Intro: With seven goals and three assists, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament as Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022. Rafael Nadal crying during Roger Federer’s farewell became the picture of the year.
1: Beijing successfully hosted the Olympic Winter Games from February 4 to 20 and the Paralympic Winter Games from March 4 to 13. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening and closing ceremonies and declared both events open.
China notched nine gold, four silver and two bronze medals to rank third, with the number of gold and total medals marking record highs in its Olympic Winter Games history. Sitting atop the medal standings with 61 medals, of which 18 were golds, the host nation also set new records in its Paralympic Winter Games history.
The legacy of Beijing 2022 went far beyond the arena. When Beijing won the Olympic bid in 2015, China aimed to engage 300 million people in winter sports. And by October 2021, over 346 million Chinese people had participated in winter sports or related leisure activities since 2015, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
2: On June 5, Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Casper Ruud of Norway in straight sets to win his 14th French Open championship, becoming the first player in the Open era to win 22 Grand Slam men’s titles. In September, Roger Federer was in tears as he bid farewell to tennis, while Nadal was alongside the Swiss player, also in tears.
3: China claimed 18 gold, two silver and eight bronze medals at the 19th FINA World Championships held between June 18 and July 3, leveling with the US on the gold medals table and finishing second in the medals tally.
4: Three new world records were created at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, the US. On July 22, Sydney McLaughlin of the United States set a new women’s 400m hurdles world record with 50.68 seconds. Two other world records were also shattered, with Swedish star pole vaulter Armand Duplantis clearing 6.21m and Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan clocking 12.12 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles.
5: ”Ouvrons Grand Les Jeux”, meaning “Games Wide Open”, was unveiled on July 25 as the shared slogan for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Phrygian cap named the Phryges was unveiled on November 14 as the official mascot for Paris 2024. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games use the same design with slight differences.
6: On September 25, Kenya’s two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge clocked two hours, one minute and nine seconds to win the 2022 Berlin Marathon, beating his own world record set in 2018 by 30 seconds.
7: On October 1, the United States captured its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA Women’s World Cup with an 83-61 victory over China. The silver medal for China’s women represented the nation’s best finish in the global showpiece since 1994.
8: On November 15, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, 19, was confirmed as the year-end world No. 1, becoming the youngest year-end ATP No. 1 since the ranking system was introduced in 1973 and the first player outside the Big Four – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray – to end the season as world No. 1 since 2003.
9: Spain overtook the US to become the new No. 1 team in the FIBA men’s world rankings released on November 18. Spain is only the second team to top the rankings since 2010, ending a 12-year run of the United States holding the top position.
10: The 2022 FIFA World Cup ended in dramatic fashion with Argentina beating France through a penalty shootout in the final and winning the trophy for the first time in 36 years.
With seven goals and three assists, Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament. French striker Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals.