The greatest British sporting moments?

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Andy Murray added another chapter to the wonderful story that is Britain`s sporting summer when he won the US Open final with a win against Novak Djokovic.

Here, the Daily Echo looks at 10 other moments in history which have captured the public imagination.

Which is your favourite, and can you add any more to the list?

TORVILL & DEAN Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean captured the hearts of the nation with their 'perfect' display in the ice dance at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics of 1984. The three-time world champions put on a stunning routine to the sound of Ravel's Bolero which received a total of 12 perfect 6.0 scores - including all nine for artistic impression.

DALEY THOMPSON Thompson had already won Olympic and world gold when he arrived in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympics. However, his performance in California - where he beat the Americans in their own back yard - was the pinnacle of his career. Thompson's winning total of 8,797 points was a new Olympic record and his place in history was assured, becoming only the second man to retain his Olympic decathlon crown.

1966 AND ALL THAT July 30 1966 - the day on which England stood above the rest of the world and launched a catchphrase which still lives on today. Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, with Martin Peters also on target, as West Germany were finally defeated after extra-time. Remains English football's finest hour more than 40 years on.

IAN BOTHAM On the fourth day of the third Ashes Test of 1981 at Headingley, England were seven wickets down following on and still 92 behind Australia. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Botham smashed 149 not out to turn the match on its head as England posted 356 and Bob Willis then claimed eight for 43 to bowl the Aussies out for 111 and help secure a famous victory.

STEVE REDGRAVE Half the country stayed up in October 2000 to watch Redgrave become the first athlete in the modern era to win gold medals at five successive Olympics. Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell won the men's coxless four final in style, leading from the start to finish in front of Italy and Australia. Redgrave received a knighthood in the 2001 New Year's Honours.

NICK FALDO Faldo started the final day of the 1996 Masters at Augusta six strokes behind Greg Norman. However, the Australian's form deserted him, while Faldo kept his cool to reduce the deficit to three by the eighth. The Great White Shark then bogeyed the ninth, 10th and 11th to fall back level with his playing partner and never recovered after a double bogey at the next. Faldo sank another birdie at the last for a 67 to don the Green Jacket for the third time.

DENNIS TAYLOR Steve Davis looked on his way to a comfortable victory after winning the first eight frames of the 1985 Embassy World Championship at The Crucible. But Ulsterman Taylor fought back to level at 11-11 before battling on to 17-17. The tense deciding frame lasted 68 minutes and was watched on the BBC by a record audience of 18.5 million at 20 minutes past midnight. Taylor sank the brown, blue and pink to force a black-ball decider only to let Davis back in - but the champion overcut the black to the corner pocket and Taylor made no mistake, celebrating by clasping his cue above his head and some intense finger-wagging.

LIONS WIN IN SOUTH AFRICA Current England manager Martin Johnson led the Lions to their first victory in South Africa since 1974 when they won the first two 1997 Tests in spectacular fashion. After coming from behind to secure victory in the opening Test at Durban, the Lions were on the back foot from kick-off in Cape Town as South Africa ran in three tries. But in the dying minutes, centre Jeremy Guscott sent over an audacious drop goal to seal a last-gasp 18-15 victory and with it a stunning series win.

JONNY PUTS THE BOOT IN The scores in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup final in Sydney were locked at 17-17 and just 26 seconds remained of extra time when Jonny Wilkinson put over the drop goal that broke Australian hearts and brought the Cup to England for the first time, courtesy of a 20-17 victory.

OLYMPIC GLORY After a seven-year build-up, London hosted the Olympic Games and it could not have gone better. Gold medal and gold medal was won, with the likes of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins lighting up the capital. Even more was to come when the Paralympic Games started, with David Weir leading the way with four golds.

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12:23pm Tue 11 Sep 12

KingKhan1983 says...

what about englands 5-1 win against germany in munich in 2001?
what about englands 5-1 win against germany in munich in 2001? KingKhan1983

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