Top Five Sporting Moments of 2017
In a year packed full of sporting highlights and record-breaking moments, the Project11 office voted on their favourite sporting moments of 2017, and here they are:
1. Joshua Knocks Out Klitschko
Antony Joshua came back from a knockdown to defeat Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th round stoppage in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley. This thrilling fight saw both recover from the brink of defeat at various stages, with Joshua delivering a powerful uppercut, left hook and final flurry, forcing the referee to step in and save an exhausted Klitschko from further punishment.
2. Usain Bolt’s Last Race
Usain Bolt prepared for his final 100m race at London’s IAAF World Championships in August, aiming to end his career on a high, with 13 wins, and one false start in 2011 being the only blemish on his record. To everyone’s surprise, the 30-year-old finished in third place, with USA’s Gatlin and Coleman crossing the line just hundredths of a second before Bolt. Taking a bronze in his final 100m race, this was then followed by the 4 x 100m, where Bolt pulled up injured in the final straight, marking an unexpected end to the talented sportsman’s career.
3. The Patriots Make Super Bowl History
The New England Patriots completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28, having trailed 28-3. Prior to this unbelievable turn of events, no team had ever come back from more than a 10-point deficit to win. Scoring 25 straight points and tying the game up with just a minute left, the Patriots won their fifth title.
4. Spurs say goodbye to White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur said goodbye to their iconic stadium, 118 years after their first fixture at White Hart Lane. The final Spurs goal, which marked the 5,272nd scored in the stadium came from Harry Kane, securing the club’s 1,472nd victory and proving pivotal in their thrilling 2-1 win against Manchester United.
5. Neymar Junior’s record transfer fee to PSG.
2017 saw transfer records smashed as Brazil forward Neymar Jr went to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of £200 million. With the previous record being the £89 million set by Paul Pogba the previous year, Neymar was excited to have joined what he called “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”. Parting ways with FC Barcelona, 25-year-old Neymar Jr. has certainly set the transfer record high for the coming January transfer window.
What are your top five sporting moments of 2017? Let us know @Project11sports and stay tuned for Project11’s next blog on the top five sport marketing trends of 2017.