The Greatest Sporting Moments Of 2009: A Year Of Highs and Lows
As it's my first contribution to this site and as the year is coming to a close, I feel it is best to ponder and look back on the best sporting moments of this year.
If I'm being honest, I didn't believe 2009 would throw up too many. Sport has become too professional and too commercialised in some areas which can sometimes ruin the sport as a spectacle. This is turn creates less iconic moments and not so much great sporting drama these days. However, when they do come about, it's definitely worth mentioning.
My first sporting moment of 2009 goes to the British and Irish Lions Tour in South Africa. Being an avid rugby fan and having experienced the appalling 2005 British Lions Tour already, I was not expecting the 2009 tour to be any different.
However one of my great sporting moments has to go to the British and Irish Lions tour of in South Africa, which at times was unbelievable to watch and always very exciting.
The 2nd test match of the tour is arguably the greatest rugby test match of all time, for its drama and unpredictability, as well as key moments that swayed the match to and fro.
Rob Kearney's try, as well as the performance of Stephen Jones at fly half, and the Lions forward pack made the game competitive and also combative at times. The confrontation of the two teams early in the first half and the competition at scrum time set the tone between the two teams.
Even though we lost that day and ultimately the tour, it still stands as one of my favourite Lions Tours. Boys became men on this tour and the experience will live with them forever.
One sporting moment that may not be familiar with everyone is the feat achieved by Mark Cavendish at this years Tour De France. It was only last year he achieved the mean feat of winning 4 of 21 Stages. However, this year he topped that by winning six, including his Stage 21 win at the Champs-Elysees.
He is credited as the fastest sprint cyclist in the world and being young, still has plenty in the tank for future. The Olympics may not have been his moment, but winning his 10th overall stage at this years Tour De France at the Champs-Elysees makes the Olympics seem a long time ago.
My final sporting moment of 2009 has to go to Usain Bolt. He became a phenomenon in 2008 by winning the Olympic 100m sprint streaks ahead of everyone else and what's more, he didn't even look like he'd broken a sweat.
However, this year at the World Championships in Berlin, his 200m world record left me amazed. After coming so close in 2008, I had a feeling he would finally crack Michael Johnson's record, but not for one moment did I believe he would do it so convincingly. For me I believe the time 19.19 may never be broken, not even by the man himself.
I'm sure there are many different views on what I have chosen and I may have forgotten some obvious choices. However, for me these moments stick in my mind and made this sporting year a great one.
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