On Christmas Day, The Sporting Week looks at 25 highlights from the world of sport in 2012.
Mo Farah became the greatest ever British distance runner by taking gold in the 5000m and 10000m in the London Olympics.
Andy Murray finally ended the 76 years for a men’s Grand Slam tennis champion by claiming the US Open in a dramatic five set match against world number one Novak Djokovic.
Bradley Wiggins won a unique double, claiming the Tour de France tittle and the Olympic Time Trial gold within the space of ten days.
Manchester City won the Barclays premier League for the first tie, with striker Sergio Aguero scoring an injury time winner against QPR on the final day of the season.
Leeds Rhinos made it another Grand Final title as they defeated Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford, repeating the feat from 12 months before.
Sebastian Vettel won his third straight F1 World Championship in a year that saw eight different drivers taste the victory champagne.
Europe’s Ryder Cup team came back from 10-4 down to win 14.5-13.5 in a dramatic Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Jessica Ennis broke the world heptathlon record and became the Olympic champion at London 2012.
Alistair Cook became England’s greatest ever centurion as he claimed his twenty third century in the test series of India.
England’s rugby Union side ended New Zealand’s unbeaten year defeating them 38-21 in the final autumn international.
Earlier in the year, Wales had taken the Six Nations title with the Grand Slam playing some great attacking rugby on the way.
Paralympian David Weir won four gold medals on his way to track domination in the London Paralympics.
Rory McIlroy ended the season as the European Tour and PGA Tour money list winner, as well as ranked number one in the world.
Chelsea claimed their first ever Champions League title, with Didier Drogba scoring the final penalty of the shot out, his last touch for the club.
Mark Selby ended the year as snooker’s number one as he took the UK Championship Crown, in a season that saw the game rejuvinated and a much closer top 16 players.
Usain Bolt successfully defended the Olympic 100m, 200m an 4x100m titles in London 2012, and is now hoping to retain them again in Rio 2016.
Boxing legend Ricky Hatton returned to the ring but he lost his Showtime fight against 35-year-old former WBA welterweight champion Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Katherine Grainger finally took a gold medal in the rowing after finishing in silver medal position in the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics.
The Darts circuit saw some of the best results all year with victories for James Wade, Phil Taylor, Michael Van Gerwen, Simon Whittlock and many others in one of the most competitive years ever.
Jorge Lorenzo took the 2012 Moto GP title with a consistent season, whilst the greatest rider ever Valentino Rossi confirmed he will return to Yamaha in 2013.
Brothers Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee dominated the world of triathlon in 2012, both claiming title in the Olympics and World Championships.
David Rudisha became the first man to break 1.41.00 for the 800m as he ran 1.40.91 in the Olympic Stadium London.
GB’s ice hockey team stand on the brink of the winter Olympics after making it through their first qualification stage.
Australia claimed the Champions Trophy of hockey for a fifth successive time as England finished in eight place.
San Francisco Giants claimed the World Series 4-0 against Detroit Tigers giving them their second title in three years.
Miami Heat took the NBA title in 2012 sweeping the final three games at home, in a title run where they were behind in three series.