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Cadel Evans wins Tour de France? Shane Warne at the 1993 Ashes? What is your all-time favorite Australian sporting moment? Make your choice from our top 10

Cadel Evans wins Tour de France? Shane Warne at the 1993 Ashes? What is your all-time favorite Australian sporting moment? Make your choice from our top 10

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  • Vote in our poll to name the best sporting achievement in Australian history
  • Includes Leo Barry at 2005 AFL Grand Final, Donald Bradman at Ashes 1930
  • Includes Pat Cash’s 1987 Wimbledon win and Cathy Freeman’s medal

Whether it’s beating England 5-0 in the Ashes or going down fighting like the Socceroos did at the 2006 World Cup, Australia is without a doubt a great sports nation.

And with the Commonwealth Games soon to provide another stage that will shine green and gold, it’s time to say your favorite ‘Yes!’ to choose. sports moment of all time.

From classic cricket to the Tour de France and even an unexpected win at the Winter Olympics, we’ve rounded up the top 10 historic moments when the Aussies came out on top.

Which of these sporting moments do you think is the greatest in Australian sport history? Vote in our poll below.

Legendary: John Aloisi celebrates victory over Japan in the 2006 World Cup group stage…an iconic moment for Socceroo

1. Defeat the Samurai

John Aloisi’s penalty against Uruguay in 2005 was the iconic image of the Socceroos’ play-off victory to qualify for a first World Cup final since 1974.

But the victory over Japan in the 2006 group stage was just as memorable. At 0-1, strikers Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy and Aloisi were substituted. Two goals from Cahill and one late from Aloisi made history.

opinion poll

What is your best Australian sporting moment of all time?

  • John Aloisi’s goal against Japan in 2006 81 votes
  • Steven Bradbury’s 2002 Winter Olympics 216 votes
  • Cathy Freeman in Sydney 2000 118 votes
  • Ian Thorpe in Sydney 2000 98 votes
  • Australia II in the 1983 America’s Cup 191 votes
  • Pat Cash wins Wimbledon in 1987 19 votes
  • Shane Warne in 1993 Ashes 56 votes
  • Donald Bradman in 1930 Ashes 56 votes
  • Leo Barry at the 2005 AFL Grand Final 12 votes
  • Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France 106 votes

2. Unexpected Hero

Speed ​​skater Steven Bradbury has struggled all his life to reach the final of the Winter Olympics, but he is more known for his opponents’ misfortune in Salt Lake City 2002.

He kissed for the first individual gold of the Winter Olympics in Australia when the other four finalists fell in the last corner.

Glide to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win in the 2002 Winter Olympics final

Glide to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win in the 2002 Winter Olympics final

3. Everyone is Cathy

When Cathy Freeman felt the weight of a nation’s expectations on her shoulders in Sydney 2000 after lighting the Olympic opening ceremony flame, the skin-tone hero didn’t show it when she kicked off in the final corner of the 400m.

However, her relief as she paraded the Aboriginal and Australian flags was obvious, and just as special as the race itself.

Nation's sweetheart: Cathy Freeman made Australia proud with her multiple gold medals in Olympic and Commonwealth Games

Nation’s sweetheart: Cathy Freeman made Australia proud with her multiple gold medals in Olympic and Commonwealth Games

4. The Thorpedo

Ian Thorpe’s giant plunge in the Sydney 2000 4x100m freestyle relay – which the US hadn’t lost since its introduction in 1964 – was special.

Klim took the lead, Fydler and Kallus held it… then Thorpe. Fresh off 400 yards of gold, he gave rival Gary Hall Jr a masterclass, giving up half a body size before engulfing him when it mattered for the gold.

Moment of triumph: Ian Thorpe cheers after winning the men's 200m freestyle final at the 2004 Olympics at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens

Moment of triumph: Ian Thorpe cheers after winning the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2004 Olympics at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens

Going for gold: Ian Thorpe's stellar career has included some spectacular Olympic victories

Going for gold: Ian Thorpe’s stellar career has included some spectacular Olympic victories

5. David defeats Goliath

Australia II’s triumph in the 1983 America’s Cup captured the imagination of the country.

David defeated Goliath – the USA – and ended their 132 years of rule.

The scenes at Constitution Dock were inspiring as the ship docked with skipper John Bertrand.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke famously said: ‘Any boss who fires someone for not showing up today is a bum’.

6. Setting a New Standard

Pat Cash was more than an underdog to beat world No. 1 Ivan Lendl in the 1987 Wimbledon final.

The Melbourne serve volleyer was going to fold, but he declined and won in straight sets.

With his iconic checkered headband, Cash also became the first champions winner to climb the stands of the All England Club.

Tennis champion: Pat Cash started the trend of climbing to the box after winning Wimbledon in 1987

Tennis champion: Pat Cash started the trend of climbing to the box after winning Wimbledon in 1987

7. Ball of the Century

Shane Warne took 708 wickets in 145 career tests, but his first delivery in Ashes cricket at Old Trafford in 1993 has to be the most memorable.

Mike Gatting had no idea when Warne threw his ‘looser’ outside leg stump, turned it over like a demon and clipped the top of the stump. Gatting was stunned. Fans are still amazed.

Cricket Legend: Shane Warne's first delivery in the 1993 Ashes was arguably his most memorable

Cricket Legend: Shane Warne’s first delivery in the 1993 Ashes was arguably his most memorable

8. The Don Dominates

The greatest achievement of cricket’s best hitter cannot escape mention. Sir Donald Bradman’s 334 not out in 1930 at Headingley was savage.

He tore up the England attack, who won the previous Ashes series 4-1, and scored 309 runs on opening day – even with modern progress no one has matched that feat.

Greatest batter of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore up the England team in the 1930 Ashes

Greatest batter of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore up the England team in the 1930 Ashes

9. Above the Suit

Alex Jesaulenko’s 1970 ‘sign of the century’ was topped off by Leo Barry’s fearless victory in the 2005 AFL Grand Final that ended Sydney’s 72-year title drought.

Showing no respect for personal safety, the fullback threw himself into the pack and invented the pill – a decisive act for the Swans and an exclamation point for a man-of-the-match effort.

Taking the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans dazzled crowds with acceptance speeches in both French and English when he won the Tour de France in 2011

Taking the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans dazzled crowds with acceptance speeches in both French and English when he won the Tour de France in 2011

10. Vive l’Australia

Cadel Evans overcame the odds to win the 2011 Tour de France.

He reached the pinnacle of his sport through dogged determination and deceit, battling the elements and politics that make the race such a competition.

He then took his crown with class – a speech in French and then in English earned him admiration far beyond his own country’s borders.

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