Every year without doubt delivers on some great moments in sport and 2019 was no different. Old rivalries battled it out, records were broken, world cups were payed out and new superstars emerged. It’s not easy to pick the best moment in sport over a year long period but the bellow are our pick and if you’d like to add anything to the list, please comment below or send us and email.
Toronto Raptors – NBA
No team outside the USA has ever won the NBA , but in 2019 the Toronto Raptors stormed through the NBA and made the NBA finals for the first time ever. They would meet the current NBA champions – Golden State Warriors in the final. But the Raptor made history by denying the then-two-time defending NBA-champions Warriors, and winning the championship for the fist time ever. Playing for the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career.
Wimbledon has a great history of underdogs and in 2019 a new star was born at Wimbledon, Fifteen-year-old tennis player Coco Gauff won the hearts and minds of millions around the world when she scored an upset victory over her idol, Venus Williams, and became the youngest player in history to advance to the round of 16. Her winning streak was ended by the much higher ranked Simona Halep, but Coco was the star of Wimbledon 2019 and she followed this up with her first WTA win at Linz Open, Austria in October.
In the mens draw it became a fans dream when old rivals Nadal and Roger Federer met in the Semi Finals. This was always going to be a great contest but it was the elder GOAT who easily beat his old rival 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. This set up the dream Wimbledon final Federer V Djokovic, the younger and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Federer in an epic four hours and 57 minutes five setter, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12.
Tiger Woods comeback
It’s definitely billed as one of the greatest comebacks in sports. Tiger made a ripping start to 2019 and another major was the one millions of golf fans around the world wanted him to win. Tiger answered with a master class in golf at the 2019 Masters and won. With his latest title Tiger Woods claimed his 15th major title, ending an 11-year drought since his last championship.
Eliud Kipchoge – sub 2 hour marathon
For long distance runners, running a sub 2 hour marathon has been the holy grail. It’s been highly publicised and attempted in exhibitions and races for years, but on Saturday the 10th of October 2019, 34 year old Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge did it! He made history by setting a new world-record time 1hr 59min 40.2sec for running the famous 26.2 miles distance in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge had previously made history in September 2019 made history setting a new world-record time for the Fastest marathon when he completed the BMW Berlin Marathon in just 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds.
Rugby World Cup 2019
The 2019 and ninth edition of Rugby World cup has been by far the biggest so far. The competition produced ample drama, suspense and some big shocks.
England destroying the favourites, All Blacks in the semi finals was a sight to behold. Just like at the previous world cup, host nation Japan as always were full of surprises and global admiration for their effort, heart and play. They beat Ireland and Scotland in the pools only to be beaten by South Africa in the Quarters. It was another very forgetful world cup for Ireland who started poorly but made it out of the pool stages only to be easily beaten by a far superior New Zealand side.
It was South Africa who shone the brightest though, they caused the big upset beating favourites England 32- 12 to end and amazing 2019 World Cup.
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