International sporting achievements of 2015

International sporting achievements of 2015

From the Australian Open to the US Triple crown, here's a quick recap of the biggest news in sports this year

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Australia's captain Mile Jedinak (C) holds up the AFC Asian Cup football trophy after beating South Korea at Stadium Australia in Sydney on January 31, 2015.
Photo: AFP

JANUARY

31 Australia beat South Korea in Sydney to win their first Asian Cup title


Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Britain in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship.
Photo: AP

FEBUARY

1 Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open, followed by Wimbledon and U.S. Open, but is denied calendar Grand Slam after losing final at Roland Garros 

1 Quarterback Tom Brady leads New England Patriots to Super Bowl glory

8 Cote d'Ivoire claim second African Cup of Nations title – beating Ghana 9-8 on penalties


MARCH

29 After six weeks of competition, Australia capture their fifth ODI Cricket World Cup, beating New Zealand 


APRIL 

12 Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Masters, first of two consecutive majors for Texan, 21

Jordan Spieth of the United States after winning the 2015 Masters.
Photo: AFP

MAY

Chelsea claim Premier League glory – losing just three games all season – while Barcelona secure La Liga Juventus win Serie A and Bayern Munich storm Bundesliga

2 Floyd Mayweather wins “Fight of the century” against Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) during the much anticipated fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Photo: AP

JUNE 

6 American Pharoah becomes first horse to win U.S. Triple Crown since 1978

6 Barcelona capture their fifth European Cup with victory over Juventus in Berlin


Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Photo: AP

JULY

4 Host nation Chile defeat Argentina to win Copa America for first time

5 Carli Lloyd’s hat trick helps USA beat Japan to win Women’s World Cup in repeat of 2011 final

20 Zach Johnson clinches British Open in playoff at St. Andrews

29 Chris Froome claims his second Tour de France


AUGUST

Usain Bolt beats main rival Justin Gatlin to retain 100m and 200m world crowns

16 Jason Day hits record 20 under par to secure U.S. PGA Championship


Serena Williams during her match against Roberta Vinci of Italy in the Women's Singles Semifinals of the 2015 US Open.
Photo: AFP

SEPTEMBER

11 Serena Williams just falls short at U.S. Open after otherwise dominant season 


OCTOBER

25 Lewis Hamilton clinches back-to-back F1 titles, his third crown overall

31 New Zealand retain Rugby World Cup with victory over rivals Australia


NOVEMBER

3 Michelle Payne becomes first female jockey to win prestigious Melbourne Cup

8 Jorge Lorenzo claims third MotoGP title, ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi

13 IAAF bans Russia from all track and field athletics amid doping scandal

18 Rugby giant Jonah Lomu died, aged 40. he had been battling kidney disease for decades. The New Zealand star, who was the game's first global superstar, was the youngest ever All Black test player.

28 Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Kiltschko’s nine year reign as world heavyweight champion

29 Great Britain, led by Andy Murray, secure first Davis Cup victory since 1936


DECEMBER

1 Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar wait to find out who will win coveted Ballon d'Or in January

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International sporting achievements of 2015

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