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Elite sport is gradually returning to our screens amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The German Bundesliga, UFC and NRL were among the first high profile events to forge a route last month after a hiatus due to the global crisis.
A clutch from the other major European football leagues, cricket, motorsport and major US competitions all have closed-door recovery designs in the near future, which could create a significant backlog of crucial encounters.
One positive point is that sports fans could now be treated to several colossal clashes on the same day at some point in the coming months.
This perspective gives us the opportunity to reflect on five similar occasions with the biggest sports days since the turn of the century – including one exactly a year ago.
JULY 23, 2000
The United States had an unforgettable day as two of its most prominent stars strengthened their still-growing reputation with major victories on foreign soil.
However, the paths of Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong diverged a little thereafter.
– The Open (@TheOpen) December 30, 2018
Woods became the youngest player to complete the career grand slam with a record victory at the Open in 2000, while Armstrong concluded a second consecutive title in the Tour de France.
The American duo stood at the top of the world, but history will remember Armstrong’s achievements quite differently now that he has been stripped of each of his seven successive yellow jerseys for doping.
Woods at least maintained its high standards and held all four major titles after the 2001 Masters, winning again at Augusta as recently as last year.
FEBRUARY 1, 2004
Two other great athletes shared the same special page in the calendar in early 2004.
It has been a long day for everyone who attended both Roger Federer’s performance at the Australian Open final in Melbourne and Tom Brady’s Super Bowl in Houston, but they were duly rewarded.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, had a single victory before facing Marat Safin in Australia, also becoming the highest ranked player in the ATP Tour for the first time. He stayed at number one for a record 237 weeks.
Brady also doubled his number of Super Bowl rings by achieving a second triumph in three years for the Patriots, in what was a classic game against the Carolina Panthers.
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 29, 2019
Brady threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns before Adam Vinatieri’s basket scored 32-29 with four seconds left.
AUGUST 4-5, 2012
It would be hard to find a wider range of starred athletes from various sports than those who gathered in London during the penultimate weekend of the 2012 Olympic Games.
On Saturday evening, at the Aquatic Center, swimming was about to say goodbye to its biggest name. Michael Phelps and the United States won the 4 x 100 medley, winning his 18th gold medal in what appeared to be his last race.
Indeed, Phelps confirmed his retirement after the Games, only to return in a predictable dominant way in 2016.
Across the city that same night, GB team athletes crowned a series of mind-blowing medals that would see the day dubbed “Super Saturday”. There were six home gold medals in all, including big wins in a row for Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah.
The drama did not continue until the next day, as Andy Murray finally sealed a Wimbledon victory against Federer in the tennis event, while Usain Bolt lit up the London Stadium in the 100m.
JUNE 1, 2019
12 months ago today for another epic sporting section, which ended in a breathtaking way with one of the great modern upheavals of boxing.
It’s Andy’s night, congratulations Champ pic.twitter.com/5gE8uFx4MG
– Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019
Rugby and football each had their respective turns in the spotlight earlier, the Saracens continuing their success in the European Cup of Champions – a third in four years – retaining the title of Premiership with the victory over the leaders Exeter.
In Madrid, two other English teams were in action as Liverpool edged Tottenham in the Champions League final.
But as Sarries and the Reds celebrated, attention turned to Madison Square Garden where Anthony Joshua was to do light work with Andy Ruiz Jr, a replacement for Jarrell Miller following a failed drug test .
The heavyweight title match did not go to script, however, Ruiz knocked down Joshua four times and forced a save to claim his belts, but only until the rematch where the Briton saved the buck.
JULY 14, 2019
These crazy glasses have widely seen the sport spread throughout the day, but three pairs of eyes were necessary to follow the action during an epic afternoon last July.
With England welcoming and then reaching the Cricket World Cup final, the scene-robber decision-maker fell on the same day as the Wimbledon men’s final and the British Grand Prix, ensuring that the United Kingdom was at the center of the sports world.
Cricket started several hours before tennis or F1, but still managed to survive its rival competitions, Ben Stokes being determined to put on a show as England won via a dramatic Super Over at the end of a nine hour saga against New Zealand.
– Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 14, 2019
Novak Djokovic battled Stokes for attention as he was led to the end by this Federer man at the All England Club before finally winning 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7 -4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) in the longest singles final of the tournament.
The respective classics made the British GP, which ended earlier in the day, a sort of afterthought – but not for Lewis Hamilton, who won his sixth record victory.
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