Sporting Highlights for 2012
The year 2012 was another great year in sport. The major event of this year was the London Olympic Games. The USA finished on top of the medal tally, above China and the UK (TeamGB). The superstar was Usain Bolt winning the 100/200m double again.
The biggest story to rock the sporting world was Lance Armstrong being banned from the sport for life, and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. In golf, Europe defeated the USA 14½ to 13½ in a miraculous comeback on the final day.
Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title, matching the record held by Pete Sampras.
The 2012 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards went to tennis player Novak Djokovic and long distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot.
What was your highlight? Take the poll of the Greatest 2012 Sporting Highlight.
Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 2012.
|Jan 16-29||Tennis||Australia Open||Melbourne||Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) in a record longest grand slam final of nearly 6 hrs. Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova in a one sided contest|
|Super Bowl||Indianapolis||New England Patriots v New York Giants, Giants winning 21-17. repeat of 2008 Super Bowl.|
|Apr 2-8||Golf||Masters||Augusta, USA||won by Bubba Watson of the US.|
|May 4-20||Ice Hockey||IIHF 2012 World Men’s Hockey Championship||Helsinki and Stockholm||The Russian national team beat Slovakia in the final 6-2, and were unbeaten in the competition.|
|May 19||Soccer||UEFA Champions League final||Allianz Arena, Munich||Chelsea beat Bayern Munich, after 1-1 at full time Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties.|
|May 27-Jun 10||Tennis||French Open||Paris, France||Men's title won for the 7th time by Spanish player Rafael Nadal. The women's winner was Russian Maria Sharapova.|
|May 30 - June 11||Ice Hockey||Stanley Cup finals||Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils four games to two.|
|June 8 - July 1||Football (Soccer)||Euro 2012||Poland and Ukraine||Spain 4 - Italy 0|
|June 12-21||Basketball||NBA Finals||USA||Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1, to win their second NBA title|
|June 14–17||Golf||US Open||Daly City, California||won by Webb Simpson (USA)|
|June 21-24||Multi||United World Games (largest Student Olympics in Europe)||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|Jun 25-July 8||Tennis||Wimbledon||London, England||Roger Federer (Swiss) and Serena Williams (USA)|
|June 30-July 22||Cycling||Tour de France||France 2012||first-ever win by a British rider, Bradley Wiggins|
|July 19–22||Golf||The Open Championship||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Ernie Els of South Africa|
|July 27-Aug 12||Multi||Summer Olympic Games||London||USA tops medal tally. Usain Bolt won the 100m/200m double.|
|Aug 9–12||Golf||US PGA||Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina||won by Northern Irish Rory McIlroy.|
|Aug 27-Sept 9||Tennis||US Open||New York||Andy Murray won the mens, first UK winner of a men's grand slam singles title for 76 years. Serena Williams won the womens for the 4th time.|
|Aug 29-Sept 9||Multi||Paralympic Games||London|
|Sept 1||American Football||The Notre Dame vs. Navy Emerald Classic||Dublin's Aviva Stadium||Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10|
|Sep 28-30||Golf||Ryder Cup||Medinah Country Club, Illinois, United States.||Europe defeated USA 14½ to 13½ in a miraculous comeback on the final day|
|Sept 29||AFL||Grand Final||Melbourne, Australia||Swans beat Hawks|
|Oct 24-28||Baseball||World Series||Won by the National League champion San Francisco Giants beat the American League champion Detroit Tigers 4-0. It was the Giants' seventh World Series title, second in the last three years.|
If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.
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