Top 10 moments in sport in 2018

Stunning comebacks, world records, and more

Updated - December 27, 2018 12:01 pm IST

Published - December 26, 2018 02:32 pm IST

Sports fans had plenty of marquee tournaments to look forward to in 2018. It was also one in which many women sportspersons did India proud. Here are the top ten moments, in no particular order.

France won their second FIFA World Cup, beating first-time finalists Croatia 4-2. Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958. Croatia may have floundered at the biggest stage, but they won hearts for their rise to the summit clash, beating more fancied sides.

Look behind you! In July, 18-year-old Hima Das became India's first ever track and field gold medallist at the IAAF World Championships, when she aced the women's 400 m event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Hima scripted a remarkable come-from-behind win in the race as she gathered enough steam to leave her opponents high and dry.

Table toppers: Manika Batra became the first Indian woman to win a Gold in table tennis singles at the Commonwealth Games. Manika edged out Singapore's Mengyu Yu in straight sets, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7. It was a dream tournament for the Indian table tennis contingent at Gold Coast, with golds in the men's and women's team events to boot.

Lucky 13: Was there enough fuel in the tank left for Novak Djokovic? An elbow injury threatened to finish off his career and his off-court dilemmas plagued him with self-doubt. The Serb overcame all physical and mental hurdles to clinch yet another Wimbledon Singles title, his fourth, and 13th major title, with a straight-sets win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

It was a 'bittersweet' moment for Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows. Osaka grew up idolising Serena Williams, but ended up beating her to clinch the Women's Singles title. But Serena's tantrum against the chair umpire, who she called a “thief”, overshadowed Osaka's triumph – also the first grand slam Singles title by a Japanese player. Osaka, having upset the local favourite, looked apologetic after the win.

Sachin was quick. Virat was quicker. Virat Kohli, one of the greatest white-ball players in cricket, broke Sachin Tendulkar's world record for being the fastest to 10,000 one-day international runs, needing only 205 innings to get there. Tendulkar's record was 259. Kohli reached the milestone while batting on 81 during the second ODI against West Indies in Visakhapatnam.

P.V. Sindhu of India holds the winner's trophy after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

Another first for India – No Indian had clinched a gold in javelin at the Asian Games, until Neeraj Chopra at the Indonesia edition this year. He shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.

For ten years, the prestigious Ballon d'Or award in football kept changing hands between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But 2018 was witness to a new winner, as Croatia's Luka Modric got his hands on the title thanks to his stellar efforts in helping Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captaining his team to the World Cup final and being named player of the tournament.

Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of the Women's World Boxing Championships, when she claimed her sixth gold medal. She defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48 kg segment in Delhi. With seven medals, Kom surpassed the record held by Ireland's Katie Taylor. Mary equals the record of seven medals by Cuba's Felix Savon.

France won their second FIFA World Cup, beating first-time finalists Croatia 4-2. Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958. Croatia may have floundered at the biggest stage, but they won hearts for their rise to the summit clash, beating more fancied sides.
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