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Can British sport top 2012 success this summer?

The Lions won their first tour series for 16 years (©GettyImages)
The Lions won their first tour series for 16 years (©GettyImages).

Wow, what a summer we are having so far and I am not just talking about the weather.

This weekend itself has seen The British and Irish Lions achieve their first series win in 16 years with a comprehensive victory over Australia in Sydney and Andy Murray ending a 77 year wait for a British male to win Wimbledon.

In most summers that would be our lot but expectations in British sport are now so high following the success of 2012 - the Olympics have made us want more.

It could well continue if the England cricket team can put the Aussies to the sword in the Ashes series and Chris Froome can maintain his yellow jersey position in the current Tour de France. 

Lets not forget the fact that Justin Rose has recently won the US Open, which has confirmed that British golfers are amongst the best in the world.

I myself felt deflated once the Olympics and Paralympics came to an end at the end of last summer. What did we have to look forward to? Doom and gloom in the papers surrounding our weak economic recovery and no doubt another harsh winter. 

However, our sportsmen and women are starting to have the knack of reinvigorating the nation with their brilliance.

As well as the Olympics in 2012, with Team GB’s best post-war medal haul and the unforgettable scenes on what has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, we also witnessed the first ever British winner of the Tour de France in Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray achieving his first Grand slam title by winning the US Open.

In twelve months we have witnessed two victories, which many thought we would never witness for many more years, if ever. Wiggins victory in France and Murray’s triumph at Wimbledon this year are both instances I am talking about. 

We are now no longer a laughing stock in sport and are respected throughout the world because of what we have achieved since we put the greatest show on earth in London last year.

We now have an expectation that our sporting heroes will achieve more and more as we become used to victory. We are arguably enjoying the greatest sustained period of success across many events that has ever been witnessed in British sport. 

As well as the above notable victories England cricketers are riding high and we have achieved consistent Ryder Cup success. We should not grow complacent though.

The only sport we constantly disappoint in is football. Unfortunately our overpaid and overhyped players let us down but we can’t have everything perfect and hopefully they will start to take note of what has been happening in British sport over the last twelve months and take some notice of the pride and passion that has been so evident in all our victories.

Hopefully by the end of this summer the likes of Chris Froome, Alastair Cook and co will add yet more notable victories to an ever growing list in British sport.


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