Brits will reflect on 2012 as one of the most memorable years in UK sporting history. The denouement of the Premier League, in which Manchester City won the title on goal difference with two injury time goals, proved only a taster for the drama that was to unfold. Chelsea secured the Champions League just days later, beating Bayern Munich in Germany on penalties, marking an unlikely victory for the west London team.
Rory McIlroy followed soon after with victory in the PGA Championship, securing one of the four Masters for Britain. Bradley Wiggins then became the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France, a feat that, combined with gold in the Olympics, makes him a likely winner of the Sports Personality of the Year award.
The cyclist faces tough competition from several other Olympians who triumphed at London 2012, most notably Mo Farah who won the 5,000m and 10,000m events, a first for a Brit. Jess Ennis, Ben Ainslie, and Andy Murray also secured Gold medals, with the Scot following up his final place at Wimbledon and Olympic gold with victory at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first British man to win a grand slam in 76 years.
In between Ellie Simmonds and David Weir capped a spectacular outing for Britain in the Paralympics, winning a raft of medals in their respective events, meaning Team GB finished third in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
The only failure, it seems, originated from the football and the cricket, with England losing their number one ranking after defeat to South Africa at the crease, while Roy Hodgson’s England struggled through to the quarterfinals in Euro 2012.
Still, there’s no doubting that 2012 has been a marquee year for sport in the UK. As David Cameron opined during Monday’s Champions parade: "This is the great British summer that will be remembered in hundreds of years to come."
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City win Premier League
Manchester City beat QPR 3-2 to secure their first title since 1968, scoring two late goals in injury time. It proved one of the most memorable sporting denouement's of recent years and emphasised, once again, that the division is the most exciting in the world.
Chelsea win Champions League
Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates following the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
Tour de France victory
File photo dated 22/07/2012 of Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing celebrating on the winners podium after winning the 2012 Tour de France.
McIlroy wins PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the championships trophy for photographers after the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Mo Farah wins 10,000m Final
Great Britain's Mo Farah in action during the Men's 10,000m Final at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo credit: PA)
Ennis wins Heptathlon Gold
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates her gold medal win on Saturday August 4, 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Gold for Gibbons
Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons celebrates beating Mongolia's Lkhamdegd Purevjargal in round of 16 match in the -78kg category at the ExCel Arena, London. (Photo credit: PA)
Peter Wilson lands Gold
Great Britain's Peter Wilson with his gold medal after winning the Double Trap Mens Final at the Royal Artillery Barracks, London. (Photo credit: PA)
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins
Great Britain's Katherine Grainger (left) and Anna Watkins celebrate winning gold in the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, Windsor. (Photo credit: PA)
Gold for Murray
Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, August 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase
Great Britain's Mark Hunter, right,and Zac Purchase embrace after winning the silver medal for the lightweight men's rowing double sculls in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking
Great Britain's Katherine Copeland, left, and Sophie Hosking show their gold medals for the lightweight women's rowing double sculls in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Gold for Women's Team Pursuit
Great Britain's (left to right) Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell celebrate with their gold medals after winning the Women's Team Pursuit Final at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo credit: PA)
Gold for Rutherford
Great Britain's Greg Rutherford on his way to victory in the Long Jump on Saturday August 4, 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Great Britain's Mo Farrah wins the mens 10,000m final on Saturday August 4, 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates winning another gold medal in the Finn class at the Olympics on Weymouth Bay. It is his fourth gold and elevates him to the status of greatest ever sailing Olympian, eclipsing the record of Denmark's Paul Elvstrom on Sunday August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Brownlee wins Gold
Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men's Triathlon on day eleven of the London Olympic Games at Hyde Park, London, on Tuesday August 7, 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Knockout for Nicola Adams
China's Ren Cancan, is knocked down by Great Britain's Nicola Adams, blue, during their women's final flyweight 51-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, August 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Gold for Jade Jones
Great Britain's Jade Jones celebrates winning gold in the Excel, London. (Photo credit: PA)
Mo Farah wins the Men's 5000m
Great Britain's Mo Farah wins the Men's 5000m Final during the Men's 5000m Final during Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Stadium, London. (Photo credit: PA)
Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain celebrates with a Union Jack after winning gold in the Women's Keirin Track Cycling final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Eric Feferberg - IOPP Pool / Getty Images)
Wiggins wins again
Bradley Wiggins of Britain sits in a golden chair before the medal ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial of Road Cycling event during the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Great Britain, 01 August 2012. (Photo credit: PA)
Golds for Chris Hoy
Olympic Cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy takes part in the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes through central London.
Bronze for Daley
Great Britain's Tom Daley as he celebrates his Bronze medal in the Men's 10m Platform Final at the Aquatics Centre, on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo credit: PA)
Medals for Ellie Simmonds
Ellie Simmonds shows off her medals during the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Victory parade in London.
Victory for David Weir
Great Britain's David Weir celebrates winning Gold during the Men's 800m - T54 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Murray wins US Open
Britain's Andy Murray poses with the trophy after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in New York. Murray won 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)