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    Sports highlights-2021

    ByMary M. Ward

    Dec 23, 2021

    Sports highlights-2021

    January 27

    ICC Player of the Month: ICC presents the Player of the Month awards to recognize the best performance of cricketers. Fans registered with the ICC can also vote online each month to reward their favorite male and female cricketers in the three international cricket formats played during that month.

    January 31

    Denmark beat Sweden 26-24 at Cairo Stadium in Egypt to retain IHF men’s handball world title

    2 FEBRUARY

    BCCI cancels the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 87 years and agrees to hold the Hazare Trophy.

    February 7

    Tom Brady (Inset) wins 7th Super Bowl title as new Tampa Bay team take 31-9 victory over Kansas City

    the 21st of February

    Serbian Novak Djokovic (right) wins Australian Open record ninth, beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

    12th of March

    Mithali Raj becomes the first Indian cricketer to score 10,000 international races in all formats. She also became the second international cricketer to pass the 10,000 international race mark.

    March 20

    Frenchman Alexis Pinturault and Slovakian Petra Vihova win Alpine Skiing World Cup titles

    11 apr.

    Hideki Matsuyama clinches a one-stroke victory at the US Masters, the first Japanese to win a golf major.

    20 apr.

    Indian Mirabai Chanu sets a new world record and national record in the clean and jerk after lifting 119 kg at the Asian weightlifting championships in Tashkent.

    Apr 21

    2021 Asian Wrestling Championships: India wins 14 medals including 5 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze to finish third in the medal count, behind Iran and Kazakhstan who dominated the 34th edition of the championship with 17 medals each.

    May 11

    Man City, Atletico Madrid, Internazionale and Bayern Munich win Europe’s top soccer leagues

    May 22

    Toulouse beats La Rochelle to win fifth European Rugby Cup title

    23 May

    Phil Mickelson (left) wins the US PGA Championship, becoming the oldest major winner at 50

    May 29

    Chelsea beat Man City 1-0 in all-English UEFA Champions League final

    May 30

    Colombian Egan Bernal winds Gitod’ltala

    June 5

    Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce becomes second-fastest woman in history. Fraser-Pryce broke Carmelita Jeter’s record of 10.64 seconds in 2009

    June 20

    Spaniard Jon Rahm wins first gold at US OpenShafali Verma becomes youngest Indian cricketer to debut in all formats: Shafali at age 17 and 150 days debut in ODI to achieve the feat. This made her the 5th youngest female cricketer on the list led by Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

    June 24

    World Test Championship final: New Zealand crowned ICC test world champion, take first WTC trophy after 8 wicket victory over India in the final hour of a biting reserve day with a limit of Taylor.

    June 28

    Shafali Verma becomes youngest Indian cricketer to debut in all formats: Shafali at the age of 17 and 150 days made her ODI debut to achieve the feat. This made her the 5th youngest female cricketer on the list led by Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

    July, 1st

    Abhimanyu Mishra, the youngest chess grandmaster: Abhimanyu Mishra, a 12-year-old boy of Indian origin, becomes the youngest chess grandmaster, breaking the record of 12 years and 7 months set by general manager Sergey Karjakin in 2002.

    11 July

    Argentina beat long-time rivals Brazil 1-0 at Maracana Stadium to claim 15th Copa America title

    Italy beat England on penalties 3-2 after a 1-1 draw in extra time at Wembley to win the UEFA Euro 2020. Italy conquered Europe for the first time since 1968. The goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is named player of the tournament.

    Euro 2020 Golden Boot: Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer. Ronaldo, 36, has scored five goals for Portugal, as has Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick. The Portugal captain won with a tiebreaker while Schick finished with no help.

    Novak Djokovic dominates the tennis world in 2021: Novak Djokovic seals his sixth Wimbledon title, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 20 Grand Slam tournaments.

    July 18

    22-year-old TadejPogacar wins second consecutive Tour de France

    July 20

    Milwaukee Bucks win first NBA title since 1971 with victory over Phoenix Suns

    August 1

    Commuter PV Sindhu wins bronze, becomes second Indian after Sushil Kumar to win two individual Olympic medals. She won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics after losing in the final to Spain’s Carolina Marin.

    August 7

    Neeraj Chopra wins gold and becomes the first Indian athlete to win gold at the Olympics. He won the gold medal in the javelin with a throw of 87.58m. He is the second Indian to win an individual gold medal after Abhinav Bindra, who won gold in men’s 10m air rifle shooting at the 2008 Olympics.

