Voted for by sports fans around the world in a global online poll (only one vote per person), the new Laureus Best Sporting Moment Of The Year Award identifies the sporting moment which has most resonance with sports fans around the world. These moments look beyond the scoreboard or podium, they symbolise the true values of sport and bring to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.
Selected by the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the shortlist of six moments contain drama, fair play, sportsmanship, the magic and the wonder of sport. Now you have a chance to make your voice heard and vote for the moment which transcended sport in 2016.
Barcelona U12s comfort Japanese opponents
Barcelona’s under 12 team proved football really is a gentleman's game after they were consoling their Japanese rivals after beating them 1-0 in the final of the Junior Soccer World Challenge. Players from the local side Omiya Ardija looked visibly distraught at the final whistle, as the Barcelona team celebrated their win. It wasn't long before the Barcelona boys noticed and rushed to hug their rivals in a touching display of sportsmanship.
Jack Sock tells Lleyton Hewitt to challenge
At the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, US tennis player Jack Sock, leading 5:4 and 0-30, proves that sportsmanship isn’t dead as he advises Australian opponent Lleyton Hewitt to challenge an umpire’s decision that a service shot was out. Hewitt took Sock’s advice and asked for a review, when the shot was found to be in by officials. Hewitt went on to win the match 7-5, 6-4.
Young Portugal fan comforts sobbing Frenchman
It was a touching image that captured the hearts of football fans across Europe. A young Portuguese boy embraced a sobbing French man after France lost the Euro 2016 final in Paris to Portugal. 'I told him it's only a game”, said 10-year-old Mathis, “'I even told him 'Mr, don't worry, France has played a very good game. You have played very well. It's you who deserved the cup but our goalie Rui Patricio didn't allow it.” The video went viral and melted a million hearts.
Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino show Olympic spirit
Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino were heralded for capturing the “Olympic spirit” when competing in the qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres. With 2,000 metres left to go, New Zealand athlete Hamblin tripped and fell, accidentally tripping up the USA’s D’Agostino too. The American soon got up and instead of running helped Hamblin before faltering on a clearly injured knee. D’Agostino later fell down again and so Hamblin helped her up and the two began to run the race together before embracing at the finish line. Both runners were awarded places in the final but D’Agostino was unable to participate due to the injury she sustained.
Alistair Brownlee helps brother Jonny over finish line
Exhausted Briton Jonny Brownlee needed to be helped over the finish line by brother Alistair in a dramatic end to the Triathlon World Series in Cozumel, Mexico. Leading with 700m left, Jonny, 26, began to weave over the road in hot and humid conditions. Second-placed Alistair, 28, caught his brother, propping him up for the final couple of hundred metres before pushing him over the line in second place. They were overtaken by South African Henri Schoeman, the eventual winner. Victory in Mexico would have given Jonny the world title, but second place left him just four points behind Mario Mola.
Iceland players perform Viking war chant
“HUH”. The Icelandic national football team is met by a huge crowd in the country’s capital city of Reykjavik as they return from Euro 2016, where they sensationally reached the quarter-finals and knocked England out. The team travelled through the city on an open-top bus before holding a huge rally – during which the crowd of thousands took part in the so-called ‘Icelandic thunder clap’, which has been likened to a Viking war chant.