Top Performances Of The Decade
The decade saw plenty of top-notch performances which includes a golf legend making a sensational comeback, football clubs rising against the odds and a master batsman making record breaking look easy.
- Samrat Chakraborty
- Updated: December 19, 2019 03:34 PM IST
The decade saw plenty of top-notch performances in sports
Football clubs rose above the odds stacked against them to win leagues
A golf legend made a sensational comeback to the sport
To win a medal for the country is a matter of pride for any team or individual and to break records or rise above the odds only adds to it. The decade saw plenty such events unfold in the world of sports. Football clubs rose above the odds stacked against them to win leagues, a golf legend made a sensational comeback to the sport and a master batsman continued to make record breaking look easy. Here's a look at some of the major sporting achievements in the decade.
Aizawl FC crowned I-League Champions
Aizawl FC, in the year 2016-17, had a sensational run in the then premier league of India -- the I-League -- as they were crowned the champions of nation on the final day of the league under the coaching of Khalid Jamil.
Simone Biles becomes most decorated gymnast in World Championships
Biles, who has stunned the world with her triple double, on October 2019 became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships with 25 career medals. She has two more medals in her tally in comparison to the previous record holder, Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus.
Eliud Kipchoge finished a marathon under 2 hours
Although the record does not count, Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge completed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge marathon in Vienna, in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. The event was specially arranged for his sub-2-hour attempt.
Leicester City clinch the Premier League
Jamie Vardy had a record-breaking run as the club representing Leicester City clinched the Premier League title overcoming a 5000:1 odds against them in the year 2015-16.
PV Sindhu becomes first Indian to clinch the World Championships gold
In August 2019, PV Sindhu scripted history as she became the first Indian to clinch the World Championships gold, after a lopsided contest against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.
Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters Tournament
Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters, 14 years after his last green jacket. It was his 15th major title, ending his 11-year drought in the major tournaments.
Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi, who have previously won the Ballon d'Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, added a record sixth to his tally in the year 2019. The Barcelona forward beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to take the honour which saw him go past his rival Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of five.
Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 11,000 ODI runs
Virat Kohli, who has made record breaking look easy, became the fastest to score 11,000 ODI runs in June 2019. It saw him break cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's 17-year-old record. Tendulkar took 276 innings to achieve the feat while Kohli did it in mere 222 innings.
South Africa win Rugby World Cup 2019
South Africa overpowered England to clinch their third Rugby World Cup. It was the Springboks' fly-half Handre Pollard's day as he kicked six penalties en route to his team's World Cup triumph
Hima Das wins India's first ever gold in track event
In 2018, Hima Das won India their first ever gold medal in track events at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships when she recorded 51.46 second in the 400m race.