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Top 20 sporting moments of the decade

16th December 2009

The Telegraph has been asking readers to vote for what they think was the greatest sporting moment of the decade in their online poll. The top twenty includes great sporting individuals as well as teams and some of Speakers Corner's favourite speakers.

See the list of the top 20 below:

Steve Redgrave won a fifth Olympic gold medal at a fifth consecutive Games at Sydney in 2000 when he won rowing's coxless fours alongside Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster.

Michael Owen scored a hat trick against Germany during England's 5-1 trouncing of Germany in Munich's Olympic Stadium. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey completed the rout.

David Beckham scored a last-minute equaliser against Greece in England's second leg play-off at Old Trafford in 2001 to ensure their participation in the World Cup finals in 2002.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid's France midfielder, scored a stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final in Glasgow to earn his side a ninth European Cup.

Mike Tyson was knocked out by Britain's Lennox Lewis in June 2002 to deny Iron Mike the chance to regain his world heavyweight title belts.

Best Mate went into the 2004 Cheltenham Gold Cup under immense pressure. The Jim Lewis-owned nine-year-old, however, claimed the first hat-trick since the Arkle 38 years previously.

When Jonny Wilkinson, England's hero from the 2003 Rugby World Cup final victory, dropped the winning goal against hosts Australia in a packed Telstra Stadium in Sydney.

Michael Schumacher, the Ferrari Formula One driver, claimed a record-breaking seventh world drivers' championship at Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps track in 2004. The German retired in 2006.

Kelly Holmes, the British middle-distance runner, won 800 metres and 1,500m gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Liverpool won the European Cup after Steven Gerrard's side came from 3-0 down at half time to AC Milan in Istanbul to perform one of the greatest ever comebacks in sport.

Michael Vaughan became the first England captain to lift the urn in 18 years when his side regained the Ashes in 2005.

Lance Armstrong, the US cyclist, wonj his seventh successive Tour de France triumph in 2007. Armstrong won more Tours than any other rider before retiring - for just three years.

Arsenal's record-breaking 2003/04 season. Arsène Wenger's side went the entire league campaign without defeat.

Michael Phelps, the US swimmer, won a remarkable eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to beat compatriot Mark Spitz's long-standing record of seven in a single Games.

Chris Hoy won three track cycling gold medals at the Beijing Games. He was later knighted, named BBC Sports Personality of the Year and, unsurprisingly, became the public face of British cycling.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica claimed an individual double in Beijing where he won Olympic titles at 100m and 200m, breaking both world records.

When Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, the five-time defending champion, in the unforgettable Wimbledon men's singles final of 2008.

Hampered by a chronic knee injury, Tiger Woods claimed a 14th major when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines. The world No 1 denied Rocco Mediate in a play-off after almost quitting in the second round.

Lewis Hamilton claimed a maiden Formula One world drivers' title in dramatic style after McLaren's British driver overtook Timo Glock on the final straight at the Brazil GP to deny Felipe Massa.

British & Irish Lions second Test against South Africa during the 2009 tour. The epic match was lost with the last kick of the game.

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