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Cadel Evans wins Tour de France? Shane Warne on the 1993 axis? What is your all-time favorite Aussie sport moment? Choose from our top 10

Cadel Evans wins Tour de France? Shane Warne on the 1993 axis? What is your all-time favorite Aussie sport moment? Choose from our top 10

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

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

And with the Commonwealth Games soon to be another stage on which the green and gold will shine, it’s time for your favorite ‘Yes!’ all-time sporting moment.

From classic cricket to the Tour de France and even an unexpected win at the Winter Olympics, we’ve picked these the 10 best historical moments the Aussies have seen as the best.

Which of these sports moments do you think is the most beautiful in the history of Australian sport? Vote in our poll below.

Legendary: John Aloisi celebrates victory over Japan in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup ... an iconic moment for Socceroo

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

1. Kill the Samurai

John Aloisi’s punishment against Uruguay in 2005 was the iconic image of Socceroos’ playoff win to qualify for a first World Cup final since 1974.

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

Poll

What is your best Aussie sport 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 1983’s America’s Cup 191 votes
  • Pat Cash won 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
  • The Tour de France by Cadel Evans in 2011 106 votes

2. Unexpected hero

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

He advanced to Australia’s first individual Winter Olympics gold when the other four finalists fell in the last inning.

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

3. Everyone is Cathy

If Cathy Freeman felt the weight of a country’s expectations on her shoulders in Sydney 2000 after lighting the Olympic Opening Ceremony Flame, the skin-friendly hero didn’t show it as she kicked away in the last 400-meter turn.

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

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

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

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

4. The Thorpedo

Ian Thorpe’s special swimming in the Sydney 2000 4x100m freestyle relay – which the US had not lost since its introduction in 1964 – was special.

Klim took the lead, Fydler and Kallus held on … then Thorpe. Fresh from 400 yards of gold, he gave a master class to rival Gary Hall Jr, giving up half a body length before flooding him when it came to the gold.

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

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

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

Going for Gold: Ian Thorpe's brilliant career included some spectacular Olympic victories

Going for Gold: Ian Thorpe's brilliant career included some spectacular Olympic victories

Going for Gold: Ian Thorpe’s brilliant career included some spectacular Olympic victories

5. David defeats Goliath

Australia II’s victory in the 1983 America’s Cup captured the nation’s imagination.

David defeated Goliath – the US – ending their 132 years of dominance.

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

Prime Minister Bob Hawke famously stated, “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 Ivan Lendl’s No. 1 in the 1987 Wimbledon final.

Melbourne volleyball was expected to fold, but he declined and won in straight sets.

With his iconic plaid headband, Cash also became the first champion to enter 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

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” outer leg stump, turning it like a demon and cutting the top of the stump. Gatting was stunned. Fans are still amazed.

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

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

Cricketing 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 batsman cannot be called. Sir Donald Bradman’s 334, which failed to hit Headingley in 1930, was furious.

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

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in Ashes in 1930

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in Ashes in 1930

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in Ashes in 1930

9. Above the packaging

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

The fullback showed no attention to personal safety that threw itself into the pack and invented the pill – a decisive act for the swans and an exclamation point in a man-of-the-match effort.

Wrapping up the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans dazzled the crowd with a word of thanks in both French and English when he won the 2011 Tour de France

Wrapping up the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans dazzled the crowd with a word of thanks in both French and English when he won the 2011 Tour de France

Wrapping up the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans dazzled the crowd with a word of thanks in both French and English when he won the 2011 Tour de France

10. Vive l’Australie

Cadel Evans captured the chances of winning the 2011 Tour de France.

He reached the height of his sport through determination and deception, fighting the elements and politics that make the race such a race.

Then he accepted his crown with class – a speech in French and then in English earned him admiration far beyond his home borders.

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