The year has come to an end, well almost. And in our #StylewhackRecap2016 series, we already saw the marriages of the year, the divorces and the events which took the internet by fire. Let’s have a recap of all the sports events which made a place in our heart this year!
Sports News of 2016 which made us jump up in glee and sometimes throw the vase on the wall –
The Indian Sports Arena:
1. PV Sindhu won a silver medal in badminton and Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in wrestling at Rio Olympics 2016
Defying all odds and showing killer instincts, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik became the unlikely heroines and saved the country’s pride from returning empty-handed for the first time since Barcelona 1992.
The duo notched a few firsts for India; Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to win an Olympic medal, a silver which was never achieved in badminton; and Sakshi’s bronze was also a first for women’s wrestling.
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2. India produced its best performance in Paralympics by winning 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal
India had sent its largest ever delegation in the history of summer paralympic games i.e.19 competitors in 5 sports.
Also, it has been India’s best ever performance in the history of the summer Paralympic games with a total of 4 medals won (2 Gold , 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) with Devendra Jhajharia breaking the World Record to win a gold medal at the Paralympics. Congratulations Mariyappan Thangavelu, Devendra Jhajharia, Deepa Malik and Varun Singh Bhati!
3. Karun Nair scores a triple century
Karun Nair became only the second Indian to score a triple century in test cricket after Virender Sehwag. Back in March 2008, the MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed the first triple-hundred on Indian soil, as Virender Sehwag plundered 319 against South Africa. Eight-and-a-half years later, the stadium’s revamped stands became the backdrop to the first triple-hundred by any Indian batsman apart from Sehwag. That batsman, Karun Nair, was playing his third Test match, and was only playing because India’s middle order had lost two of its regular occupants to injury.
4. Vijender Singh became the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion
Vijender Singh, in his biggest bout of pro career, beat Kerry Hope (98-92, 98-92, 100-90) to win the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight belt. Vijender extends his winning record to 7-0.
5. India won the Kabaddi World Cup 2016
The final saw familiar contestants in India and Iran with Ahmedabad’s TransStadia Arena the setting for the much fancied event. It was the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 final and Team India were looking to make it three titles in three. For Iran, the target was to avoid making it three losses in three. But after 40 minutes of ferocious kabaddi, the previous sequence of events unraveled with India beating Iran by 38-29 thanks to a heroic second half display.
Rest of the World Sports Arena –
1. Andy Murray becomes Tennis World No. 1
Andy Murray stands on top of the mountain, the 26th player to rise to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings – and the oldest first-time No. 1 since 30-year-old John Newcombe in June 1974.
More than seven years after he first ranked No. 2 on 17 August 2009, Murray’s seven stints in second position have totalled 76 weeks. But by reaching the BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris, the 29 year old has fulfilled a richly deserved long-term goal.
2. Portugal became the European Champions by winning the UEFA Euro 2016 in Football
Portugal defeated the hosts and two-time winners France 1–0 after extra time, with a goal from substitute Éder, to claim their first-ever major tournament title. In doing so, they became the tenth nation to win the UEFA European Football Championship, 12 years after losing their first final at home in 2004.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championships for the first time
For the first time in franchise history, Cleveland Cavaliers became NBA Champions! The team brought home the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Cleveland after defeating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. The 93-89 Game 7 win marked the first time in NBA History that any team has overcome a 3-1 deficit to become NBA Champions!
4. Conor McGregor became the first Two Weight World Champion of the World
Featherweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3) of Ireland became the first mixed martial artist to hold two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles simultaneously when he knocked out lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (28-5) of Philadelphia.
5. Leicester City won the English Premiere League
Leicester City won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time. Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season. But they had lost just three league games in what has been described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.
So what was your favorite sports event of the year? Tell us in the comments below.