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Al Jazeera remembers the biggest sporting events of 2012. And there were a few!
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What a sensational sizzling sporting year we have just had! The highlight was the greatest sporting event of them all - the Olympics - landing in London. However, while the Games provided the perfect main course we must not forget all the treats sandwiched either side. Here we look back at just some of the highlights of 2012
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JANUARY: Tennis player Novak Djokovic (L and R) started and ended the year in tip-top form. The season began with a battle of epic proportions between the Serbian and Rafael Nadal at the Australia Open. The longest grand slam final in history ended in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5/7), 7-5 victory for Djokovic which took five hours and 53 minutes. It was the first of many long battles for Djokovic
ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
FEBRUARY: There was a fairytale ending to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia defied the odds against favourites Ivory Coast to win their first title. It was a poignant win with Zambia coach Herve Renard dedicating title to victims of a plane crash that killed 18 members of their team in 1993. Their triumph was in Libreville, Gabon - near to where the fatal crash happened 
FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
MARCH: Wales ended the year slumping down the world rankings but in March they were Champions. With victory over France, Wales won their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years. Fittingly the win came at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and afterwards 250,000 fans descending on the city to celebrate 
Jon Super/AP
APRIL: The Grand National was not so grand in 2012. Just like in 2011, the death of two horses - Synchronised and According to Pete - overshadowed Neptune Collonges (pictured) exciting victory. Changes will be made to the Aintree course for 2013 so hopefully it will not be remembered for more fatalities 
PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
MAY: Does anyone remember the end of the 2011/2012 Premier League season? Well despite all this year's sporting action, you should! The battle of Manchester came to a remarkable crescendo when City fought back with two goals in injury time to win their first title since 1968 on goal difference. You just could not make it up, and if you did, no one would have believed you... 
JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images
JUNE: The domestic seasons were over but fear not oh ye football fans because Euro 2012 was here! Hoorah. June was full of high quality football as the tournament in Poland and Ukraine lived up to hype. But in the end no team came close to defeating reigning champions Spain who thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1st. Viva la Espana! 
STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS
JULY: Now where do we start with you July?! At Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Serena Williams proved they were not past it with nostalgic wins. The Olympics arrived in London but before that we had the Tour de France. One of the toughest competitions on earth was won by Britain's Bradley Wiggins, the first Brit to win the race and a man who captured Europe's affections with his mod style, dry wit and supreme athleticism 
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
AUGUST: There were many glorious moments at London 2012, yet one man still stole the show (no, not the guy on the right). Jamaican Usain Bolt sprinted into the record books by successfully defending his 100 and 200m titles. He was the first man to do so and did it with a wide smile and lovable bravado. An icon was born 
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
SEPTEMBER: Golf fans, welcome to the ride of your lives. Few events legitimately carry the term miracle, but who would argue against the Miracle of Medinah? Europe pulled back a comeback that defied superlatives against America who were 10-6 up. 'To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week,' said Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal
ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
OCTOBER: One thing that defined 2012 was the growing momentum of Twenty20 cricket. Sri Lanka hosted the Twenty20 World Cup but were beaten in the final by a jubilant West Indies team. They danced, they laughed, they partied and they brought the fun back to cricket. But we must not forget the poor Sri Lankans whose defeat was the fourth in as many finals
Clive Mason/Getty Images
NOVEMBER: Rule him out at your peril... Even as Fernando Alonso closed the gap on Sebastian Vettel, the German never looked like a man about to let his third world championship slip through his fingers. The season got the finale it deserved, with the last Grand Prix in Brazil deciding the result. But many of us saw this one coming. As Michael Schumacher retires, a younger German is threatening to dominate for years to come 
STRINGER/REUTERS
DECEMBER: And it would not be right to end this Sporting Photo Review without paying tribute to the South African cricket team and one man in particular. At 37, there's no sign of all-rounder Jacques Kallis calling time on his career. He was central to Proteas maintaining their top ranking as they ended year with Test victory over Australia. So as 2012 disappears slowly from view, who's up for 2013?
