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Sport Review 2014: A stunning first half


Sport Review 2014: A stunning first half


Welcome to our sports review of 2014 – a year rich in emotion.

For each month we have selected the sporting highlight from an event, team or individual.

January begins with the traditional concert in Vienna, ski jumping and is the month of cold weather, but what happens if we turn this situation on its head?

January in the southern hemisphere is the month of barbecues, beaches, hot weather and above all a legendary race. A race this year dominated by Coma, Roma, Casale and the unstoppable Russian Kamaz trucks. In short, the Dakar Rally. A Rally of excellence.

No home ice medal

Once every four years February is the synonym for the Winter Olympics. For some people they will share the joy of Ole Einar Bjorndalen, others will feel the pain of Axel Lund Svindal.

There were ups and downs for Russia fans as well.

The Russian Olympic team topped the overall medals table for the 1st time in 20 years, but without the ice hockey gold or for that matter any ice hockey medal, this victory seems very incomplete.

Six nations in numbers

Here are some numbers to down for the Six Nations Tournament in March

20, as for the 20th victory of Ireland in the competition.

66, as for the total of points registered by Jonathan Sexton.

83, as for the difference of points accumulated by Ireland to outperform England.

And finally 141, as for the record-number of appearances for Brian O’ Driscoll.

He earned his 141st and last cap on March 15th during the 22-20 victory at the Stade de France.

The only number we do not know is how many pints were sold and drunk in Dublin to celebrate all this.

Master Bubba

In April 2014, at Augusta, Bubba Watson won the first of the season’s four Major Golf tournaments for a second time in three years.

With this victory he became the 17th multiple Masters winner since 1934.

Gerry Lester Watson Jr, or Bubba Watson, as he is better known, is renowned for his devastating drives with his unique pink driver used for charity.

April was Bubba’s month, in which he outclassed his closest challengers, rising stars Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth, by 3 shots.

La Decima

Real Madrid finally won Champions League for a record tenth time, La Decima.

Sergio Ramos scored in the final minute to force extra time.

In the end, the capital club celebrated a 4-1 victory against an opponent who turned out to be the revelation of European football – city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Nadal makes history

On the red clay of Paris Rafa Nadal rewrote the record books by winning the a remarkable 9th French Open.

By beating then world number two Novak Djokovic the Spaniard became the first player in the history of the ATP tour to win the same tournament nine times.

This success on his favoured surface in the French capital brought the 28-year old a 14th Grand Slam crown.

Nadal, who won his maiden French Open title at the first time of asking in 2005, improved his record at Roland Garros to an incredible 66 wins with only one defeat in 10 years.

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