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Geraint Thomas And The 19 Other Iconic Moments In Welsh Sport

As Geraint Thomas enjoys one of the iconic moments of Welsh sport by winning the Tour de France, the question is already being asked – is it the most iconic?

Is it the greatest moment in Welsh sporting history?

Has any Welsh sporting star achieved a more notable, more praiseworthy, more admirable, or simply more difficult accomplishment than winning cycling’s greatest race?

Dai Sport loves a debate, so here’s some contenders to kick off the arguments.

In no particular order, and certainly with no particular fixed rules or requirements, we present 20 Iconic Moments in Welsh Sport.

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  • Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman, and only third Briton, to win the Tour de France in 2018.


  • Fred Keenor lifts the FA Cup aloft after Cardiff City beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in 1927 – the only time the old trophy has ever left England before or since.


  • Paulo Radmilovic, swimmer and water polo players, wins his fourth Olympic gold medal in Antwerp in 1920 – a record for a British athlete that stood until Sir Steve Redgrave beat it in 2000 with his fifth gold.


  • Nicole Cooke wins the Olympic road race gold in Beijing in 2008 to become the first Welsh woman to win an individual Olympic title. She then went on to take the world title shortly after.


  • Hugh ‘Jumbo’Edwards wins two Olympic rowing gold medals in the space of three hours in Los Angeles in 1932.


  • Long distance runner Steve Jones breaks the world marathon record in Chicago in 1984.


  • Already Olympic champion in 2012, Jade Jones successfully defends her Olympic taekwondo gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.


  • Ryan Giggs becomes the most successful British footballer in history when he wins his 13th title with Manchester United in May 2013 at the age of 39.
Jade Jones. Pic: Getty Images.


  • Barry John ends the final Lions Test v New Zealand in 1971 with 30 of their 48 points scored in the series as they become the only Lions team to win a series in New Zealand.


  • Lynn Davies wins the Olympic long jump gold in Tokyo in 1964 to become the first Welsh athlete to win an individual Olympic title.


  • Ian Woosnam wins the Masters golf title in 1991, becoming the first Welshman to win one of the four major tournaments and is officially ranked No.1 golfer in the world.


  • Ray Reardon wins the world snooker title for the sixth time in 1978 at the age of 45 – the oldest winner in the tournament’s history.


  • Elinor Barker wins cycling’s World Points Race in 2017 – a year after striking Olympic gold in Rio in the Team Pursuit.


  • John Charles ends the 1957-58 season with 28 goals and is Italian football’s top scorer as he takes Juventus to the title in his first season at the club.


  • Colin Jackson breaks the world 110m hurdles record (12.92 sec) in winning the World title in Stuttgart in 1993. The record stood for 12 years.
Colin Jackson won 110m hurdles gold at 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.


  • Joe Calzaghe signs off with a win 21stdefence of a world title against Roy Jones Jnr to end his career with an unbeaten 46-0 record at Madison Square Gardens.


  • Richard Meade wins team and Olympic gold in the three-day event in Munich in 1972 to make it three gold medals after his 1968 team success in Mexico.


  • Gareth Bale scores an incredible bicycle-kick goal for Real Madrid to win his fourth Champions League title in 2018.


  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won an incredible 16 Paralympic medals – 11 of them gold – over five Games. The Cardiff born star also won the London Marathon six times as well as 12 medals at World Championships.


  • Gareth Edwards scores for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973 – widely recognized as the greatest try of all-time.



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