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What a sensational sizzling sporting year we have just had! The highlight was the greatest sporting event of them all - the Olympics - landing in London. However, while the Games provided the perfect main course we must not forget all the treats sandwiched either side. Here we look back at just some of the highlights of 2012;*;JANUARY: Tennis player Novak Djokovic (L and R) started and ended the year in tip-top form. The season began with a battle of epic proportions between the Serbian and Rafael Nadal at the Australia Open. The longest grand slam final in history ended in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5/7), 7-5 victory for Djokovic which took five hours and 53 minutes. It was the first of many long battles for Djokovic ;*;FEBRUARY: There was a fairytale ending to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia defied the odds against favourites Ivory Coast to win their first title. It was a poignant win with Zambia coach Herve Renard dedicating title to victims of a plane crash that killed 18 members of their team in 1993. Their triumph was in Libreville, Gabon - near to where the fatal crash happened ;*;MARCH: Wales ended the year slumping down the world rankings but in March they were Champions. With victory over France, Wales won their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years. Fittingly the win came at Cardiff(***)s Millennium Stadium and afterwards 250,000 fans descending on the city to celebrate ;*;APRIL: The Grand National was not so grand in 2012. Just like in 2011, the death of two horses - Synchronised and According to Pete - overshadowed Neptune Collonges (pictured) exciting victory. Changes will be made to the Aintree course for 2013 so hopefully it will not be remembered for more fatalities ;*;MAY: Does anyone remember the end of the 2011/2012 Premier League season? Well despite all this year(***)s sporting action, you should! The battle of Manchester came to a remarkable crescendo when City fought back with two goals in injury time to win their first title since 1968 on goal difference. You just could not make it up, and if you did, no one would have believed you... ;*;JUNE: The domestic seasons were over but fear not oh ye football fans because Euro 2012 was here! Hoorah. June was full of high quality football as the tournament in Poland and Ukraine lived up to hype. But in the end no team came close to defeating reigning champions Spain who thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1st. Viva la Espana! ;*;JULY: Now where do we start with you July?! At Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Serena Williams proved they were not past it with nostalgic wins. The Olympics arrived in London but before that we had the Tour de France. One of the toughest competitions on earth was won by Britain(***)s Bradley Wiggins, the first Brit to win the race and a man who captured Europe(***)s affections with his mod style, dry wit and supreme athleticism ;*;AUGUST: There were many glorious moments at London 2012, yet one man still stole the show (no, not the guy on the right). Jamaican Usain Bolt sprinted into the record books by successfully defending his 100 and 200m titles. He was the first man to do so and did it with a wide smile and lovable bravado. An icon was born ;*;SEPTEMBER: Golf fans, welcome to the ride of your lives. Few events legitimately carry the term miracle, but who would argue against the Miracle of Medinah? Europe pulled back a comeback that defied superlatives against America who were 10-6 up. (***)To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week,(***) said Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal;*;OCTOBER: One thing that defined 2012 was the growing momentum of Twenty20 cricket. Sri Lanka hosted the Twenty20 World Cup but were beaten in the final by a jubilant West Indies team. They danced, they laughed, they partied and they brought the fun back to cricket. But we must not forget the poor Sri Lankans whose defeat was the fourth in as many finals;*;NOVEMBER: Rule him out at your peril... Even as Fernando Alonso closed the gap on Sebastian Vettel, the German never looked like a man about to let his third world championship slip through his fingers. The season got the finale it deserved, with the last Grand Prix in Brazil deciding the result. But many of us saw this one coming. As Michael Schumacher retires, a younger German is threatening to dominate for years to come ;*;DECEMBER: And it would not be right to end this Sporting Photo Review without paying tribute to the South African cricket team and one man in particular. At 37, there(***)s no sign of all-rounder Jacques Kallis calling time on his career. He was central to Proteas maintaining their top ranking as they ended year with Test victory over Australia. So as 2012 disappears slowly from view, who(***)s up for 2013? Daylife ID:
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What a sensational sizzling sporting year we have just had! The highlight was the greatest sporting event of them all - the Olympics - landing in London. However, while the Games provided the perfect main course we mustn't forget all the treats sandwiched either side. Here we look back at just some of the highlights of 2012, starting with January...

