six Nations champions defeated rivals, and defending champions, Ireland. In one of the most impressive comebacks in tournament history, Wales claimed their first Grand Slam title since 2012 at the Principality Stadium.
April: Boat race & London Marathon
Full of excitement and press coverage, the build up to the London Marathon was not to be missed. As expected, Eliud Kipchoge triumphed to the very end of the men’s race with Brigid Kosgei becoming victorious in the women’s battle for first place.
The annual boat race battle between rivals Oxford and Cambridge took place along the Thames River in April. The Cambridge teams, which included the double Olympic champion James Cracknell, soared to victory in both the men’s and women’s race.
May: Liverpool Champions League win
One of the momentous footballing moments in history saw an all-English battle in the Champions League final. Liverpool beat Tottenham in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metroplitano Stadium in Madrid, making them six time European Champions.
June: Andy Ruiz Jr’s shock victory over Anthony Joshua
When the highly acclaimed British boxer, Anthony Joshua, was defeated by the underdog Andy Ruiz Jr, it stunned the world of boxing fans. As Joshua’s original opponent was disqualified due to a positive drug test, Andy Ruiz was welcomed to the ring; dethroning the reigning heavyweight champion.
July: Cricket World Cup won by England – Rohit Sharma highest run scorer
England beat New Zealand for the first time in an enthralling Men’s Cricket World Cup final. Crowned champions of the sport, England fought to the very end with the first tie in a final of a World Cup.
Interesting fact: The Indian Cricketer, Rohit Sharma, scored the most runs score at the World Cup rally in 2019.
August: European Men’s & Women’s Hockey Championships in Belgium
The 2019 Men’s and Women’s European Hockey Championships took place in Antwerp, Belgium. The Netherlands rose to victory in the ladies game beating Germany with the host nation Belgium, conquering Spain in the men’s final.
September: South Africa win Rugby World Cup
South Africa became the three time World Champions after becoming victorious over rivals England. Spectators were at the edge of their seats at the Nissan Stadium in Japan. Fighting to the very end, South Africa were crowned champions in a 12-32 win.
October: World Series Baseball
Becoming victorious for the first time, the Washington Nationals won the World Series after thrashing the Houston Astros. The 6-2 win secured their victory in the final after being the first team to have a winning spell across a seven match series.
November: Biggest crowd ever for a women’s football match – England vs Germany
A record crowd of over 77,000 saw Germany beating rivals England in a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium. The biggest crowd for a women’s football game highlighted the growing phenomenon of the women’s game, with almost double the crowd from 2014.
December: England beat South Africa in Netball Series
England win the Netball Series over South Africa after mapping out victory in the Capital, Cape Town. Bouncing back from their World Cup frustrations, England won 59-53 against their rivals.
A star-studded sporting line-up came out in force in 2019 – and it didn’t disappoint! With surprising victories, record-breaking crowds and World Cup wins, it’s been a gripping year for sport.
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