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The year in pictures: Best sports photos from 2021

| 31.12.2021

The best sports photos of the year

It has been a memorable year of sport and we have scoured the image library to pick out the best sports photos taken during 2021.

We have already looked back at the best and worst sporting moments of the year but now we’re focusing on how the sporting year looked through the lens.

Kadeena Cox, best sports photos

Kadeena Cox during the T38 400 metres final in Tokyo. The Great Briton finished fourth in the race but added two more golds to her collection, winning the C4-5 cycling time trial and the mixed C1-5 sprint on the bike.

Liam Williams, best sports photos

Liam Williams crosses the line for Wales against Fiji during the Autumn Nations Series in Cardiff. The hosts won the match 38-23.

Novak Djokovic, best sports photos

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning Wimbledon after a four-set triumph over Italian Matteo Berrettini. It was his sixth SW19 title.

Chelsea women, best sports photos

Chelsea’s Pernille Harder celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the FA Women’s League Cup semi-final against West Ham. Chelsea won 6-0 and Harder bagged a hat-trick, with Emma Hayes’ side going on to beat Bristol City in the final.

Romford greyhounds, best sports photos

Spectators watch the action at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium as fans returned to sporting events following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England.

St Helens, best sports photos

St Helens’ Morgan Knowles lifts the trophy after his side won the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. St Helens, contesting the match for a record 13th time, beat Catalan Dragons 12-10.

Minella Times, Rachael Blackmore, Grand National, best sports photos

Minella Times, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, clears the water on the way to victory in the Grand National at Aintree. Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the famous race, which was held behind closed doors for the first time in its history.

Lewis Hamilton, best sports photos

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July. It was his eighth victory on home soil.

The Oval, best sports photos

Chris Woakes appeals against Ravindra Jadeja as England chased victory against India in the fourth Test at the Oval. The tourists won the game by 157 runs to go 2-1 up in the five-match series, which was not concluded after the deciding Test was cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

Anthony Joshua, best sports photos

Anthony Joshua makes his way to the ring ahead of his bout with Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Joshua, defending his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles, was outfought by his wily opponent and lost on a unanimous points decision.

seagull, best sports photos

It’s time for a laugh with the last of our best sports photos of 2021. A seagull steals Madelene Sagstrom’s golf ball on the fairway during day four of the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie!

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.