Australian Sporting Highlights in 2013

The year 2013. Another successful year in sports for Australian athletes. Australian women won the Cricket World Cup held in India. Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in a play-off. Also in golf, Australian Jason Day won the individual title of the Golf World Cup, and with Adam Scott winning the team event.

After a dismal performance in England, the Aussie cricketers redeemed themselves in the Ashes part 2, winning the series 5-0. In December, surfer Mick Fanning produced two consecutive clutch performances to claim his third world title in spectacular fashion. In Rugby League, Queensland won its eighth consecutive State of Origin.

However, the big sporting news of the year was off the sporting field - major sports were rocked with doping allegations, particularly those associated with the 'sport scientist' Dank who administered possible banned substances. This has caused turmoil in many of the clubs that he was associated with over the years, and is still ongoing.

The 2013 Don Award, which recognises the sporting achievement of the year which has inspired the people of Australia, was awarded to golfer Adam Scott.

US based basketballer Andrew Bogut was the highest paid Australian athlete for 2013 with earnings of $16 million.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in Australian sport for the year 2013.

Date(s) Sport Event Location Results
Jan 14-27 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne Andy Murray beat Roger Federer to get into the final, but again Novak Djokovic was too good in the final, winning his third in a row. Victoria Azarenka repeated her 2012 victory, beating Li Na.
Jan 31 - Feb 17 Cricket ODI World Cup for Women Mumbai, India Won by Australia, beating the West Indies in the final by 114 runs.
Feb 4-17 Skiing World Championships Schladming, Austria Aussies claimed two gold, two silver and four bronze medals, and finished ranked 3rd nation.
March 2-19 Baseball World Baseball Classic Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and USA. Australia finished last out of 16 teams with a 0-3 record.
Apr 11-14 Golf Masters Augusta, USA Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters, beating Angel Cabrera in play-off.
May 11-18 Multi-sports Arafura Games Darwin The NT government decided to defer this year's Arafura Games.
June 6-23 Cricket (ODI) ICC Champions Trophy England and Wales The tournament was won by India. Australia did not win any of its three group games and so did not progress.
June 28-30 Rugby 7s Rugby World Cup Sevens Moscow, Russia The Australia women's team won the Plate (the losing quarter finalists contest the Plate competition). The men did not qualify for the tournament.
Jun 13–16 Golf US Open Ardmore, Pennsylvania The best placed Australia was Jason Day, who finished in a tie for second.
June 29-July 21 Cycling Tour de France France 2013 The Australia team Orica-GreenEdge performed credibly in their second tour, even holding the yellow jersey a couple of times.
July 10-Aug 25 Cricket The Ashes England The series was won by England 3-0.
July 18–21 Golf British Open Muirfield, Gullane East Lothian The highest placed was Adam Scott tied for 3rd
July 20 - Aug 4 Swimming World Swimming Champs Barcelona, Spain Australia won 14 medals, including three gold, all in swimming, finishing 6th on the medal tally.
Aug 8-11 Golf US PGA Oak Hill, Rochester NY Adam Scott tied for 5th
Aug 10-18 Athletics World Championships Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Russia. Australians won 3 medals. Silver to Sally Pearson (100m hurdles and Kimberley Mickle (javelin throw), and Bronze to Jared Tallent in the Men's 50 km walk.
Aug 26 -Sep 8 Tennis US Open New York Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua were the only players to make the final, losing to a Czech team in the women's doubles.
Sept 28 AFL Grand Final Melbourne Hawthorn beat Fremantle by 15 points
Oct 6 Rugby League Grand Final Sydney Sydney Roosters beat Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 to 18.
Oct 26 - Nov 30 Rugby League World Cup England & Wales Australia won, beating New Zealand 34-2 in the final. It was their tenth win of the tournament.
Nov 5 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia Won by Fiorente, the first win by Gai Waterhouse, and third Melbourne Cup victory for jockey Damien Oliver. Fiorente was second in 2012.
Nov 21-Jan 7 Cricket The Ashes Australia Australia dominated the series 5-0

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