In Part 3 of 2016 in Sport, the summer of sport rolls on, as we relive the major moments from a glorious summer of sport.
The summer of sport continued in July, where Cristiano Ronaldo led his Portugal team to European Championship victory at the Stade de France. It was the hosts who were left in despair, with France beaten in extra time. Wales gave a valiant display that gained them a lot of plaudits, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual winners Portugal.
At Wimbledon, Andy Murray’s coast was clear in his quest to claim a first Grand Slam of the year. Novak Djokovic was the two-time defending champion and top seed, but lost in the third round to No. 28 seed, Sam Querrey. This was his first defeat before the quarter finals of a major tournament since the 2009 French Open, a streak of 28 quarter final appearances in a row. The defeat also snapped his streak of four consecutive major tournament victories, dating back to the Wimbledon 2015. With Rafael Nadal out with injury, the legendary Roger Federer was seemingly the only challenge left between himself and glory. However, Canadian Milos Raonic introduced himself into the title picture by dispatching of Federer in the semis, setting up an intriguing final.
And Murray produced a professional, confident display to win his second Wimbledon title, and expel the demons of losing in Grand Slam finals.
American Brittany Lang won the US Women’s Open, while Swede Henrik Stenson won the Open Championship with a record 20 under par score, while also becoming the first Scandinavian to win a major golf title. Later in the month, Jimmy Walker won the PGA Championship.
Elsewhere, Dutchman Michael van Gerwen won the World Darts Matchplay. Poland, Germany and Team GB had success at the European Athletics Championship, and England’s domestic football sides returned to pre-season training.
And Britain’s cycling success continued as Chris Froome won the Tour de France, his third overall, which started in Normandy and ended on the traditional final stage in Champs-Elysees, Paris.
There was one huge sporting event that was on everybody’s lips in August, as finally the Rio Olympics got under way. The United States had a superb Olympic games with 46 gold medals, 19 more than Team GB in second, China in third. Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ and his ninth gold, before proclaiming himself as “the greatest ever”. Mo Farah claimed his own ‘double double’ in style in the 5,000m and 10,000m, and Michael Phelps claimed his astonishing 22nd gold medal in swimming before retiring as an Olympic icon. Andy Murray won Olympic gold in tennis, as did Justin Rose in golf, and little Fiji claimed their first ever gold medal, in rugby. In all, 3.7billion people engaged with the Olympics over the 3 weeks it lasted, nearly half the world’s population.
Aside from the drama of the Games, the domestic football season restarted in August, with Jose Mourinho claiming his first piece of silverware with Manchester United, defeating champions Leicester City in the Community Shield, and Real Madrid defeated Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
The Vuelta a Espana cycling race got underway, and Team GB won the World Rowing Championships.
Also, Nico Rosberg began to close in on his first F1 Championship, with Lewis Hamilton keeping chase as a titanic tussle between the two continued.
The final tennis Grand Slam of the year saw the US Open begin in New York.
And Conor McGregor made the headlines again in the build up to his big rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Firstly at the pre match conference, a heated confrontation saw tempers flare and bottles were thrown between the two camps. Then three days later at the event itself, McGregor avenged his defeat at UFC 196 by beating Diaz on a majority points decision.
Nairo Quintana won the Vuelta ȧ Espana in September, Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka won his third Grand Slam title and first US Open, bringing an end to the tennis Grand Slam calendar as well.
In more exciting sports news, Team USA won the 42nd Chess Olympiad, and China and Team GB excelled at the Rio Paralympics. Mo Farah returned from the Olympics to win the 2016 Great North Run.
The NFL season got back underway, and the UEFA Champions League began again as Leicester City’s remarkable story continued.
And the very end of the month saw the Ryder Cup return, as Team USA and Team Europe’s elite golfers battled it out for golfing supremacy.