Sport highlights of 2015 (part one)

By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


From England’s women claiming bronze at the World Cup, to Tyson Fury becoming the IBF, IBO and WBO World Heavyweight Champion, Pluto looks back at 2015 in sport.

Below are five events we picked out as the defining moments of the past year.

Women’s World Cup

The Women’s World Cup was a massive success in Canada this summer.

The Lionesses became England’s most successful football team since 1966 as they beat Germany in the match for 3rd place.

England were cruelly knocked out of the semi-finals following an own goal by Laura Bassett in the final stages.

Their success on the pitch gained a lot of attention and has already left a legacy on the game with bigger crowds at Women’s Super League matches and an increase in the number of women playing football at grassroots level.

Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury shocked the world when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO World Heavyweight Champion.

Fury won the contest on a unanimous points decision (115-112, 115-112, 116-111) and made the Ukrainian look toothless at times.

This was Klitschko’s 1st loss since 2004 and the 4th of his professional career which started back in 1996.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton won an unprecedented 3rd Driver’s World Championship to equal his idol; Ayrton Senna’s record.

Hamilton won 10 out of the 19 races this year and finished on 381 points, well ahead of the rest, despite Nico Rosberg winning the last three races of the year following’s the Briton’s title success.

The Mercedes driver dominated from the very first race, holding off tough competition from the likes of Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

This year’s title win also makes him the joint most successful British driver, drawing level with Jackie Stewart.

Netball World Cup

England’s netball team finished 3rd in this year’s World Cup in Australia.

In the match for 3rd place Tracy Neville’s side trailed by five goals at the end of the first quarter but produced a stunning comeback to beat Jamaica 66-44.

The Roses were knocked out of the semi-finals by New Zealand who won 50-39.

It was an emotional tournament for Neville as her father died in hospital during the tournament.

Wales managed to achieve their best finish at a World Cup since 1991, ending the tournament in 7th place.

The Ashes

This year, England hosted The Ashes; a cricket Test series against Australia which takes place every other year.

In the last series Australia thrashed England to win 5-0 but this year was a different story.

England won the first Test by 169 runs but Australia hit back to win the second Test by 405 runs.

With the scores tied at 1-1 England claimed the 3rd Test by eight wickets, and the 4th by an innings and 78 runs to storm to an unassailable 3-1 lead.

What has been the sport highlight of 2015 for you? Comment below!

For part two, click here

 

 

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