Best Sporting Moments Ever
The list of best sporting moments ever by UK athletes must include the 2013 Wimbledon Championship by tennis prodigy Andy Murray, and the three gold medals won by British track and field members on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the London Olympics by Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford in the long jump and Mo Farah in the 10000 m.
Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon Championship was an incredible feat. It had been 77 years since the last British player, Fred Perry, had won this prestigious event. This event is a classic example of sports where men and women compete together. Murray overcame the weight of having an entire country’s hopes on his back and playing against the best player in the world in Novak Djokovic and won the most prestigious title in men’s tennis, the Wimbledon Championship, in straight sets. The embarrassment that has been men’s tennis for England had now been redeemed by Andy Murray’s win.
Another of the best sporting moments ever by UK athletes has to be the track and field victories by Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford at the 2012 Olympics on the same day. Jessica won heptathlon gold and Mo Farah won the 10000 m race and Greg Rutherford won the men’s long jump. Each of the winners had to deal with massive media scrutiny and pressure and to win on the same day in front of a capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium was an incredible feat of athletic performance and mental toughness. The benefits of playing sports are considerable in more ways than one.
Jessica Ennis has endured the questions about whether she would be able to capitalize on the immense potential she showed when she won the 2009 women’s world heptathlon championships in Berlin. She has had to deal with foot injuries and the media openly questioning whether she had the mental and physical toughness to win on home soil against the best in the world.
Shortly after Jessica’s win in the heptathlon (which is different to a decathlon) Britain won another Olympic gold. Greg Rutherford, a UK long jumper a relative unknown to the sporting public before 2012, completed his outstanding season by winning the long jump with a leap of 8.31m. His win was then matched by Mo Farah who sprinted by his competition on the last lap of his 10000 m race to win the gold medal and complete an unprecedented day in the history of British athletics.
Three Olympic gold medals earned on the same day on home soil in front of approximately 80,000 spectators in the Olympic stadium and television viewers all over the world. The legacy of the Olympic games must surely attract sports for younger people, keeping them out of trouble.
These Olympic accomplishments along with Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon Championship are some of the best sporting moments ever by UK athletes and should never be forgotten.