Talking Sport – 2012 in review

Josh Harrison

2012 has been a truly incredible year for sport and many Brits will reflect on the year as the greatest in UK sporting history.
Olympic heroes showed the world we can compete with the biggest nations, Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France and Chelsea defied the odds to win their first Champions league.

Wiggins’ Tour De France success combined with the Gold medal he won in the Olympics earned him the Sports Personality of the year award, but he faced stiff competition from other triumphant Olympians, such as Mo Farah who won the 5,000m and 10,000m; Jess Ennis; Ben Ainslie, and Andy Murray.

Murray followed up his final place at Wimbledon with an Olympic gold victory at Flushing Meadows becoming the first British man to win a grand slam in 76 years.

It was also a memorable year in the premier league as a Sergio Aguero strike deep into added time secured Manchester City their first title in 44 years in the most dramatic fashion.

Their neighbors and bitter rivals Manchester Untied were seconds away from claiming the title once again but two goals in 4 minutes sent the home fans into ecstasy.

It was an iconic moment and there will probably never be such a thrilling conclusion to a season ever again.

The only disappointed of the year has to be the English football teams failure to progress past the quarterfinal stage in major competition once again but that’s something we’ve come to expect from the national side.

It wasn’t long however until the nation’s pride was restored with remarkable performances by so many athletes at the London Olympic and Paralympic games.

In Golf Europe achieved one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history by winning eight and tying one of the 12 singles matches after the U.S led 10-6 and required 4 ½ points to win on the final day.
It was an outstanding comeback and Rory Mcllroy became the youngest multiple major winner since the great Spaniard Everiano Ballesteros 32 years earlier.
The year is drawing to a close but we must build on this years sporting success, children must be encouraged to take up sport from a young age to ensure the next generation can achieve greatness in many different sports.
Hopefully young athletes will be inspired by the sporting heroes of late and will aim to emulate their success but grass roots and amateur levels of sport must be funded and run well, as I’m sure we are going in the right direction in becoming of the best sporting countries in the world.


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