The sport provided a huge adrenaline rush in 2021 with some incredible stories to savor in an intense and often life-changing year.
There were ups and downs, and moments of raw emotion where athletes pushed the boundaries and revealed their human vulnerabilities. At the start of December, Formula 1 escalated drama and controversy as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the world title by overtaking seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.
Nothing was as intense, however, as those minutes that seemed like hours when medics worked to save the life of Dane Christian Eriksen on the pitch in his team’s opener at the European Championship. of football. His teammates gathered around him and watched as millions watched TV after the midfield collapsed.
Lionel Messi shed tears in his last press conference ahead of his shocking move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain after the club where he had spent his entire playing career could no longer afford his services. Messi was playing for Argentina when Brazilian health inspectors rushed onto the pitch in the middle of South America’s biggest soccer game, suspending the World Cup qualifier due to a violation of COVID-19 quarantine by some players.
The athlete struggling with mental health also opened up an important discussion. In tennis, world number one female Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros, explaining that she had suffered from depression for nearly three years and that her post-match media duties were affecting her mental well-being.
Then American gymnast and gold medal favorite Simone Biles dropped out of competition under pressure to be the biggest star of the Tokyo Olympics. INCREDIBLE MOMENTS
These Games have also provided some incredible moments that only the biggest sporting events can deliver. Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi took home the World Athletics Inspiration Prize after persuading organizers to let them share the gold in the high jump.
Norway’s Karsten Warholm broke the world record to win gold in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, one of the great Olympic races of all time. The collapse of world tennis number one Novak Djokovic in the Tokyo semi-finals and the US Open final will also be remembered for a long time, as the Serbian lost his chance to win the Golden Slam.
Emma Raducanu netted her championship point to complete a fairy tale at the US Open as the 18-year-old became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first Briton to win a major tournament since 1977. Former doubles world number one Peng Shuai Allegations of assault on a former Chinese vice premier and subsequent disappearance have resulted in the Women’s Tennis Association suspending tournaments in China with political implications.
In February, Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after sustaining multiple injuries when his car pulled off the road, resulting in surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. NFL great Tom Brady continued to defy time at 43 as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 31-9 beating from the defending Kansas City Chiefs champion to win his seventh Super Bowl in his first season after leaving the New England Patriots.
Cricket also produced some âawesome momentsâ at the end of 2021. Ajaz Patel of New Zealand became the third bowler to win 10 wickets in a practice round, against India, and the Ashes have started with a bang as Australian Mitchell Starc beat Englishman Rory Burns. with the first ball of the series.
It was the first time this had happened in an Ashes series in 85 years, and certainly a “wow moment” – although it might not have been the biggest surprise since it was also the Burns’ sixth test duck of the year.
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