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Australian Sporting Highlights for 2011

As always, it was a great year in sports for Australian athletes and teams.

On the world stage, the Australian women won the World Netball Championships. Highlights for individual athletes: Cyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, hurdler Sally Pearson won the coveted IAAF World Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year award.

Sally Pearson won gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in a championships record time, and was our sole gold medallist.

Samantha Stosur won the US open tennis tournament to become first Aussie woman to win a grand slam event since 1980. NBA player Andrew Bogut was the highest paid Australian athlete for 2011.

The 2011 Don Award, which recognises the sporting achievement of the year which has inspired the people of Australia, was awarded to cyclist Cadel Evans.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in Australian sport for the year 2011.

Date(s) Sport Event Location results
Jan 7–29 Soccer AFC Asian Cup Qatar won by Japan over Australia, 1-0 in extra time.
Jan 17-30 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne singles titles won by Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic
July 3 to 10 Netball World Championships Singapore won by Australia over New Zealand by 1 goal
July 2 - July 24 Cycling Tour de France France 2011 won by Australian Cadel Evans
Aug 29 -Sep 11 Tennis US Open New York Samantha Stosur (Australia) defeated Serena Williams (USA). Novak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Oct 1 AFL Grand Final Melbourne won by Geelong over Collingwood
Oct 2 Rugby League Grand Final Sydney The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles defeated the New Zealand Warriors
Nov 1 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Melbourne won by French horse Dunedin

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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