    August 11

    Lionel Messi signs for PSG, ending 17-year career with Barcelona

    23 august

    World Under-20 Athletics Championships: Indian Shaili Singh wins silver with a jump to 6.59m, missing the gold by just one centimeter. Sweden’s Maja Askag wins gold with a jump of 6.60m.

    Sep 6

    Best Paralympic Games for India: India made the history of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with its best total of 19 medals, including five gold, eight silver and six bronze. The 19 medals were won by Indian para-athletes in five sports, including shooting, javelin throw, badminton, track and field and archery.

    Sep 11

    Britain’s Emma Raducanu, 18, wins US Open – the first qualifier to win the Grand Slam title

    October 8

    World Wrestling Championships: Anshu Malik becomes the first Indian female wrestler to win a silver medal in the women’s 57kg category at the World Wrestling Championships.

    October 10

    Tyson Fury eliminates Deontay Wilder in round 11 to retain WBC heavyweight crown

    October 13

    Sunil Chhetri breaks Pelé’s goal scoring record:

    Indian soccer skipper Sunil Chhetri broke legendary Brazilian soccer player Pelé’s international goal record on October 13, 2021 in the match against Maldives in the ongoing SAFF 2021 championship. Sunil Chhetri surpassed Pelé’s international goalscoring record of 77 goals when he scored a 62nd-minute goal in India’s match against the Maldives. The Indian soccer captain also became the sixth best international scorer in the world.

    October 14

    ISSF World Junior Championship: India finishes first with 43 medals, including 17 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze

    24 october

    Fabio Quartararo becomes MotoGP world champion, as legend Valentino Rossi calls him

    25 october

    New IPL 2021 Teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow: The RPSG group owned by Sanjiv Goenka placed the winning bid worth Rs 7,090 crore for the Lucknow IPL team, while CVC Capital Partners claimed Ahmedabad with an offer of Rs 5,166 crore.

    November 5

    Akash Kumar becomes the 7th Indian boxer to win a medal at the Worlds. Indian boxer Akash Kumar takes bronze after suffering a 0-5 loss to Kazakhstan Makhmud Sabyrkhan in the 54kg category at the 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Belgrade.

    November 14th

    ICC T20 World Cup: Australia hits New Zealand by 8 wickets to win the first crown. David Warner has been named player of the 2021 T20 World Cup tournament and Mitchell Marsh has been named player of the match

    November 18

    India vs Pakistan T20 most watched T20I game in history

    ICC reveals a record 167 million viewers, making it the most watched T20I to date. It took place in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14, 2021.

    November 30

    2021 Ballon d’Or winner: Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or for the seventh time, a record, on November 30, 2021. Spain’s Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or for the first time. This year, two new Ballon d’Or awards were also introduced: “Forward of the year” and “Club of the year”. While the Forward of the Year award went to Robert Lewandowski, the Best Club of the Year award went to Chelsea.

    December 2

    World Athletics Awards 2021: Indian legend Anju Bobby George named “Woman of the Year” at the 2021 World Athletics Awards. Retired Indian sprinter Anju Bobby George received the award for her continued efforts to advance the sport in India and for inspiring more women to follow in his footsteps and fulfill their dreams of being successful athletes. Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Norway’s KarstenWarholm were named World Athletes of the Year.

    December 5

    FIH Men’s World Cup of Hockey: Argentina defeated six-time champion Germany 4-2 to win the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup of Hockey at Kalinga Stadium in Odisha on December 5. This is his second title. India finished fourth after losing 1-3 to France in the third place game. Argentina became the only third team after Germany (six wins) and India (2001, 2016) to win multiple World Junior Hockey Championship titles.

    Dec 6

    Asia Youth Para Games 2021: Indian commuters win 15 medals, including 4 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze. PalakKohli, HardikMakkar and SanjanaKumari won three medals each. The 4th edition of the Asian Youth Para Games 2021 was held in Manama, Bahrain, from December 2-6, 2021. India finished fifth overall with 36 medals while Iran dominated the medal count with 97 .

    December 12

    Max Verstappen wins his first F1 World Championship, beating Lewis Hamilton in the last round of the exciting season finale in Abu Dhabi

    December 19

    Yash Dhull to lead Indian squad at 2022 U-19 World Cup

    The U-19 World Cup will be played from January 14 to February 2, 2022 in the West Indies in the four host countries. India’s U-19 team, led by YashDhull, will face South Africa on January 15, 2022. View the full Indian squad roster for the 2022 U-19 World Cup.


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