The best and worst sporting moments of 2021

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It has been another astonishing year of sporting drama, featuring Champions League glory for Chelsea, a stunning tennis triumph for Emma Raducanu, the most dramatic F1 season in living memory and on-field agony combined with off-field shame at the Euro 2020 final.

Here, the PA news agency looks back on five of the best and worst sporting moments of 2021.

Best moments

Raducanu’s fairytale in New York

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu reacts after winning the women’s singles final on day 12 of the US Open (Michael Nagle/Xinhua via PA)

Olympic high jumpers decide to share gold

The delayed Tokyo Olympics provided many memorable moments from a British perspective, with Tom Dean and Adam Peaty both winning two gold medals in the pool and team-mate Duncan Scott becoming the first British athlete to win four Olympic medals in a single Games. However, arguably the most joyous moment came when high jumpers Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to share the Olympic title rather than face a jump-off. Tamberi was thrilled with Barshim’s offer and instantly accepted before jumping into his rival’s arms.

Verstappen snatches controversial F1 title

Max Verstappen
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates alongside team principal Christian Horner after winning his first Formula One world championship title (PA Wire)

Chelsea win the Champions League

Chelsea players celebrate after beating Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto as City’s Sergio Aguero (right) appears dejected (Adam Davy/PA)

Mickelson makes history

Nine days after accepting a special exemption for the US Open, Phil Mickelson rendered it unnecessary in amazing fashion by becoming the oldest winner in major championship history. Mickelson held his nerve during a pulsating final round at Kiawah Island to win his sixth major title in the 103rd US PGA Championship, 16 years on from lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the first time. The 50-year-old was a 280-1 outsider at the start of the week but a closing 73 was enough to finish two shots ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. Julius Boros had been the previous oldest major champion, claiming the US PGA title in 1968 at the age of 48.

Worst moments

Euro 2020 final

Euro 2020 final
There were chaotic scenes at Wembley (Handout photo provided by Baroness Casey Review)

Christian Eriksen

Ryder Cup defeat

Ryder Cup
Team USA celebrate with the Ryder Cup after their record 19-9 victory over Europe at Whistling Straits (Anthony Behar/PA)

Rahm suffers double Covid-19 blow

Jon Rahm looked set to make a successful defence of his title in the prestigious Memorial Tournament after completing his third round with a six-shot lead, only to be told before he left the 18th green that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had to withdraw. The world number one bounced back brilliantly to win his first major title in the US Open 15 days later, only to test positive again shortly before the Olympics and have to miss the Games in Tokyo.

Tiger Woods’ car accident

Tiger Woods car accident
The vehicle driven by Tiger Woods on the back of a truck in Los Angeles after he suffered leg injuries when the vehicle rolled over (Keiran Southern/PA)

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