Sport pictures of the year: 2011

Sport images of the year… 2011

It has been yet another memorable year in the world of sport – and there are some incredible images that will remain ingrained in our minds. Here, online sports picture editor Dave Muir compiles his pick of pics for 2011…

Frankie Dettori leaps for joy after winning the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes on Gamilati at Newmarket

Frankie Dettori leaps for joy after winning the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes on Gamilati at Newmarket

Wayne Rooney is captured mid-air as he scores a stunning overhead kick for Manchester United against arch rivals City at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney is captured mid-air as he scores a stunning overhead kick for Manchester United against arch rivals City at Old Trafford

Mexico

Mexico”s Gabriel Martinez lands a blow on Mark Melligen of the Philippines during their welterweight fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas

Cross country skiers race over a frozen lake in the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland

Cross country skiers race over a frozen lake in the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland

Adam Kleeberger - complete with huge beard - in action for Canada against Japan at the Rugby World Cup

Adam Kleeberger – complete with huge beard – in action for Canada against Japan at the Rugby World Cup

Miguel Angel Jimenez warms up with stretches and a cigar before the final round of the Open at Royal St George

Miguel Angel Jimenez warms up with stretches and a cigar before the final round of the Open at Royal St George”s in Sandwich

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning his second F1 championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning his second F1 championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka

Novak Djokovic tastes the Centre Court grass after beating Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final at the All England Tennis Club

Novak Djokovic tastes the Centre Court grass after beating Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final at the All England Tennis Club

An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium on July 27 to mark one year to go before the Games

An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium on July 27 to mark one year to go before the Games

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan goes toe-to-toe with AC Milan

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan goes toe-to-toe with AC Milan”s Gennaro Gattuso during the Champions League match at the San Siro

Maxime Bouet leads the AG2R La Mondiale team during the second stage of the Tour de France time trial in Cholet

Maxime Bouet leads the AG2R La Mondiale team during the second stage of the Tour de France time trial in Cholet

England

England”s James Anderson celebrates his catch to dismiss Australia”s Peter Siddle in front of the Barmy Army during day five of the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Tom Daley performs a dive into the pool of the newly-finished Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London

Tom Daley performs a dive into the pool of the newly-finished Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London

Rory McIlroy takes a shot off the helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai as part of a publicity stunt

Rory McIlroy takes a shot off the helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai as part of a publicity stunt

Equestrian rider William Fox-Pitt takes his horse for a gallop on Exmouth beach as part of a shoot for Sportsmail

Equestrian rider William Fox-Pitt takes his horse for a gallop on Exmouth beach as part of a shoot for Sportsmail