This year I have decided for a change that instead of a list of the winners of the various events I will set a quiz.
Here are fifty questions about sporting events in 2017 and in particular who won some of the major events.
The questions are in groups of ten starting with very easy ones about the most well-known winners. The next group of ten questions is a little harder and the third even more difficult until the final group of ten which will really test the knowledge of the biggest sports fan. If you get 6 or more out of 10 correct in a group you should be ready to attempt the next group. The first ten are so easy that I decide to add a supplementary question to test you further which vary in difficulty but are probably around level 3 or 4. There is a geographical mix of questions but a good number are about British sport.
The questions are across a large number of sports and in the second part of the quiz which I shall post next week there will be some even harder questions on more obscure sports for anyone who has completed level 4 successfully.
1 Which European golfer won the Masters at Augusta in his 74th Major? Which player did he beat in a play-off?
2 Which tennis player won the women’s singles at the Australian Open, her 23rd singles title in Grand Slams? Whose record for most grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era did she beat?
3 Which British cyclist won the Tour de France for the fourth time? Which other Grand Tour did he win?
4 Which football team won the UEFA Champions League? How many times have they won the European Cup or Champions League?
5 Which athlete made his final championship appearance at the World Championships in London and came third in the 100m? Who was the winner of that race?
6 Which team won the women’s rugby union World Cup? Who did they beat in the final?
7 Which country won the women’s cricket World Cup? Who were the defeated team in that final?
8 Which Formula One driver won his fourth world title? Who was runner-up in the championship?
9 Who defeated Conor MacGregor in the most hyped boxing fight of the year? How many professional fights has the winner of this bout won?
10 Which British diver won a gold and a silver medal at the world championships? In which events did he win medals?
Level 2 (British Sport)
11 Which England cricket all-rounder wasn’t picked for the tour of Australia following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol?
12 Which British skater won three world titles at the world short-track championships?
13 Which British swimmer retained his world 50m breaststroke title and broke the World Record?
14 Which British football team set a record of 69 consecutive league matches undefeated?
15 England won the 6 Nations rugby union title but were denied a Grand Slam when they lost to which country?
16 Which British woman was the first for nearly forty years to reach the semi-finals of the singles at Wimbledon?
17 Who did Anthony Joshua defeat to win the world WBA and IBO heavyweight titles?
18 In which combat sport did Bianca Walkden win her second world championship gold medal?
19 Which British woman won three world titles (at 100m,400m and 800m) at the world Para athletics championships?
20 In which two events did Great Britain win gold medals at the World Athletics Championships?
21 Which American Football quarterback helped the New England Patriots to make the biggest ever Superbowl comeback to win their fifth title?
22 Which baseball team won their first World Series championship?
23 Which team won the NBA championship, losing just one match out of seventeen in the play-offs?
24 Which rugby union club team retained the European Cup?
25 Which player won his third world snooker title?
26 Which player won his second world PDC darts championship?
27 England lost in the semi-finals of the women’s European Championships to which nation, the hosts and eventual winners?
28 Which country won five of the ten golds at the world amateur boxing championships?
29 One For Arthur was the first horse since 1979 to be trained in Scotland to win which famous horse race?
30 Which English team won the rugby league world club challenge?
31 Which country won the African Cup of Nations football tournament?
32 Which ice-hockey team became the first to retain the Stanley Cup since 1995?
33 Which gymnast became the first Briton to win an all-round title at the European championships?
34 Which unseeded player won the women’s singles at the French Open?
35 Which county won the English County cricket Championship just a year after being promoted to the top division?
36 Who won the Moto GP world championship for the fourth time?
37 England won two youth football world cups. In which age groups were these?
38 Man Utd won the Europa League by defeating which club in the final?
39 Who was Jamie Murray’s partner when he won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title?
40 Which team did England defeat in the rugby league world cup semi final?
1 Sergio Garcia who beat Justin Rose in a play-off
2 Serena Williams beat Steffi Graf’s total
3 Chris Frome who also won the Vuelta a Espana
4 Real Madrid have won the European Cup or Champions League twelve times
5 Usain Bolt came third. Justin Gatlin won the race
6 New Zealand beat England
7 England beat India
8 Lewis Hamilton won the title ahead of Sebastian Vettel
9 Floyd Mayweather has won all fifty of his professional fights
10 Tom Daley won two medals at the world championships gold in 10m and silver in the mixed synchro springboard.
11 Ben Stokes
12 Elise Christie
13 Adam Peaty
16 Johanna Konta
17 Wladimir Klitschko
19 Hannah Cockroft
20 The 10000m (Mo Farah) and the men’s 4x100m relay
21 Tom Brady
22 The Houston Astros
23 Golden State Warriors
25 Mark Selby
26 Michael van Gerwen
27 The Netherlands
29 The Grand National
30 Wigan Warriors
32 Pittsburgh Penguins
33 Ellie Downie
34 Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia
36 Marc Marquez
37 Under 20s and Under 17s
38 Ajax (the score was 2-0)
39 Martina Hingis