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Sports Review of the Year 2001
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Ronnie O'Sullivan Owen and Houllier Bayern Munich
 
The people’s champion finally becomes world champion as Ronnie O’Sullivan lifts the world snooker championship for the first time. The “Rocket”, who had only recently recovered from personal problems, beats Scotland’s John Higgins 18-14 in a tense final in Sheffield.
 
 
More silverware for the already bulging Anfield trophy cabinet – first comes the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in Cardiff, thanks to two goals from Michael Owen. Then, just four days later, the Reds lift the Uefa Cup after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Alaves in Dortmund.
 
 
Oliver Kahn is Bayern Munich’s hero after saving three spot-kicks in the Champions League final against Valencia in Milan. The penalty shoot-out win, after the match finishes 1-1, finally compensates the German side for their injury-time defeat by Manchester United in 1999.
 
Sir Steven Redgrave Martin Johnson Darren Gough
 
Arise Sir Steven Redgrave, whose phenomenal achievements are honoured with a knighthood from the Queen. The five-time Olympic gold medallist is also given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards Gala in Monaco.
 
 
Leicester captain Martin Johnson is all smiles as he finally gets his hands – and head – on rugby union's Heineken Cup for the first time. He lifts the trophy after the Tigers fight all the way for a tense 34-30 victory over Stade Francais in Paris.
 
 
Another one bites the dust for England bowler Darren Gough. The Yorkshire paceman is suitably pleased after taking one of his eight wickets in England’s comprehensive victory by an innings and nine runs over a shocked Pakistan side at Lords.
 
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