Ramona Forchini celebrates at the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.

The Top 10: Sporting images of 2015

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What a wonderful year of sport it has been, and what better way to celebrate the last 12 months of action with a jaunt down memory lane with some of the very best sporting photography?

New Zealand were able to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups, Usain Bolt fended off Justin Gatlin in their epic 100m showdown in Beijing (and then was subsequently taken out by a rogue and red-faced cameraman), the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in perhaps the most dramatic showdown in NFL history, and just last weekend Great Britain clinched the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.

In the digital age everyone is a photographer - just ask Jack Wilshere - but we're here to reclaim some ground for those who have mastered their craft and captured some of the finest sporting images of the last year.

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The good folks over at Getty Images have collected their finest images of the year in one place, and we've hand-picked our favourite eleven. If you'd like to see the full collection you can click here. 

Below, you'll find everything from action on the Formula 1 track in Singapore to sailors traversing the southern ocean, via the beginning of the end for FIFA's Sepp Blatter.

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So, without further ado, here are the best 11 sport images from 2015. Enjoy, and here's to an equally special 2016.

David Warner, Double Century, WACA, Perth - November, 13 

From ESPN CricInfo: "After his performance at the Gabba, it seemed impossible that David Warner could bat any better. But there it took him both innings to reach 200 runs. Here he managed the same feat in one innings."

Australia v New Zealand - 2nd Test: Day 1

Adam Federici, Reading, FA Cup Semi Final,  Wembley Stadium - April 18

The Australian goalkeeper fumbled Alexis Sanchez's shot in extra-time, in the 106th minute, to hand Arsenal a spot in the FA Cup final. 

Federici on Twitter: "Just like to say thank you for all your messages and how sorry I am for my mistake , we gave our all and deserved to at least take it pens.It's part of being a goal keeper and I'm sure it will make me stronger ! Thank you again for your amazing support."

Arsenal v Reading - FA Cup Semi-Final

Comedian Lee Nelson crashes Sepp Blatter's press conference, showering the beleagured Swiss president with dollar notes amidst claims of corruption at FIFA - July 21

From the Independent: "The British comic, real name Simon Brodkin, walked in front of the beleaguered head of world football's governing body before throwing a wad of fake cash into the air. Brodkin was quickly escorted away by security staff. Blatter rose from his seat and looked flustered by the incident before being coaxed back to his seat by an official.


Toro Rosso 's Max Verstappen, qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore  - September 19

F1 Grand Prix of Singapore - Qualifying

Paul O' Conell, RBS Six Nations match between Wales 23-16 Ireland, Millennium Stadium - March 14

From the Guardian: "The scoreline suggested a close game but Ireland were second best for the most part, having the determination to hang on until the end when they were pressing for a draw but devoid of ideas when in possession and looking anything but champion."

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Novak Djokovic, Wimbeldon Men's Singles Final v Roger Federer, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club - July 12

From the Guardian: "Djokovic played virtually friendless throughout, which came as no surprise to anybody. When Federer won the first five points of the match, striking the first of 13 aces he put past Djokovic on the day, there will have been a genuine and wholly ludicrous desire running through sections of the awed gathering for the No2 seed to continue winning every point all the way to the end, when the sun would reappear and trumpets would celebrate his greatness."

Day Thirteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015

Indian fans in the crowd celebrate as a Pakistan wicket falls during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on February 15, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. 

India v Pakistan - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

Fulham and Wolves players battle in the snow, FA Cup 3rd round, Molineux, Wolverhampton - January 13 (Fulham win 5-3 on penalties)

"What a way to win a cup tie. It had a bit of everything." - Fulham manager Kit Symons

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham - FA Cup Third Round Replay

Luke 'Parko' Parkinson swings out over the southern ocean to tie a changing sheet on the FRO at sunset during the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 5 to Itajai onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. 

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 5 Auckland to Itajai

Ramona Forchini of Switzerland celebrates as she wins the Women's Under 23 Cross-Country Olympic race on day 4 of the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships on September 4, 2015 in La Massana, Andorra.

UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships - Day Four

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