A list of some of the outstanding achievements by British sports men and women in 2012. Generally to make this list will require a victory in an Olympic, World or European Championship, or World Cup. However a performance that exceeds expectations or by a new name may also be included.
Athletics – World Indoor Championships Yamile Aldama won the women’s triple jump at the age of 39.
The women’s 4x400m team shocked the USA and Russia to win gold.
Bowls– World Indoor Championships:
Men’s singles – Andy Thomson won his third title seventeen years after his second.
Men’s Pairs – Paul Foster and Alex Marshall retained their title.
Mixed Pairs – David Gourlay and Debbie Stavrou won their third and first mixed titles respectively.
Boxing:Nathan Cleverly defended his WBO Light-Heavyweight title for the third time with a unanimous points decision against Tommy Karpency.
Ricky Burns retained his WBO lightweight title with a unanimous points verdict over Paulus Moses.
Cycling – Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider since 1967 to win the Paris-Nice stage race.
World Track Championships – Victoria Pendleton won a record-equalling sixth sprint title. Sir Chris Hoy won his fourth Keirin title. Laura Trott won the women’s omnium and was in the winning team in the team pursuit which also broke the world record twice. The British men also won the team pursuit in a world record time. Ben Swift won the scratch race.
Darts: PDC World Championship. Adrian Lewis retained his title.
Golf – In the first week of March Rory McIlroy became world number 1 in the rankings, taking over from Luke Donald. Donald reclaimed the number 1 spot later the same month.
Hockey: women’s Champions Trophy. GB reached the final of this tournament involving the best teams in the world for the first time ever, losing to the hosts Argentina.
Rugby League Leeds Rhinos won the World Club Challenge for the third time, beating Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Rugby Union Wales won the Six Nations Championship and achieved the Grand slam for the third time in eight years. The England women won their Six Nations title with a third successive Grand Slam.
Skeleton Bob: Shelley Rudman won the overall World Cup for the first time. Lizzy Yarnold in her first season in Senior competition won two world cup races to add to victory in the Junior World Championships.