The Most Memorable Sporting Moments in 2016

Though 2016, as a whole, has been a pretty terrible year for us all, it's been a great year for sport. Here's a summary of what we believe to be the top 10 sporting moments in 2016...

10) Wales beat Belgium to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016

After topping England's group, Chris Coleman's Wales side continued their run of solid performances by knocking out one of the best sides in Europe, Belgium, in the Quarter Finals of the European Championships. Gareth Bale and co shocked football fans all around the globe by going on to achieve Wales' best ever tournament finish. Hal-Robson Kanu, who was a free agent at the time, scored the goal of the tournament by executing a manoeuvre that sent two Belgium defenders off for a hot dog. The 3-1 win was secured when Burnley frontman Sam Vokes headed past Thibaut Courtois. A goal that many of us England fans even cheered. This was without doubt Wales' greatest night in their football history, and boy did they celebrate!

9) Tyson Fury defeats boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the world.

The charismatic, outspoken "Gypsy King" truly shocked the world with this one, in what was arguably one of the biggest boxing upsets ever. Fury beat boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko (who was undefeated for 10 years prior to the fight) by unanimous decision. The heavyweight champion has since been in trouble, with media stories claiming he tested positive for cocaine use. After being stripped of his title, Fury then announced his "retirement" on twitter, saying that boxing is a "pile of s**t". Three hours later, he stated that the Gypsy King is "here to stay". A rematch between Klitschko and Fury has been discussed; there are a few people out there that would love to see Vladimir get his revenge and KO the controversial "fat man".

8) Mo Farah wins double Olympic gold to retain both the 5000m and 10,000m titles; making him Great Britain's most decorated track and field athlete ever.

Mo winning the double gold in London was a massive feat in itself, but to do it again 4 years later in Rio is absolutely remarkable. Britain hasn't exactly been blessed with world-class track-and-field athletes over the past few years, but Farah has certainly broken that mould. Two amazing runs featuring Farah's trademark sprint finish saw the Brit reclaim both his Olympic titles to become Great Britain's most successful athlete.

7) Bradley Wiggins wins 5th Olympic gold medal to become Britain's most successful Olympian ever (with a total of 8 Olympic medals).

Upon winning his 5th gold medal with a new world record time in the men's team pursuit, Sir Bradley Wiggins surpassed Hoy in becoming the Great Britain's most decorated Olympian to date. Great Britain completely dominated the cycling track in Rio, winning a total of 10 cycling medals, including 6 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes. Jason Kenny equalled Sir Chris Hoy's record of six gold medals following his dramatic victory in the men's Keirin. This came hours after his fiancé, Laura Trott won gold in the women's Omnium to become the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals. A superb effort from team GB.

6) The Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, take gold and silver medals in the men's triathlon.

The two brothers were neck and neck throughout the majority of the race, with Alistair only pulling away from Jonny halfway through the 10k run. Both managed to conquer the gruelling conditions and cross the line as gold and silver medallists - a proud day for the Brownlee family and a well-earned celebration of two incredible athletes. Winner of the gold, Alistair, later made the headlines by selflessly helping his brother (who was virtually collapsing) across the line ahead of him in the Triathlon World Series in Mexico. That's brotherly love for you.

5) Jamie Vardy breaks record to become the first ever player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.

"It's 11! It's heaven for Jamie Vardy!" These were Martin Tyler's words when the boy who was playing non-league football 4 years ago for Fleetwood, who Leicester signed for just £1m, ran through and slotted past David De Gea to break Ruud Van Nistleroy's record by scoring 11 matches in a row - an utterly phenomenal achievement and arguably the greatest personal sporting feat of the year. It wasn't just the standard of the goals themselves (there were a few belters in there - his volley against Liverpool certainty being one), it was the sheer importance that they added to Leicester's unbelievable title run. Vardy, supported by Riyad Mahrez and co, seemed to adopt the role of the main protagonist in the ultimate footballing fairytale story.

4) Andy Murray becomes the first British tennis player to reach world number one.

The British number one finally got his thoroughly deserved upgrade to world number one. Following a fantastic year in which he won Wimbledon, another Olympic gold and reached a total of 11 finals in 12 events, the Scot's hard work eventually paid off as he passed Novak Djokovic in the world rankings. Murray just needed to reach the final of the Paris Masters to claim the number one spot - luckily, his opponent Milos Raonic pulled out of their semi-final match, giving the Wimbledon Champion a free pass into the final and the official bragging rights of being the best ranked tennis player in the world. Nice one, Andy.

3) Neymar scores the deciding penalty kick to win Brazil the Olympic Gold.

The sixth Olympic moment in our list, but we really couldn't leave this one out. Brazilian superstar Neymar fulfilled what seemed like his and Brazil's destiny by converting the decisive penalty in front of a packed crowd of jubilant fans inside the Maracana stadium. Although the Olympic football tournament isn't exactly regarded as the most prestigious competition, it meant absolutely everything to the Brazilian players and their fans. Still healing from their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World-Cup (in front of their own fans), Brazil knew this was their chance to put things right and put their nation where it should, and so often has been; on top of the footballing world. It was a hugely momentous occasion that was made that much sweeter by the dramatic, climactic shootout. For the home nation, this was the ultimate moment of the games - a gold medal in the one sport that they all love so much.

2) England crash out of Euro 2016 after a 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

Be honest, you smiled when you saw that England had drawn Iceland in the last 16 of the Euros. Regardless of how terrible our performances had been in the tournament, a tie against a country whose manager also works as a dentist, would surely mean a guaranteed place in the Quarters? Well, the thing we all forgot is...this is England. Despite England taking the lead through a Wayne Rooney penalty, Iceland showed incredible spirit to claw their way back into the game and comeback to win 2-1. The unthinkable became reality. Hats off to Iceland, an unbelievable achievement. This, however, surely has to go down as the most shocking moment in the history of English football. Congratulations, Roy Hodgson.

1) Leicester City confirmed as Premier League champions following Spurs' 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

5000/1. Need I say more? Let's put that into perspective. At the start of the year, the bookies deemed a comeback from Elvis Presley (2000/1) and the discovery of the Loch Ness monster (500/1) to be more likely than Leicester winning the title. Well, Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City defied the inconceivable odds in what was without doubt the most incredible achievement in the history of football; and maybe even sport. The magnitude of the accomplishment is almost indescribable and verges on the edge of impossible. Their relentless hard-work, determination and team spirit was enough to get Leicester over the line and become the unthinkable champions of England - a truly remarkable moment that will probably never be topped. The footage of the Leicester City boys gathered at Jamie Vardy's house wearing Chelsea shirts and celebrating Hazard's equaliser against Spurs was something quite special - Jamie Vardy actually did have his party.

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