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GALLERY: 2018 sporting year in review

2018-12-31 08:44

Cape Town - In no particular order, a review of the notable sporting moments during 2018.

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ALSO READ: 10 best South African sporting moments of 2018

In 2018, Team South Africa had a stellar Commonwealth Games - ending in sixth position on the medals table - winning 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals. Notable mentions include Chad le Clos, who picked up three gold medals and Caster Semenya, who claimed a double on the Gold Coast.

Chad le Clos

Proteas bowler Morne Morkel retired from international cricket this year - ending with 309 wickets in 89 Tests.

Morne Morkel

Novak Djokovic had a year to remember, finishing on top of the rankings after he captured the Wimbledon and US Open titles.

Rassie Erasmus was appointed as the new coach of the Springboks in March, replacing Allister Coetzee. 

Rassie Erasmus

In March, former Australian captain Steve Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test at Newlands against the Proteas. Smith, Bancroft and vice-captain David Warner received significant bans from international cricket following the cheating scandal.

Cameron bancroft

The Blitzboks claimed back-to-back World Rugby Sevens Series titles. They also won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Manchester City were crowned 2017/18 champions of England when they won their fifth English Premier League title.

manchester city

Brooks Koepka had a stellar year, finish on top of the world golf rankings after claiming the US Open and PGA Championship titles.

brooks koepka

Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned the 2017/18 Absa Premiership champions for a record eighth time.

Star batsman AB de Villiers announced his shocking retirement from international cricket - having played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.

ab de villiers

France lifted the Soccer World Cup trophy for the second time in their history after defeating Croatia in the final.

The Crusaders downed the Lions in Christchurch to be crowned back-to-back Super Rugby champions.


Lewis Hamilton became the third driver to win a fifth Formula One world title - joining 7-time champion Michael Schumacher and fellow 5-time winner Juan-Manuel Fangio.


The Springboks recorded a famous win against the All Blacks as they stunned the world No 1 side in Wellington with their first win in New Zealand since 2009.

Cheslin Kolbe

Europe claimed a stunning 17.5-10.5 Ryder Cup victory when they defeated the United States at Le Golf National.

Ryder Cup

Springbok legend Bryan Habana announced his retirement from all rugby.

Kevin Anderson finished sixth on the ATP rankings after a stellar year, which saw the South African finish runner-up at Wimbledon and claim two ATP titles.

Kevin Anderson

This year multiple managers in the sporting world were either sacked or resigned, namely Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, Steve Komphela resigned from Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic, John Mitchell left the Bulls, Real Madrid sacked Julen LopeteguiDarren Lehmann resigned as Australia's head coach, Eric Tinkler left SuperSport and Chippa United, Arsene Wenger ended his reign at Arsenal, and Jose Mourinho was sacked at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho

Banyana Banyana qualified for the 2019 Soccer World Cup after their runner-up finish in the 2018 Women's AFCON. Banyana also defended their COSAFA Women's title.


The IAAF's new rule on female athletes' testosterone levels was put on hold to avoid further delaying proceedings after Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa challenged its legality.

caster semenya

Jozi Stars were crowned the inaugural Mzansi Super League champions after defeating the Cape Town Blitz in the final at Newlands.

Tiger Woods claimed his first victory in five years after winning the Tour Championship to win his 80th PGA title.

Tiger Woods

Cameron van der Burgh announced his retirement from competitive swimming - ending his career with a gold at the 2012 London Olympics and a silver medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Cameron van der burgh

Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi was named the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in Monaco beating Jordan Larmour and Karl Tu'inukuafe to the award.


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