1) Surfing – Kelly Slater won the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Well we had to, didn’t we?

2) Swimming – Michael Phelps broke the 100m butterfly world record in dramatic fashion at the World Swimming Championships in Rome on Saturday. Trailing in 4th postion at the turn, Phelps put in his customary strong last 50m and overtook Serbia’s Milorad Cavic with about 5m to go. Phelps admitted that his outpouring of emotion came from the build-up to the race and his rivalry with Cavic.

3) Formula One - Ferrari’s announcement that Michael Schumacher will replace Felipe Massa for the European GP probably isn’t technically a sporting moment but it’s got us and the rest of the sporting world pretty excited. There’s been plenty of speculation about why Schumacher has decided to return. Laureus likes to think he’s trying to give Lance Armstrong some competition for next year’s Comeback award.

4) Tennis – Marion Bartoli upset all the pre-match predictions by beating Venus Williams in the WTA Bank of the West Classic final in Stanford, California. This was the French woman’s first victory on the WTA Tour.

5) Rugby Union – Morne Steyn set a new Tri-Nations record by scoring all of South Africa’s points in their 31-19 defeat of the All Blacks in Durban. Steyn’s incredible display came via a try, conversion and 8 penalties and was all the more impressive considering he came in to the starting 15 as a replacement of Ruan Pienaar.

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  1. Rebecca on 04.08.2009 16:08

    Think Phelps outpouring has to be number one – the anger was palpable and really embodied all the controversy that’s been going on surrounding these suits. Personally I concur with Sharon Davies’ observation that when Phelps had the latest suit last summer, and used it to secure 8 golds and numerous world records, he didn’t have a problem with it – now that other people have the technological edge, he’s keen for them to be dropped. Hmm… me thinks this is a case of pot kettle and black

  2. Laschwande on 05.08.2009 09:08

    1.Tiger woods sinking a 31 ft putt on the 17th hole to secure the Buick invitational championship 2 weeks after missing the cut at british open

    2.Jenson Button finishing a triathlon, proving hes not just a cosseted racing driver

    3.Goldikova winning his 5th group 1 race at Deauville in style

    4.17 year old Jack Wilshire scoring for Arsenal at Wembley

    5. Junior Witter’s dismay at retiring hurt from his world championship fight with damaged elbow

    I know its only five but i could not resist.
    6. Christiano Ronaldo blanking his ex girlfriend outside a nightclub :)

  3. LaureusTeam on 05.08.2009 10:08

    Interesting selection. Tiger is looking in pretty good shape for the USPGA Championship. All F1 drivers have to be in incredibly good shape – this page gives a decent summary of what they have to handle.

    I should also have included Ricky Ponting overtaking Allan Border as Australia’s leading run scorer in Test cricket.

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