1) Best time for UK sport in 2021? Emma Raducanu is very likely to win the US Open, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. It is with my apologies to Mark Cavendish, who returned from a virtual retirement from the race to win four stages of the Tour de France and the green jersey and become, alongside Eddy Merckx, the winner of the greatest number. stages of the Tour, where the winner of the GC was the irresistible Tadej Pogacar. At the Tokyo Olympics, the GB team won 65 medals, finishing fourth in the medal table,
2) The Olympics Social Team kindly put together a 10-minute clip of some of the best moments of Tokyo 2020. Here is the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony as well, both taking place in front of an empty Olympic stadium. For the host nation, women’s skateboarding was perhaps the highlight, with two medalists 13 and one 16 as well. And world records in the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles finals of Karsten Warholm and Sydney McLaughlin.
3) What tournament, don’t mention the final. Here are the 142 goals scored at Euro 2020, a shorter selection of the best strikes and here is the official UEFA review film. Top stops too, including Englishman Jordan Pickford and Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma. How did Croydon Boxpark react when England crushed Ukraine in the quarterfinals? Not as savagely as the Italians celebrated their victory.
4) It was the year of Rachael Blackmore in National Hunting Races, becoming the first woman to mount a Grand National winner on Minella Times. She also dominated the Cheltenham Festival behind closed doors, riding the Champion winner Hurdle on Honeysuckle as one of six winners of the week, making her her first jockey. She had to settle for second place on A Plus Tard at Minella Indo, ridden by Jack Kennedy. Blackmore was by no means the only successful female jockey with Bryony Frost straddling Greaneteen and claiming two wins at Sandown.
5) This 247 foot birdie frisbee was “amazing” as the commentator puts it. Kevin Jones will see that 247-foot effort and rise to an incredible 530 feet. Jordan Cox of Kent shows seriousness and coolness Line up at the Border on the day of the Vitality Blast finale. By the way, Australia won their very first T20 World Cup, beating New Zealand in Dubai.
6) It’s been a hell of a year for viral clips of our amazing world of stable sport, of a cricket bat thrown at a teammate, a mid-match Bolivian whirlwind, a surf odyssey, sh ! Classic milli and badminton frenzy.
7) Save the best for last? Devonte ‘Graham of the New Orleans Pelicans hits a 61-foot shot at the buzzer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder. Or how about a nine-dart finish from William Borland to Ally Pally?