Yearender: Top 10 World Sports Events in 2023

(Xinhua) December 29, 2023, 2:33 p.m

BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Here is Xinhua News Agency's selection of the top 10 international sports news in 2023 in chronological order:

This file photo taken on June 10, 2023 shows members of the Manchester City team celebrating with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Xinhua)

This file photo taken on June 10, 2023 shows members of the Manchester City team celebrating with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Xinhua)

This file photo taken on June 3, 2023 shows Manchester City players celebrate after winning the FA Cup final match between Manchester City and Manchester United in London, Britain. (Xinhua)

– Manchester City won their first UEFA Champions League title after beating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul on 10 June.

City, who have already won the English Premier League and the FA Cup, thus completed the treble and added the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to the trophy-laden year of 2023.

This file photo taken on June 12, 2023 shows Nikola Jokic (front L) of the Denver Nuggets holding the NBA Finals MVP Award trophy after the Denver Nuggets won the 2023 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat in Denver, United States. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

This file photo taken on June 12, 2023 shows Nikola Jokic (front L) of the Denver Nuggets holding the NBA Finals MVP Award trophy after the Denver Nuggets won the 2023 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat in Denver, United States. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

This file photo taken on June 12, 2023 shows members of the Denver Nuggets team celebrate during an awards ceremony after defeating the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals in Denver, United States. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

– On June 12, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 94-89 in Game 5 of the 2022-23 NBA Finals to win the best-of-seven-game series 4-1 to claim their first championship.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA Finals.

This file photo taken on Oct. 23, 2023 shows China's Qin Haiyang (R) and Australia's Kaylee McKeown pose for photos after winning the 2023 Swimmers of the Year award during the World Water Gala in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: Attila Volgyi/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on July 30, 2023 shows Qin Haiyang of China poses with his medals after the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. (Xinhua/Xia Yifang)

This file photo taken on July 28, 2023 shows Qin Haiyang of China celebrating after the men's 200m breaststroke final at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)

– At the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 14 to 30, China's Qin Haiyang became the first female swimmer in history to win all three breaststroke events at one championship, while Australia's Kaylee McKeown also won three different events in the women's singles.

Qin and McKeown were awarded the 2023 Swimmers of the Year by World Aquatics in October.

This file photo taken on Aug. 20, 2023 shows the Spain team celebrating during the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup awards ceremony in Sydney, Australia. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)

This file photo taken on Aug. 20, 2023 shows Spain's players celebrate after winning the final between Spain and England at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sydney, Australia. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

This file photo taken on July 20, 2023 shows the opening match between New Zealand and Norway at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

– The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August, marking the first time the tournament has been held in the southern hemisphere with 32 teams and more than one host country the country.

Spain defeated England 1-0 in the final to become the second country after Germany to win both the men's and women's World Cup titles.

According to FIFA, the tournament had almost two million spectators in stadiums and two billion viewers worldwide.

This file photo taken on September 10, 2023 shows the Germany team celebrating their victory in the FIBA ​​World Cup final in Manila, Philippines. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)

This file photo taken on September 10, 2023 shows the Germany team celebrating their victory in the FIBA ​​World Cup final in Manila, Philippines. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)

This file photo taken on September 8, 2023 shows Germany's players celebrate after winning the semifinal between the United States and Germany at the 2023 FIBA ​​World Cup in Manila, Philippines. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)

– The 2023 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup was held in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10, marking the first time in history that the event was hosted by multiple countries.

After defeating Serbia 83-77 in the final, Germany won their first World Cup with an unbeaten record in eight games, becoming the seventh different team to win the title. German goalkeeper Dennis Schroder was declared MVP of the tournament.

This file photo taken on Sept. 23, 2023 shows flag bearers carrying the Chinese national flag at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)

This file photo taken on Sept. 23, 2023 shows a view of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

This file photo taken on Oct. 22, 2023 shows artists performing during the opening ceremony of the 4th Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

– The 19th Asian Games were held from September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.

With breakdancing and e-sports making their debut as official medal sports, the Hangzhou Asian Games featured 40 sports, 61 disciplines and 481 events with more than 10,000 athletes from all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia.

China won 201 gold, 111 silver and 71 bronze medals to finish at the top of the medal tally and better its previous best record of 199 golds at the 2010 Guangzhou.

4. The Asian Para Games were held in Hangzhou from October 22 to 28, with China winning 214 golds and a total of 521 to top the medal tally for the fourth time in a row.

This file photo taken on Oct. 8, 2023 shows Kelvin Kiptum (L) competing during the Chicago Marathon in downtown Chicago, United States. (Photo: Vincent D. Johnson/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on Oct. 8, 2023 shows Kelvin Kiptum competing during the Chicago Marathon in downtown Chicago, United States. (Photo: Vincent D. Johnson/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on Sept. 24, 2023 shows Tigist Assefa celebrating after winning the women's race of the 2023 Berlin Marathon. (Xinhua/Ren Pengfei)

– In 2023, the world records in both men's and women's marathons were broken. On October 8, Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum became the first man to run a marathon under 2:01:00, setting a new world record of 2 hours and 35 seconds to win. Chicago Marathon, while Ethiopia's Tigst Assefa lowered the women's record to 2:11:53 to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24.

This file photo taken on Oct. 16, 2023 shows a digital display showing the sports of baseball and softball as one of the five new sports at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, during the second day of the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Mumbai, India. (Xinhua/Cao Can)

This file photo taken on Oct. 16, 2023 shows a digital display showing the sport of squash as one of five new sports for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, during the second day of the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai, India. (Xinhua/Cao Can)

This file photo taken on October 16, 2023 shows IOC members voting during the second day of the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Mumbai, India. (Xinhua/Cao Can)

– Cricket and baseball/softball will return to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the proposal on 16 October. Flag football, lacrosse and squash will also be introduced as other sports at Los Angeles 2028.

In a separate vote, IOC members confirmed that weightlifting and the modern pentathlon will keep their Olympic places after the International Weightlifting Federation took steps to address doping problems, and the steeplechase will be replaced by equestrian after the modern pentathlon is changed.

This file photo taken on Nov. 19, 2023 shows Novak Djokovic kissing the trophy after winning the final match at the ATP Finals tennis tournament in Turin, Italy. (Photo: Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on Jan. 29, 2023 shows Novak Djokovic celebrates with his trophy during the awards ceremony after the men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

This file photo taken on Sept. 10, 2023 shows Novak Djokovic celebrates during the men's singles awards ceremony at the 2023 US Open tennis championships in New York, United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

– Serbian tennis icon Novak Djokovic won his seventh ATP Finals title on November 19, breaking the record of six titles shared with Roger Federer.

The 36-year-old won three Grand Slams in 2023, improving her Grand Slam singles title tally to 24 and surpassing Serena Williams' 23-year lead in the Open Era.

This file photo taken on March 5, 2023 shows Dutch Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen celebrates winning the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit. (Photo: Qian Jun/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on Nov. 26, 2023 shows Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen (2nd L) of Red Bull Racing poses on the podium after the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Photo: Qian Jun/Xinhua)

This file photo taken on Nov. 26, 2023 shows Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen in a burnout after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Photo: Qian Jun/Xinhua)

– Red Bull's Max Verstappen closed out the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship with a typically dominant victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

It was Verstappen's 19th win from 22 grands prix in a record year as the Dutchman secured his third consecutive F1 Drivers' Championship at the Qatar Sprint in October.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)

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