Here is the top 5 sporting moments of 2011:

5 F1: Canadian Grand Prix

…slide off the track…

A rain-soaked circuit made for probably the F1 race of the season. It had literally everything! A collision between McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, a rain delay for 2 hours, numerous safety cars, and a memorable final lap which saw Sebastian Vettel slide off the track to give Button a magnificent victory. At one point Button had been running last, and his drive through the field to win the race must rank as one of the best drives in recent seasons. The race was, quite simply, 4 hours of tremendous F1 action!

4 Manchester United 8 – 2 Arsenal

…Arsenal were humiliated in the second half…

Looking back on it, it is still hard to really believe the result of this game. Arsenal had made a poor start to the season, but no one really expected them to capitulate so completely against Manchester United. 3-1 down at half-time, Arsenal were humiliated in the second half as Manchester United ran riot, scoring five goals including a hat-trick for Wayne Rooney. However, it might have been the result that finally kicked Arsenal into life, as they have been much improved since that defeat. But, come the end of the season, it is certain that this will be looked back on as one of the seasons’ most memorable matches. 

3 Mo Farah – World Championship 5,000m gold medal

…first British man to win a gold medal…

What a year 2011 was for Mo Farah. Having already set a new British national record for the 5,000m and a new British and European record for the 10,000m, Farah went to the World Championships in Deagu and won gold for Britain in the 5,000m. In doing so he became the first British man to win a gold medal at this distance. This means he must now be considered as one of Great Britain’s major medal hopes for the Olympics next year. It was a major sporting moment partly because it was unexpected, but also because it marked the first significant breakthrough for a British athlete at 5,000m and 10,000m.

2 England v Australia 5th Test – Sydney

…retained the Ashes by virtue…

Going into the 5th Test of the 2010-2011 Ashes series, England had already retained the Ashes by virtue of an innings victory in the 4th Test in Melbourne. However, it was the 5th Test that really demonstrated England’s total superiority over the Australians. Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Matt Prior all made centuries, as England dominated the match to win by an innings and 83 runs. It was the first time a touring side had won three tests by an innings in a single series, and a memorable way for England to exact revenge for their 5-0 series defeat in Australia in 2006-07.

1 Novak Djokovic – Wimbledon

…rank as one of the greatest…

Like Mo Farah, Novak Djokovic had a superb 2011. He won ten tournaments including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. It was his victory at Wimbledon that stands out as a particular highlight. Djokovic played wonderfully throughout the tournament, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final to reach his first Wimbledon final. In the final he played Rafael Nadal who, with Roger Federer, must rank as one of the greatest players in recent times. By beating Nadal in four sets, he won his first Wimbledon title, and ensured that he must now be considered alongside Nadal and Roger Federer, as one of the best players on the tour. 


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