The five Greatest Sporting Moment of The Year nominations have today been revealed ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Announced on The One Show by BBC Sports Personality of the Year presenter Gabby Logan, the five moments are:
The England netball team sensationally beat tournament favourites and hosts Australia in the dying seconds of their netball final to win their first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Following their historic and dramatic victory, England jumped to second place in the world rankings.
After so many penalty shootout failures, English football fans feared the worst when their World Cup last 16 match against Colombia ended 1-1. However, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save gave Eric Dier the chance to score the winning spot kick securing their first ever shootout success at a World Cup.Alastair Cook retired from international cricket in style this year by scoring a brilliant century in his final Test match against India in front of an adoring crowd at the Oval. He bowed out with a total of 12,472 runs and 33 centuries in 161 Tests - all of which are England records.
Golfer Tiger Woods completed one of sport’s most astonishing comebacks by returning from a succession of career-threatening injuries to win the Tour Championship. It was the 14-time major winner’s first victory for five years and came less than 12 months since he was ranked 1,199 in the world after spinal fusion surgery.
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury’s WBC world heavyweight title fight was one of the most thrilling heavyweight contests for years. The final moments saw Fury, who went into the match the underdog, regain his feet after being dropped in the 12th to survive for a further two minutes.
Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year is a new award that will form part of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Voting for the award is now open (Monday 3 December, 7.30pm).
Barbara Slater, Director of Sport, says: “Whittling the list down to just five outstanding moments from such a fantastic year of sport was not an easy task for the panel, as the panel really were spoiled for choice. That said, the panel selected a list that reflects some of the biggest sporting highlights from 2018 and I’m looking forward to seeing who the public crown as their winning moment on 16th December.”
To vote, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality
Voting closes on the 14 December.
The winning moment will then be announced at the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on 16 December at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, BBC One, from 7pm.
Tickets are priced from £30 plus admin fees. These can be purchased online from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222.
Full information is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality