Big Sports Quiz of 2012 - Answers

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1.      Which country won its first African Nations Cup in football in February 2012? - Zambia [defeating Cote d’Ivoire 8-7 on penalties AET].

2.      In which sport did the “Heat” defeat the “Thunder” in 2012? - Basketball [Miami Heat defeating Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs].

3.      Who in winning the French Women’s Single title in June became only the 10th woman to achieve a career Grand Slam? - Maria Sharapova.

4.      Who were the winners in 2012 of the following competitions, [a] FA Cup, [b] Heineken Cup, [c] Cricket County Championship, [d] Super League and [e] The FA Premiership? – [a] Chelsea, [b] Leinster, [c] Warwickshire, [d] Leeds Rhinos and [e] Manchester City.

5.      Which Paralympic sport is also known as “Murderball”? - Wheelchair Rugby.

6.      Which team defeated the Detroit Tigers to win this year’s World Series in Baseball? - San Francisco Giants.

7.      What were the names of the TWO brothers that competed for Team GB in the Olympic Triathlon? - Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

8.      As at 2nd December 2012, which FOUR British golfers are ranked in the top ten of the World’s Golfers? - Rory McIlroy [First], Luke Donald [2nd], Justin Rose [4th] and Lee West wood [6th].

9.      In which city was the 2012 United States Grand Prix held? - Austin, Texas.

10.For which club was footballer Fabrice Muamba playing when he collapsed at White Hart Lane in March this year? - Bolton Wanderers.

11.Who won the first medal for Team GB in this year’s Olympics? - Lizzie Armistead [Silver in the Woman’s Cycling Road Race].

12.Who became the first British player to win the Men’s Doubles at Wimbledon since 1936? - Jonathan Marray [with his partner Frederick Neilsen].

13.Who is the only boxer to be nominated in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year? - Nicola Adams.

14.Which Welsh player was the top point scorer in the 2012 Rugby Six Nations Championship? - Leigh Halfpenny [with 66 points].

15.Which South African athlete competed in the 400m at both the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics, winning Gold in the latter?- Oscar Pistorius.

16.At which course did the 2012 Ryder Cup take place? - Medinah Country Club, Illinois.

17.Which horses won the following races in 2012, [a] Grand National, [b] Derby, [c] St. Leger, [d] Cheltenham Gold cup and [e] 1,000 Guineas?- [a]Neptune Collonges, [b] Camelot, [c] Encke, [d] Synchronised and [e] Homecoming Queen.

18.Which of the SEVEN individual events did GB athlete Jessica Ennis win, in achieving her Olympic Gold Medal? - TWO [100m and 800m].

19.Following last year’s controversy when no woman were nominated, how many women are in the final 12 for BBC Sports Personality of the Year?- Five [Nicola Adams, Jessica Ennis, Katherine Grainger, Ellie Simmonds and Sarah Storey].

20.Who did Chelsea defeat in the UEFA Champions League final in May? - Bayern Munich.

21.From which event was cyclist Victoria Pendleton disqualified at London 2012? - The Women’s Team Sprint along with team-mate Jess Varnish.

22.In September Andy Murray won the US Open to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since 1936. How many Grand Slam finals had Andy appeared in prior to this win? - FOUR [US – 2008, Australian- 2010, 2011 and Wimbledon – 2012].

23.At which location did the Mountain Biking events take place at the London Olympics? - Hadleigh Farm, Essex.

24.Who broke the record for the most Test centuries for England in December this year? - Alistair Cook, who currently has 23.

25.Who carried the GB flag at the Olympic Games in [a] The Opening Ceremony and [b] The Closing Ceremony? - [a] Chris Hoy and [b] Ben Ainslie.

26.American cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of all results since August 1998 for using and distributing performance enhancing drugs. How many Tour de France titles had he won? - SEVEN.

27.What was the name of the horse that Charlotte Dujardin rode to Dressage gold at London 2012? - Valegro.

28.By how many points were the USA leading Europe at the end of Saturday’s play in this year’s Ryder Cup? - 4 points [USA 10 Europe 6].

29.Who won the first Gold medal for Team GB at this year’s Olympics? - Heather Stanning & Helen Glover in the Women’s rowing pairs.

30.Chelsea football club sacked not one but two managers this year, how many different managers have served under owner Roman Abramovich? - Nine [Rainieri, Mourinho, Grant, Scolari, Hiddink, Ancelotti, Villas-Boas, Di Matteo and Benitez].

31.What sport did Prince Harry enjoy watching on Horse guards Parade at London 2012? - Beach Volleyball.

32.Which former US Open Champion did Britain’s Laura Robson defeat in the 2nd round of this year’s competition? - Kim Clijsters.

33.Who became the first man ever to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic titles in August this year?- Usain Bolt.

34.Which boxing trainer, famous for being a corner man for Muhammad Ali died in February this year? - Angelo Dundee.

35.The first SEVEN races of this year’s Formula One season were won by different drivers, who in winning the European Grand Prix in June broke this run?- Fernando Alonso [He had previously won in Malaysia].

36.How many World Records did Team GB cyclists break at the Velodrome during the London Olympics? - EIGHT.

37.Which cricketer made his professional boxing debut in December? - Freddie Flintoff.

38.The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February, how many times have the Giants won this trophy?- This was their FOURTH [XXI, XXV, XLII and XLVI]

39.What is the nickname of the winner of the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon gold medal in the 2012 Paralympics?- The Weir Wolf [David Weir].

40.Which country won the EUFA European Football Championship for the third time this year? - Spain [beating Italy 4-0 in the final].

41.By winning his SIXTH gold medal in this Summer’s Olympics, Sir Chris Hoy became the UK’s most successful Olympian, who was the previous holder of this title?- Sir Steve Redgrave.

42.Who won the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November? - Novak Djokovic.

43.Which TWO Olympic medallists found themselves competing on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”? - Victoria Pendleton & Louis Smith.

44.Who won the following Golf Majors in 2012, [a] The Open, [b] The US Open, [c] The USPGA and [d] The Masters?- [a] Ernie Els, [b] Webb Simpson, [c] Rory McIlroy and [d] Bubba Watson.

45.How many Gold medals has swimmer Ellie Simmonds won in the TWO Paralympic games that she has taken part?- FOUR [2 in Beijing and 2 in London].

46.Which team will Lewis Hamilton be joining next season after leaving McLaren? - Mercedes.

47.Which jockey was banned in December after failing a drugs test in France? - Frankie Dettori.

48.Which European player finished this year’s Ryder Cup with a perfect 4-0 score? - Ian Poulter.

49.Who was the only man to win an Olympic swimming medal for Team GB at London 2012? - Michael Jamieson [200m Breaststroke].

50.British cyclist Bradley Wiggins famously won the Tour de France in July, but which other British rider joined him on the podium? – Chris Froome finished second.


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