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Top five Australian sporting moments of 2021

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 From the heroics at the Tokyo Games to a 57-year drought broken in the AFL there were plenty of sporting highs to keep Aussies entertained in 2021.

 

5) Ashes Victory

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The Australian cricket team was rocked when Tim Paine announced his resignation as Test captain, after details of a sexting scandal emerged in the lead-up to the Ashes series.

Fast-bowler Pat Cummins was unveiled as Australia’s new Test captain for the 2021-22 Ashes series against England.

Australia had a perfect start to the series at the Gabba after Mitchell Starc bowled England opener Rory Burns with the first ball of the series.

Australia clinched a nine-wicket victory in the opening Test in Brisbane.

Cummins was ruled out of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after being deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Despite the disruption, Australia clinched a 275 run victory over England to seal a 2-nil series lead.

Australia retained the Ashes in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, winning by an innings and 14 runs.

Aussie debutant Scott Boland won the Mullagh Medal after taking six wickets for seven runs.

 

4) Bronze Boomers

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After four failed attempts to win bronze at the Olympics, the Boomers finally got the medal they desperately wanted in Tokyo.

Australian flag-bearer Patty Mills made certain history would not repeat itself, sinking a game-high 42 points in the 107-93 win over Slovenia.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it’s taken a lot of experiences, a lot of ups, a lot of downs for us to get over the hump,” Mills said, at the time.

“It’s our culture at the end of the day, the Australian culture, our Aussie spirit, the boys being able to hang together and realise what it means to be able to represent your country, for it to come pouring out in moments like this.”

 

3) Dees end AFL premiership drought

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The AFL’s longest premiership drought was broken in a historic grand final played in Perth.

After 57 long years, Melbourne Demons overcame a shaky start against the Western Bulldogs to storm home in the second half and win 21.14 (140) to 10.6 (66).

The win is Melbourne’s first premiership since 1964.

Demons’ midfielder Christian Petracca won the Norm Smith Medal, kicking two goals and had 39 disposals, equaling the grand-final record.

 

2) Ash wins Wimbledon

Ipswich’s Ash Barty clinched the Wimbledon title, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 in the final.

The world number one joined her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court to become just the third Australian woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

 

1)Golden swimmers

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Australia celebrated its best performance in the swimming pool at the Tokyo Olympics; taking home nine gold medals, three silver and eight bronze medals.

Emma McKeon bagged seven medals, including four gold medals in the 100m and 50m individual freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay.

Launceston golden girl, Ariarne Titmus took down American superstar Katie Ledecky in the 400m and 200m freestyle finals.

Titmus passed Ledecky on the last lap of the 400m final, to clinch gold, with coach Dean Boxall seen celebrating wildly in the stands.

 

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