Elite sport is steadily returning to our screens amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany’s Bundesliga, the UFC and the NRL have been among the many first top-level occasions to forge a route again final month after pausing as a result of world disaster.
A clutch of Europe’s different high soccer leagues, cricket, motorsport and the US’ main competitions all have designs on behind-closed-doors resumptions within the close to future, too, which may create a big backlog of essential fixtures.
One optimistic is that sports activities followers would possibly now be handled to quite a lot of colossal match-ups back-to-back on the identical day in some unspecified time in the future over the approaching months.
That prospect offers us the chance to mirror on 5 related events with the best sporting days for the reason that flip of the century – together with one precisely a 12 months in the past.
JULY 23, 2000
The US had a day to recollect as two of their most distinguished stars bolstered their nonetheless burgeoning reputations with massive victories on international soil.
The paths of Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong have subsequently diverged a little bit, nonetheless.
The bunkerless victory in 2000 @TigerWoods pic.twitter.com/B2Jw6NLG0H
— The Open (@TheOpen) December 30, 2018
Woods turned the youngest participant to finish golf’s profession grand slam with a record-breaking victory at The Open in 2000, whereas Armstrong wrapped up a second straight Tour de France title.
The American duo stood on the high of the world, but historical past will recall Armstrong’s achievements quite otherwise now he has been stripped of every of his seven successive yellow jerseys for doping.
Woods not less than maintained his excessive requirements and held all 4 main titles after the 2001 Masters, successful once more at Augusta as just lately as final 12 months.
FEBRUARY 1, 2004
Two extra sporting greats shared the identical particular web page within the calendar early in 2004.
It was a protracted day for anybody who took in each Roger Federer’s efficiency in Melbourne’s Australian Open remaining and Tom Brady’s Tremendous Bowl show in Houston, however they have been duly rewarded.
Twenty-time grand slam champion Federer had gained only one main earlier than going through down Marat Safin in Australia, additionally turning into the ATP Tour’s top-ranked participant for the primary time. He stayed at primary for a record-shattering 237 weeks.
Brady equally then doubled his tally of Tremendous Bowl rings by delivering a second triumph in three years for the Patriots, in what was a basic encounter in opposition to the Carolina Panthers.
Subsequent cease on the journey down #SuperBowl Reminiscence Lane: Houston, Texas. #Patriots high Panthers in Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII. pic.twitter.com/LNKtbpOAV7
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 29, 2019
Brady threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns, earlier than Adam Vinatieri’s area purpose secured a 32-29 win with 4 seconds remaining.
AUGUST 4-5, 2012
One would wrestle to discover a better array of star-studded athletes of assorted sports activities than those that congregated in London throughout the penultimate weekend of the 2012 Olympic Video games.
On the Saturday night, on the Aquatics Centre, swimming ready to say goodbye to its biggest title. Michael Phelps and the US gained the 4x100m medley, clinching his 18th gold medal in what appeared set to be his remaining race.
Certainly, Phelps confirmed his retirement following the Video games, solely to return in predictably dominant vogue in 2016.
Throughout town that very same night time, Staff GB athletes have been capping a surprising run of medals that may see the day dubbed “Tremendous Saturday”. There have been six dwelling golds in all, together with massive wins for Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah in fast succession.
The drama solely continued the following day, too, as Andy Murray lastly sealed a Wimbledon win over Federer within the tennis occasion, whereas Usain Bolt lit up London Stadium within the 100m.
JUNE 1, 2019
It’s 12 months to the day since one other epic sporting stretch, one which concluded in beautiful vogue with one among boxing’s nice fashionable upsets.
That is Andy’s night time, congratulations Champ pic.twitter.com/5gE8uFx4MG
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019
Rugby union and soccer every had their respective turns within the highlight earlier, with Saracens following up their European Champions Cup success – a 3rd in 4 years – by retaining the Premiership title with victory over Exeter Chiefs.
In Madrid, two extra English groups have been in motion as Liverpool edged previous Tottenham within the Champions League remaining.
However as Sarries and the Reds celebrated, focus turned in direction of Madison Sq. Backyard the place Anthony Joshua was anticipated to make mild work of Andy Ruiz Jr, a substitute for Jarrell Miller following a failed medication take a look at.
The heavyweight title match didn’t go to script, nonetheless, as Ruiz floored Joshua 4 instances and compelled a stoppage to assert his belts, albeit solely till the rematch the place the Briton saved face.
JULY 14, 2019
These loopy spectacles have largely seen sport unfold all through the day, however three units of eyes have been required to maintain up with the motion on an epic afternoon final July.
With England internet hosting after which reaching the Cricket World Cup remaining, the scene-stealing decider fell on the identical day because the Wimbledon males’s remaining and the British Grand Prix, making certain the UK was the main focus of the sporting world.
The cricket began off a number of hours earlier than both the tennis or the F1 however nonetheless managed to outlast its rival occasions, with Ben Stokes decided to placed on a present as England gained by way of a dramatic Tremendous Over on the finish of a nine-hour saga in opposition to New Zealand.
“I mentioned to Kane I’ll be apologising for that for the remainder of my life” – Ben Stokes on these lucky 4 runs that turned the sport.#SpiritOfCricket | #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/b5bAT6p0M6
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
Novak Djokovic was battling Stokes for consideration as he was taken all the way in which by that man Federer on the All England Membership earlier than lastly prevailing 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) within the event’s longest singles remaining.
The respective classics made the British GP, accomplished earlier within the day, one thing of an afterthought – however not for Lewis Hamilton, who claimed a document sixth victory.