The sporting moments of 2010

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With 2010 drawing to a close, we asked our sport correspondents to cast their minds back over the past 12 months in their specialist fields to recount their moment of the year.

From a rain drenched Ryder Cup to an on-fire Welsh winger and raging Rafael Nadal - it's been a great year. Simply click the links below to read the stories that made The Independent's favourite moments.


In the nostalgic rush to recall the magic moment, the critical moment before is invariably forgotten. So it has been with Graeme McDowell and the birdie on the 16th at Celtic Manor which all but secured the Ryder Cup.

Horse Racing

Among the various frailties that unite those fascinated by champion thoroughbreds, none is more awkwardly perennial than the tendency to treat the latest one as the best.


It was the night before the Catalan Parliament met to decide to outlaw bull-fighting, and in the Olympic arena high up on Montjuic, the hill overlooking the centre of Barcelona, Mo Farah was performing the role of matador supreme.


The most memorable cricketing day of the year, of many a year, was at Lord's on a balmy Sunday in August. But it could never be anybody's favourite in a million years unless you were running an illegal betting syndicate on the sub-continent.

Rugby League

Seconds from the end of the year's final rugby league match came the moment that confirmed New Zealand as the world's leading side and their captain, Benji Marshall, as the game's number one player.


Many tennis aficionados thought they would never witness such a sight. It was not so much Rafael Nadal lying on his back in celebration - we had grown accustomed to that scene in Paris, had seen it twice at Wimbledon and even watched it in Melbourne - as the stage on which it was happening.

Formula One

Spa-Francorchamps is a place of great memories, but the overriding ones from the 2008 race centre on anger at the controversy that saw Lewis Hamilton robbed of victory by a mean-minded decision from the race stewards.

Rugby Union

It started, comically enough, with a biscuit: not any old biscuit, mark you, but a rather superior chocolate concoction, generously provided by the Rugby Football Union's disciplinary department.


This season Gareth Bale has treated the Champions League group stages as if he were playing for Wales in a World Cup semi-final.