By Robert Osoro
As the New Year finally settles down, 2013 will remain one of the most colossal year in the world of sports with many highs and lows. The Nairobi Digest Sports columnist Robert Osoro compiled top sports stories that marked the year.
Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
Murray had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry’s 1936 win at the All England Club. Fred Perry won eight Grand Slam titles – three Wimbledon’s, one French Open, three US Opens and one Australian Open. Murray has reached seven Grand Slam finals, behind Fred Perry on 10.The Dunblane native becomes Scotland’s first Wimbledon singles champion since Harold Mahony in 1896, and Britain’s first since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Cycling maestro Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all the seven tour de France titles in his carrier. Lance Armstrong has spent the past year dealing with the consequences of his drug cheating in all the tour de France wins but can you believe it was a lady who first said to Armstrong that he had to stop doping. Emma O’Reilly was a soigneur on the US Postal cycling team Armstrong represented in winning the first six of his seven Tour de France titles. Her job was to feed him, massage him, and take care of his every need so he could focus on riding his bike. Not only that; she used concealer from her make-up bag to cover up needle marks on his arm and travelled to Spain to collect banned substances on his behalf. She was also the person who first told the truth.
Bayern Munich Treble
After losing to Chelsea at home in the Uefa champions’ league final in 2002 Bayern Munich had to go back to the drawing board. Yes they came back and not to make a statement but to write history. Under the leadership of Jupp Heynckes Bayern Munich became the first German team to win the Bundesliga, the European Cup and the German Cup in the same season.
Bayern became the first German team to win the treble of league, main domestic cup and European Cup in the same season.
They are the seventh overall after Celtic in 1967, Ajax in 1972, PSV Eindhoven in 1988, Manchester United in 1999, Barcelona in 2009 and Inter Milan in 2010.
RAFAEL NADAL COMEBACK
Rafael Nadal reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world by beating StanislasWawrinka 7-6, 7-6 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. It completed an impressive year which saw the Spaniard fight his way back from injury and climb to the pinnacle of tennis despite sitting out the calendar’s first Grand Slam tournament.
But Nadal allayed all fears with a convincing victory at the Indian Wells Masters in March, beating Roger Federer on his way to dispatching Juan Martin Del Potro in the final. He won his sixth tournament of 2013 at May’s Rome Masters over Federer and was clearly back in top-flight form following a disappointing end to 2012.
ALEX FERGURSON RETIREMENT
The long-serving Manchester United coach shocked the football fraternity by announcing his retirement on 8 May 2013. He won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and the Champions League twice in his 26 and a half years in charge.
After leaving the mantle to fellow Scot man David Moyes Sir Alex Ferguson released his memoirs of all his life in football most especially at Old Traford, and after just two months on the shelves, ‘My Autobiography’ has sold more than 647,000 copies.
SACHIN TENDULKAR RETIREMENT.
Indian legendary Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar also retired from cricket. Started playing cricket at a tender age of 16yrs and managed to play 24 good years helping to make cricket a religion in India than a just a game.
Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket after playing his 200th and final Test. India went on to win the second and final Test against the West Indies in Mumbai by innings and 126 runs to seal the series 2-0 and present Tendulkar with a perfect farewell gift.
Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins.
Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including the French Open and US Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch. Her winning streak was the longest since her sister, Venus, had a 35-match run in 2000.
Oscar Pistorius leapt to fame at the 2012 London Olympic Games, when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympic Games, reaching the 400 meter semi-finals in London. But hewas back in the news when he was charged with shooting his girlfriend dead on Valentine’s Day.
Nicknamed Blade Runner, Pistorius had become a hero among the South African public for his efforts on the athletic track, but they struggled to cope with suggestion their idol had been charged with murder.
In seconds, a scene of celebration transformed into one of carnage, as two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. Authorities soon identified two suspects 26yearold Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police, and his brother, Dzhokhar, 20, who faces multiple charges, including 17 that carry a possible death penalty. Though jolted by the bombings and a subsequent lockdown, the city rallied under the slogan “Boston