Make me your Homepage
left corner left corner
China Daily Website

Yearender: Olympics sparkle at height of magical British summer

Updated: 2012-12-28 09:16

LONDON - London defied Britain's wettest summer for 100 years, potential transport and security chaos and a depressed economy to stage a marvellous 2012 Olympics during a magical year for British sport.

Over the past century Britons have become resigned to watching the rest of the world beat them at games they had either invented or codified at the height of the island nation's imperial splendour.

This year, to their fans' surprise and delight, British teams and athletes surpassed themselves across a range of sports, including third place in the Olympic medals' table behind the world's two great economic powers the United States and China.

Englishman Bradley Wiggins, who looks like a throwback to the English beat groups of the swinging sixties with his mop of hair and straggling sideburns, became the first Briton to win the Tour de France prior to taking a fourth Olympic gold medal.

Yearender: Olympics sparkle at height of magical British summer

Britain's Andy Murray receives the trophy after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept 10, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

After finishing runner-up in four grand slam finals during a vintage era for men's tennis, Scotland's Andy Murray finally made the breakthrough as the first British male in 76 years to win one of the big four titles with victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open.

And Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, winner of four PGA titles including the PGA championship by a record eight strokes, was awarded the annual Jack Nicklaus award for player-of-the-year. At the age of 23 he was the youngest recipient since Tiger Woods in 1997.

Related stories about Yearender 2012 Series:

Yearender 2012 China sports: Li Na 'playing herself'

Yearender 2012 China sports: Chinese badminton makes history but overshadowed by match-fixing scandal

Yearender 2012 China sports: Bitter-sweet year for Chinese basketball

Yearender 2012 soccer: Glory for Spain and Messi but problems never far away

Yearender 2012 basketball: Lebron shines brightest on every stage

Yearender 2012 tennis: Golden year for Murray, regrets for Nadal

Yearender 2012 golf: Celtic Tiger and emerging China shine in 2012

Yearender 2012 cycling: Armstrong case sends shockwaves

Yearender 2012 motor racing: Vettel takes triple in year of surprises












Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Page

Hot Topics
Rough and tough world of soldiers' training