Oscar Pistorius, first amputee runner in Olympic history
His achievements may have been slightly controversial, but Oscar Pistorius's effort to make the 2012 Olympic Games was nothing short of inspirational. With blades in place of where his legs should be, Pistorius made the semi-finals in London. He came last in that race but he left a legacy behind perhaps best shown when he swapped numbers with and embraced reigning world champion Kirani James after the race. The kind of respect he received showed that anything is possible, no matter your circumstances.
When Australia needed a hero after their disappointing effort in the pool, Sally Pearson took all the pressure on her shoulders and delivered. The moment of her crashing to the ground after winning the 200m hurdles final was symbolic of how much the win not only meant to her but to the nation.
It seemed like destiny for Usain Bolt to keep his 100m sprint title as the fastest man in the world, but it looked a little shaky as he didn't show his blistering pace in qualifying. That all changed when the gun went off at 9.50pm (England time) at the Olympic Stadium, with the world's fastest man claiming his place in history along with a world record speed of 9.63 seconds.
It was probably the moment Karmichael Hunt truly made it as an AFL footballer. Trailing by 18 points in the final quarter, the Gold Coast pulled off a sensational comeback against Richmond which ended with a mark to Hunt moments before the siren went. On a tough angle around 35 metres out, Hunt slotted it through like he'd played AFL his entire life and the Suns were stunning victors. Remarkably, the Tigers are yet to win a match against the Suns.
Winning State of Origin may seem like a foregone conclusion to many Queenslanders these days, but they'll remember this one for a very long time. NSW and Queensland traded the lead but at 16-8 the Blues began a fightback that has not been seen for nearly seven years. Coming hard at the Maroons, NSW scored with just 10 minutes to go and looked odds-on to win their first series in years, but star halfback Cooper Cronk had other ideas. Cronk gets the ball 35 metres out and slots an amazing field goal and the Maroons hold on for a memorable Origin victory.
Fantastic racehorses inspire Australians. Phar Lap continues to be a legend while more recently Makybe Diva stopped the nation's heart three times in a row at the Melbourne Cup. For Black Caviar, her moment to shine in history came at Royal Ascot. Her amazing run of 21 wins straight was going to get its biggest test, and so it proved as she won by just a nose.
Michael Clarke has always been a polarising figure in Australian cricket, but the national team captain proved beyond any doubt he is one talented cricketer. He tore about India's bowling at the SCG to record an innings just short of the 334 set by Mark Taylor, somthing which proved he is a team man and not focused on his own rewards. It was a cricketing moment to cherish and a bright spot for Australia.
Novak Djokovic's big break in the Australian Open
The Men's Australian Open final broke records as the longest grand slam final in history, and it showcased the best of two of the best players in tennis history. A pulsing, see-sawing encounter between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal looked like going the Spaniard's way in the fifth set, but the then world number one never gave up. A thrilling break of service gave Djokovic the edge as Nadal missed one of the easier shots of the night and the rest was history.
West Indies Chris Gayle is a very special player, and again showed why by hitting the first ever six off the first ball in a Test. Facing Bangladesh offspinner Sohag Gazi, a Test debutant, he sent the ball straight over the inexperienced bowler's head. And just to add insult to injury, he hit another six off the fourth delivery. Gayle's stellar start didn't reflect in a great innings though, as Gazi got revenge at the end of the fourth over.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores four, including a screamer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been a prolific striker, but his stunning four-goal effort for Sweden against England has to rate as one of the best games in football. The first two goals were class, while his free kick from distance was sublime. But it was his final goal, a volley from 30 yards out on a tough angle, that will go down in history. It was probably one of the best goals in the last decade and capped an unbelievable performance.
Jetta outruns Rioli in battle of the excitement machines
In a moment that perhaps defined the AFL grand final in 2012, two of the most exciting speedsters in the game went head-to-head in a footrace. It was a passage of play that ultimately mirrored the match as Lewis Jetta proved just a bit too much for Cyril Rioli and gave the Swan a crucial win in the battle of the speedsters. Jetta went on to be sensational during the match, while Rioli couldn't reach his destructive best.
Manchester City's last-gasp Premier League win
Sergio Aguero's injury-time winner secured the 2011/12 Premier League title for Manchester City in probably the most dramatic fashion imagionable. Trailing 2-1 down in the 91st minute against Queen's Park Rangers, who also had Joey Barton sent off during the match, Edin Dzeko gave the Eastlands club the faintest of hopes with only a win enough to secure them the title. Enter Aguero, who, with barely 90 seconds to go in the match, bundled in a goal with his right foot and sealing the title.
Mario Manningham pulled off a sensational catch that was crucial to the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots 21-17. Mario's catch inches from the sideline was the catalyst that set up Ahmad Bradshaw's game-winning 6-yard run with 57 seconds to go. At that moment, the Giants were down 15-17 and the play epitomised one of the wildest NFL finals in recent memory.
Michael Phelps sealed his place in Olympic swimming history after he secured his 18th gold medal in London. His leg of the 4x100m medley was not one to go down in history, but the moment that 18th medal was placed around his neck was special. Phelps ended his career as the undisputed best Olympic swimmer of all time.
Geelong have remained undefeated against Hawthorn since their grand final loss in 2008, and the champion club kept that record intact in spectacular fashion. After putting on a dominant display against the then flag favourites, scoring 57 in the first quarter alone - a record against the Hawks. Then Hawthorn turned the screws and unbelievably took the lead into the last quarter. With less than a minute to go, Hawthorn led by 4 before the Cats hit back with a goal after the siren from star forward Tom Hawkins on the 50 mark in what was the best game of the AFL season 2012.