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YEAR END: International sports review of 2018 infographic

International sports review of 2018

12/17/2018
Graphic News

December 31, 2018 -- A look back at some of the international sports events and personalities that made headlines in 2018. Key events included the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Russia’s successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup. Individuals hitting the heights included cross-country skier Marit Bjorgen, cyclists Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates, rising tennis star Naomi Osaka, golfers Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka, marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Jan 28: Roger Federer wins 20th major title at Australian Open, beating Marin Cilic in five sets

Feb 4: Philadelphia Eagles win first Super Bowl with shock victory over New England Patriots

Feb 9: South Korea host Winter Olympics. Norway win record 39 medals, and skier Marit Bjorgen’s 14th medal makes her most decorated Winter Olympian of all time

Mar 28: Three Australian cricketers are given lengthy bans over ball-tampering affair

Mar 31: Boxer Anthony Joshua beatsJoseph Parker in heavyweight unification bout to hold three of four major title belts

Apr 8: Golfer Patrick Reed wins his first major title at U.S. Masters in Augusta

May 13: Manchester City win Premier League with record 100 points. Barcelona, Juventus and
Bayern Munich secure La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga respectively

May 26: Spanish giants Real Madrid secure third successive Champions League title with win over Liverpool

May 26: Leinster Rugby beat Scarlets to claim historic Pro14 and European Champions Cup double

Jun 7: Washington Capitals hoist first Stanley Cup, toppling Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

Jun 10: Clay court king Rafael Nadal wins 11th title at Roland Garros

Jun 14: Russia stages 21st FIFA World Cup – hosts defy expectations to reach quarter-finals but champions Germany exit at group stage

Jul 15: France beat Croatia to secure second World Cup triumph

Jul 29: Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

Aug 12: Brooks Koepka wins U.S. PGA Championship, first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to claim PGA and U.S. Open in same year

Aug 25: Simon Yates rides to victory in Vuelta a Espana to complete sweep of British wins in 2018 Grand Tours – Chris Froome claims Giro d’Italia in May

Sep 8: Naomi Osaka wins maiden Grand Slam at U.S Open but victory is bittersweet after Serena Williams is penalised for outburst against umpire

Sep 16: Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record, running 2:01:39 in Berlin

Sep 23: Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship, first title in five years

Sep 30: Europe’s golfers defeat USA to win Ryder Cup by 17.5 points to 10.5

Oct 28: Lewis Hamilton secures fifth Formula 1 title, putting him joint second in all-time standings

Oct 31: Boston Red Sox win baseball World Series for 9th time

Nov 3: Simone Biles wins record 14th World Gymnastics gold medal

Nov 3: Enable follows up success at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with victory at Breeders Cup

Nov 5: Novak Djokovic wins ATP Tour Championships, regains No.1 ranking

Dec 1: Boxing heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder contest enthralling draw

Dec 3: Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, breaking decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Dec 9: River Plate beat Boca Juniors to win Copa Libertadores – switched from Argentina to Spain after River fans attack Boca team bus


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