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:18:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0coJgJC3gBcpuMark J. TerrillAPAP Photo

What a sensational sizzling sporting year we have just had! The highlight was the greatest sporting event of them all - the Olympics - landing in London. However, while the Games provided the perfect main course we mustn't forget all the treats sandwiched either side. Here we look back at just some of the highlights of 2012, starting with January...

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JANUARY: Tennis player Novak Djokovic (L and R) started and ended the year in tip-top form. Who can forget the epic battle between the Serbian and Rafael Nadal at the first major of the year in Australia? The longest grand slam final history ended in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5/7), 7-5 victory for Djokovic which lasted five hours and 53 minutes. It was also Djokovic's third straight grand slam victory

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:11:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0a6Lc0L2T3gonSASA DJORDJEVICAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

JANUARY: Tennis player Novak Djokovic (L and R) started and ended the year in tip-top form. Who can forget the epic battle between the Serbian and Rafael Nadal at the first major of the year in Australia? The longest grand slam final history ended in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5/7), 7-5 victory for Djokovic which lasted five hours and 53 minutes. It was also Djokovic's third straight grand slam victory

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic p
Zambia's national football team playershttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=054x1cs9Tyh1G

FEBRUARY: There was a fairy-tale end to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia defied the odds against favourites Ivory Coast to win their first title. It was a poignant win with Zambia coach Herve Renard dedicating win to the victims of a plane crash that killed 18 members of their team in 1993. The win happened in Libreville, Gabon near where the fatal crash occurred 

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=054x1cs9Tyh1GISSOUF SANOGOAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

FEBRUARY: There was a fairy-tale end to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia defied the odds against favourites Ivory Coast to win their first title. It was a poignant win with Zambia coach Herve Renard dedicating win to the victims of a plane crash that killed 18 members of their team in 1993. The win happened in Libreville, Gabon near where the fatal crash occurred 

Zambia's national football team players
Wales players celebrate their victory afhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0dr2a9d4ZU9Dn

MARCH: Wales ended the year slumping down the world rankings but we must not forget that in March they were Champions. With victory over France, Wales won their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years. Fittingly the win came at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium with 250,000 fans descending on the city to celebrate 

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:46:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0dr2a9d4ZU9DnFRANCK FIFEAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

MARCH: Wales ended the year slumping down the world rankings but we must not forget that in March they were Champions. With victory over France, Wales won their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years. Fittingly the win came at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium with 250,000 fans descending on the city to celebrate 

Wales players celebrate their victory af
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APRIL: The Grand National was not so grand in 2012. Just like in 2011, the death of two horses - Synchronised and According to Pete - overshadowed Neptune Collonges (pictured) narrow and exciting victory. Changes will be made to the Aintree course for 2013 and hopefully it will not be remembered for more fatalities 

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0dnxc6kang9rcJon SuperAPAP Photo

APRIL: The Grand National was not so grand in 2012. Just like in 2011, the death of two horses - Synchronised and According to Pete - overshadowed Neptune Collonges (pictured) narrow and exciting victory. Changes will be made to the Aintree course for 2013 and hopefully it will not be remembered for more fatalities 

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Manchester City's Belgian captain Vincenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0br7h2bcAq6Qf

MAY: With so much sporting action, it could have been easy to overlook the end of the 2011/2012 Premier League season. But why would you want to forget the most dramatic season finale of the competition's history? The battle of Manchester came to a remarkable crescendo when City fought back with two goals in injury time against QPR to win their first title since 1968 on goal difference. You just couldn't have made it up, and if you did, no one would have believed you... 

Sun, 13 May 2012 18:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0br7h2bcAq6QfPAUL ELLISAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

MAY: With so much sporting action, it could have been easy to overlook the end of the 2011/2012 Premier League season. But why would you want to forget the most dramatic season finale of the competition's history? The battle of Manchester came to a remarkable crescendo when City fought back with two goals in injury time against QPR to win their first title since 1968 on goal difference. You just couldn't have made it up, and if you did, no one would have believed you... 

Manchester City's Belgian captain Vincen
General view of the opening ceremony prihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0dyLd3gd9P8yG

JUNE: The football domestic seasons were over but fear not oh ye football fans because Euro 2012 was just around the corner. June was full of the highest quality football as the tournament held in Poland and Ukraine lived up to all the hype, in a good way. But in the end no team came even close to defeating reigning champions Spain who thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1st 

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:16:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0dyLd3gd9P8yGJANEK SKARZYNSKIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

JUNE: The football domestic seasons were over but fear not oh ye football fans because Euro 2012 was just around the corner. June was full of the highest quality football as the tournament held in Poland and Ukraine lived up to all the hype, in a good way. But in the end no team came even close to defeating reigning champions Spain who thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1st 

General view of the opening ceremony pri
Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain holds up his arm as he crosses the finish line during the individual time trial of the 19th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartreshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0aUT1C91p3dTZ

JULY: Now where do we start with you July?! At Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Serena Williams proved they were not past it with nostalgic wins. The Olympics arrived in London town but before that we had the Tour de France. One of the toughest sporting competitions on earth was won by Britain's Bradley Wiggins, the first Brit to ever win the race and a man who captured Europe's affections with his mod style, dry wit and supreme athleticism 

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:33:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0aUT1C91p3dTZSTEPHANE MAHEREUTERSReuters Pictures

JULY: Now where do we start with you July?! At Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Serena Williams proved they were not past it with nostalgic wins. The Olympics arrived in London town but before that we had the Tour de France. One of the toughest sporting competitions on earth was won by Britain's Bradley Wiggins, the first Brit to ever win the race and a man who captured Europe's affections with his mod style, dry wit and supreme athleticism 

Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain holds up his arm as he crosses the finish line during the individual time trial of the 19th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartres
Olympics Day 9 - Athleticshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0cg55GP0NgcYW

AUGUST: There were many glorious moments at the London 2012 Games, yet one man still stole the show. Jamaican Usain Bolt sprinted into the record books by successfully defending his 100 and 200 m titles. He was the first man to do so and did it all with a cheeky smile and mischievous bravado. An icon was born 

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 22:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0cg55GP0NgcYWStreeter LeckaGetty ImagesGetty Images

AUGUST: There were many glorious moments at the London 2012 Games, yet one man still stole the show. Jamaican Usain Bolt sprinted into the record books by successfully defending his 100 and 200 m titles. He was the first man to do so and did it all with a cheeky smile and mischievous bravado. An icon was born 

Olympics Day 9 - Athletics
GLF-RYDER CUP-EUROPE-USAhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=04boePZcQd9nE

SEPTEMBER: Golf fans, welcome to the ride of your lives. Few sporting events legitimately carry the term miracle, but who would dare argue against the Miracle of Medinah? Team Europe pulled back a comeback that defies superlatives against America who were 10-6 after two days' play. "To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week," said Europe's captain Jose Maria Olazabal

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:43:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=04boePZcQd9nEBRENDAN SMIALOWSKIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

SEPTEMBER: Golf fans, welcome to the ride of your lives. Few sporting events legitimately carry the term miracle, but who would dare argue against the Miracle of Medinah? Team Europe pulled back a comeback that defies superlatives against America who were 10-6 after two days' play. "To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week," said Europe's captain Jose Maria Olazabal

GLF-RYDER CUP-EUROPE-USA
CRICKET-ICC-WORLD-T20-FINAL-WIS-SRIhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=09Q66X9f9Zgkg

OCTOBER: One thing that defined 2012 was the growing momentum of Twenty20 cricket. Sri Lanka hosted the Twenty20 World Cup but were beaten in the final by a jubilant West Indies team. They danced, they laughed, they partied and they brought the fun back to cricket. But we must not forget the poor Sri Lankans whose defeat was the fourth in as many finals

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 17:50:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=09Q66X9f9ZgkgISHARA S.KODIKARAAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

OCTOBER: One thing that defined 2012 was the growing momentum of Twenty20 cricket. Sri Lanka hosted the Twenty20 World Cup but were beaten in the final by a jubilant West Indies team. They danced, they laughed, they partied and they brought the fun back to cricket. But we must not forget the poor Sri Lankans whose defeat was the fourth in as many finals

CRICKET-ICC-WORLD-T20-FINAL-WIS-SRI
F1 Grand Prix of Brazilhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=027K7hd1xO6mC

NOVEMBER: Rule him out at your peril... Even as Fernando Alonso closed the gap on his rival Sebastian Vettel, the German never looked like a man about to let his third world championship slip through his fingers. The season got the finale it deserved, with the last Grand Prix in Brazil deciding the result. But many of us saw this one coming. As Michael Schumacher retires, a younger German is threatening to dominate for years to come 

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:47:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=027K7hd1xO6mCClive MasonGetty ImagesGetty Images

NOVEMBER: Rule him out at your peril... Even as Fernando Alonso closed the gap on his rival Sebastian Vettel, the German never looked like a man about to let his third world championship slip through his fingers. The season got the finale it deserved, with the last Grand Prix in Brazil deciding the result. But many of us saw this one coming. As Michael Schumacher retires, a younger German is threatening to dominate for years to come 

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
South Africa's Kallis plays a shot off a ball from Australia's Starc at the WACA in Perth during the third day's play of the third cricket test matchhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0gqLeQifJtbAn

DECEMBER: And it wouldn't be right to end this Sporting Review without paying tribute to the South African cricket team and one man in particular. At 37, there is no sign of formidable all-rounder Jacques Kallis calling time on his career. He was central to South Africa maintaining their top ranking as they ended the year with Test victory over Australia. So now that year is over, who is up for a bit more sport in 2013?

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Sport-Review-of-2012?image_id=0gqLeQifJtbAnSTRINGERREUTERSReuters Pictures

DECEMBER: And it wouldn't be right to end this Sporting Review without paying tribute to the South African cricket team and one man in particular. At 37, there is no sign of formidable all-rounder Jacques Kallis calling time on his career. He was central to South Africa maintaining their top ranking as they ended the year with Test victory over Australia. So now that year is over, who is up for a bit more sport in 2013?

South Africa's Kallis plays a shot off a ball from Australia's Starc at the WACA in Perth during the third day's play of the third cricket test match


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