Wimbledon sports review of the year - Winners and losers in 2012
July: The smell of strawberries and cream filled the air as the tennis world descended on SW18 for the Wimbledon Championships.
It would be another case of so near, yet so far for Scot Andy Murray who was beaten in the final by Roger Federer, picture above, while Laura Robson lost in the first round to Francesca Schiavone of Italy, and Ross Hutchins would only win one mixed doubles match.
The London 2012 Olympics was a triumph for Team GB with a haul of 65 medals (29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze) making it the most successful Games since 1908.
And while new heroes were born in the shape of Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Laura Trott, others would have their moment in the spotlight, and their shot at Olympic glory and a medal, only to lose out, and have to live with the disappointment of failure.
Ben Hawes, of Wimbledon Hockey Club, felt the anguish of missing out most after falling short of a shot at a medal in the semi-finals.
He said: “It’s great that the team reached the semi-final but, on the flip side, I will always remember London 2012 for missing out on that medal.”
Meanwhile, local girl and AFC Wimbledon fan Sophie Hosking had better fortune winning the lightweight double sculls with partner Kat Copeland in front of thousands of partisan supporters at Eton Dorney.
In the aftermath, Hosking said: “I did not grasp how big winning the gold would be, I don’t think anyone can.
“Winning in the Olympics is huge but winning in your own country is bigger than huge.
“I still get emotional when I watch the race back and it was almost two months ago.”
September: There was delight for Neil Turk and Wimbledon Cricket Club as they sealed victory in front of the Sky cameras in the National T20 Club competition – adding it to the Surrey Championship Premier Division title.
October: It was a case of defence is best when Hercules Wimbledon AC’s senior men of Andrew Penney, Rory McMahon, Kieran White, Fred Slemeck, pictured below, Phil Glynn and Alex Robinson defended the Surrey road relay title for the first time since the 1970s.
November: Johnny Kinder, pictured below, and Wimbledon Hockey Club’s unbeaten start to the Men’s Conference East comes to an end at Bromley & Beckenham.
December: The match that no AFC Wimbledon fan wanted ended in heartbreak for the Dons when the MK Dons scored a late, late winner in their 2-1 FA Cup win. Jack Midson’s goal gave the travelling army a highlight in a so-far disappointing season.
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