Top 5: British successes in 2013 (1)

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2013 saw British sport continue the momentum started at the London Olympics with the nation's top sports stars and teams maintaining the level of success.

From the Englishman who ended a 17-year wait for a British golfer to win a major to the first British and Irish Lions success in 16 years and the man who ended an 77-year wait for a British singles champion at Wimbledon.

Some just couldn't stop winning as one athlete added a double gold medal success at the World Athletics Championship to the two golds he won in the Olympic Stadium a year before and Britain successfully defended the yellow jersey at the Tour de France  - though it wasn't Bradley Wiggins riding along the Champs Elysées in 2013.

They were the top five I chose but they were far from the only major British wins this year...

Ronnie O'Sullivan became the first snooker player since Stephen Hendry to successfully defend his World Championship crown.

The cricket team again retained the Ashes on home soil, if only to lose the urn just a few months later in calamitous fashion Down Under.

Finally there was the most successful darts player in history claiming back his World Championship crown as Phil 'the Power' Taylor made it 16 titles in 2013.

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