As 2013 draws to a close, we take a look back over the most memorable sporting moments from the past 12 months. For this list, we have chosen the moments that were the most memorable, rather than any judgement on the quality of the achievement, and have limited the choice to a maximum of one selection per sport. The list is also limited to memorable moments featuring British and Irish teams or athletes.
1. Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final – 7th July
For ending the 77 year wait for a British winner of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title, and for doing so in straight sets, meaning we could sit back and enjoy it, rather than endure a nail-bitting five set match like his US Open triumph!
2. The British and Irish Lions beat Australia 41-16 in the 3rd Test to clinch the series 2-1 – 6th July
For securing a rare Lions series victory with a blistering second half display that also saw the Lions record their highest ever points total in a Test match.
3. Chris Froome rides to victory on Mont Ventoux – 14th July
For dominating his rivals on one of the Tour’s most iconic stages, a display which signalled that, even with one week still to go, Froome would not relinquish his grip on the yellow jersey.
4. AP McCoy rides his 4,000th winner – 7th November
For the fact that this winner was not only another landmark in an unprecedented career, it also helped him to secure an 18th successive Champion Jockey title, indicating that McCoy is still very much at the top of his game.
5. Christine Ohuruogu wins 400m Gold in Moscow – 12th August
For once again confirming that Ohuruogu is the ultimate Championship performer, running a National Record to pip Amantle Montsho in a photo-finish to become the most successful British female athlete of all time at global events.
6. Justin Rose wins the U.S. Open – 16th June
For finally securing his first major after 4 top 5 finishes and becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
7. New Zealand defeat England 20-18 in the Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final – 23rd November
For the sheer drama of New Zealand’s last-minute try and subsequent conversion which provided a fitting end to a game of great intensity and quality, albeit a heart-breaking end for English fans.
8. Stuart Broad refuses to walk in the 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge – 12th July
For igniting a debate that spread beyond Cricket about the relative merits of fair play against a win at all costs attitude, and for the implications it would have for the result of the match, the series and the ongoing rivalry between the two nations.
9. Wigan defeat Manchester City in the F.A. Cup Final – 11th May
For proving that giant-killing is still alive and well in the F.A. Cup, providing a cup final success for Wigan owner Dave Whelan, 53 years after breaking his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final as a player for Blackburn Rovers.
10. Ronnie O’Sullivan wins his 5th Snooker World Championships – 6th May
For returning after just one competitive game all season to defend his title in dominant style, without losing a single session and racking up 13 Century breaks, including a record six in the final itself.
Do you agree with our list? Which were the most memorable sporting moments of 2013 in your opinion? Let us know in the comment boxes below!