#BounceExclusive: Top 6 Sporting Moments In 2017
2017 will fold up in a couple of days but the epic moments will last forever.
From the D’Tigress lifting the FIBA Africa trophy to the Mayweather vs McGregor fight; Neymar’s record transfer and the Super Eagles qualifying for Russia 2018 in style; it was really an eventful year.
Bounce News recalls some big sporting moments in the outgoing year.
D’Tigress’ Are African Champions
In August, D’Tigress defeated Senegal 65-48 in the final of the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket tournament in Mali.
It was their second victory over Senegal, who they had defeated in a group match and marked a glorious outing for Nigeria, who have now won the title thrice.
Nigeria last won the tournament in the 17th edition held in 2005 in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari rewarded the ladies with a million naira each.
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight
The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was undoubtedly the biggest boxing event in 2017.
Mayweather reached the historic landmark of 50 fights undefeated with a convincing 10th-round technical knockout victory and became the first boxer to finish his career at 50-0.
The fight was watched by 14,623 fans in attendance and millions of others in 225 countries where it aired live.
Neymar record transfer
Brazil striker, Neymar in August completed a world record $263 million transfer move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain to become the most expensive football player on earth.
The 25-year-old signed a five-year deal with the French club after it triggered his 222 million euros ($263m) release clause.
His fee marks a 110 per cent rise from Paul Pogba's landmark $116 million transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016.
That would make the deal the biggest hike since 1932, when Bernabe Ferreyra joined River Plate for £23,000 to break David Jack's £10,890 move to Arsenal four years earlier.
Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup ticket
This will not go unnoticed because it brought joy to many fans of the West African side.
The Super Eagles booked a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Russia, after a 1-0 victory over Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo in October.
Nigeria was the first African team to reach Russia 2018 after finishing top of Group B.
It is Nigeria’s 6th qualification for the World Cup since its debut in 1994.
The teeming fans of the Super Eagles did not have to make permutations or ask the regular "what if" and "maybe" questions.
Usain Bolt failure
Jamaican sprinter and world's fastest man, Usain Bolt had planned a successful retirement ahead of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
That was not to be as Justin Gatlin spoiled his final individual 100-meter race at the World Championships by beating out the Jamaican sprinter to take the gold medal.
Bolt finished a distant 3rd with Christian Coleman winning silver.
The 31-year-old made history in 2016 by becoming the first man to win three straight gold medals in the event at the Olympics, but he decided to return for one more major tournament rather than retire then.
Nonetheless, the entire world would miss Bolt for two reasons - no drugs scandal and he always tried to go faster than lightening. We love our Bolt!
Real Madrid UCL trophy defense
Spanish giants Real Madrid successfully defended their UEFA Champions League trophy after beating Juventus 4-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in the encounter.
Real Madrid made history as they became the first team to win back-to-back European Cups since the Champions League era began in 1992-93.
The Zinedine Zidane tutored side went on to beat Grêmio 1-0 to win their third FIFA Club World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo's well-taken free-kick was all Madrid needed to end the year on a high.