There’s been a lot going on in 2016, some exciting things — some less positive. But on a sporting front, the UK has had a lot to shout about.
Andy Murray ends the year as No. 1 player in the world
This has been a brilliant year for Andy Murray who won his second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic singles gold medal and an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals title. As well as finishing the year as the No.1 player in the world, Andy and his brother Jamie Murray became the first brothers to finish as year end No. 1 ranked players in singles and doubles tennis. And if that wasn’t enough, Andy won Sports Personality of the Year Award for the third time in a row last Sunday. We’re really looking forward to seeing what else he can achieve in 2017. Maybe winning the four grand slam titles?
Leicester City wins the Premier League title
I think everyone was surprised by Leicester’s unlikely triumph but it was great to see the city celebrating their amazing success. After Leicester drew 1-1 against Manchester United, Tottenham needed to win all three of its remaining league games, but ended up drawing with rivals Chelsea. That meant Leicester City was the winner of the Premier League. It’s always good to see the underdog coming out on top.
Team GB did us proud at the Olympic Games in Rio
Finishing second in gold medals to the United States and third in overall medals after the US and China, Great Britain won gold medals across more different sports than any other nation at the games. The team also topped the medal tables in cycling, sailing, triathlon, golf and rowing, and won gold in golf, diving and gymnastics for the first time. We’re incredibly proud of the team and can’t wait for Tokyo in 2020.
Wales has an unprecedented year in sporting success
From football heroes to Olympic athletes, we all turned Welsh this summer as we cheered on the Wales football team at the European Championships in June and watched the Welsh athletes scoop 10 medals at the Olympic Games. Olympic Taekwondo gold medallist, Jade Jones, was named BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality 2016, up against footballer Gareth Bale and cyclist Elinor Barker