2015 was filled with so many moments of excitement and moments that will be remembered for a long time in the world of sport.
From Tyson Fury to Usain Bolt to Floyd Mayweather- the biggest moments often included some of the biggest characters in sport. From Barcelona to the All Blacks to the New England Patriots- many of the biggest moments also included some of the greatest teams on the planet.
Beijing World Athletics Championships
Beijing played host to yet another spectacular Athletics Tournament when the World Championships went to China in 2015.
As always, Usain Bolt stole the show as he proved the doubters wrong to beat America’s Justin Gatlin to the 100m title. Many called it the win that saved Athletics after the controversial Gatlin entered the race as the favourite with many fearful that Bolt was off the pace. The world erupted when the Jamaican icon clinched the win by 0.01 seconds, even the BBC commentary team and presenters looked far too pleased to see Bolt’s famous victory routine.
Categorising the entire World Championships as one big moment means I can also talk about the success of Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill, who returned from childbirth to take the heptathlon gold. Likewise, Mo Farah also produced an extraordinary performance as he became a double gold medallist yet again, winning both the 5000m and 10000m races.
Barcelona win the treble
Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko
Many will overlook Tyson Fury’s win as one of the biggest sporting moments in 2015. The fact Klitschko was finally beaten means it certainly is. Fury delivered after promising so much in the build up to the fight and putting so much on the line with his antics in press conferences. It was always going to be a big event when Fury came dressed as Batman to meet with the media before singing to Klitschko at an open workout session. Whether people like him or not, Tyson Fury pulled off one of the most famous wins in Boxing, even if it did highlight a weak Heavyweight division.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula 1 World Title
Lewis Hamilton became only the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to win three Formula 1 World Championships when he secured the title with a win in the US Gran Prix. The Mercedes driver came out on top having battled hard with teammate Nico Rosberg all season.
New Zealand win the 2015 Rugby World Cup
All Black legends Richie McCaw and Dan Carter said the perfect farewell as they helped their side retain their World Cup title, becoming the first team ever to do so. New Zealand won 34-17 after resisting a strong Australia fight back late on. Hosting the Rugby World Cup goes down as a famous moment in England’s sporting history.
Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the ring
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came up against one another in a bout labelled as The Fight Of The Century. Despite the buildup, the fight panned out as many quietly suspected it would- very few big shots and a Mayweather win after 12 rounds. Nevertheless, this was a fight that fans had been keen to see for years therefore it is certainly one of the biggest sporting events of 2015. It proved to be a Mayweather masterclass.
It also marked the extension of Mayweather’s incredible undefeated run to 48-0 which he went on to further with a win over Andre Berto. This seemed to put things to rest in terms of settling the long running debate over how Mayweather would fair against Pacquiao. Could we see a surprise rematch in 2016?
Britain win the Davis Cup
Andy Murray helped Great Britain to their first Davis Cup win since 1936 with a decisive singles win over Belgium’s David Goffin. Murray earned a large share of the plaudits as he joined John McEnroe and Mats Wilander as the only men to record an unbeaten record of 8-0 in a Davis Cup year. The Scot relished under the captaincy of childhood coach Leon Smith and was quick to make sure teammates James Ward and Jamie Murray also received the recognition they deserved for the contributions.
An exciting 2015 MotoGP Season
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won his third Moto GP title after finishing first in the final race of the season in Valencia. Lorenzo won his seventh race of the season to take the title having begun the race 7 points behind Valentino Rossi- who was forced to start the final race from the back of the grid after being penalised for previously clashing with Marc Marquez.
Conor McGregor becomes UFC Featherweight Champion
13 seconds, that’s how long it took Conor McGregor to beat the number one pound-for-pound ranked UFC fighter in the world. McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo with a clinical left hand in the fastest time in any UFC title fight.
Super Bowl XLIX
Quarterback Tom Brady put in an MVP performance as he helped the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Brady threw four touchdown passes and set a new record for career touchdown passes in the Super Bowl with 13- bettering that of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana. The Seahawks had come back from being 7-0 and 14-7 down to lead 24-14, eventually putting the Patriots 10 points down midway through the 4th quarter.
New England came out victorious after Brady threw a winning pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman with just over two minutes to go before Patriots cornerback Malcom Butler intercepted a Seahawks pass on the goal line with just 20 seconds left. This was the first Super Bowl in 10 years for the Patriots.
Looking back, its fair to say that 2016 has a lot to live up to.