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BEST Sports Photos of the Year: Part I

December 23, 2013 13:39 IST

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All round the year the sportspersons have enthralled their fans with their sheer determination to excel, their athleticism and other gravity-defying moves.

Rediff.com presents the best photographs of year from the world of sports.

When tennis hailed its new kings as Rafael Nadal reclaimed the throne as World's No 1 in men's singles. When two bombs shook the Boston marathon as it blew up seconds apart at the finish line, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100.

Rediff.com has it all and more snapped, right here!

Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi of Germany compete in their free skate ice dance program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters

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ManchesterCity's Vincent Kompany (right) gets hit in his face as he is challenged by Manchester United's David de Gea

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Photographs: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Sandra Mandret of Luxembourg (left) fights with Joanna Jedrzejcz of Poland during their fight in World Muay Thai Angels 2013 in Bangkok.

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Photographs: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

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PAOK Salonika's Stefanos Athanasiadis (left) challenges AZ Alkmaar's Jeffrey Gouweleeuw during their Europa League soccer match in Alkmaar.

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Photographs: Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos/Reuters

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Rafael Nadal replaced Novak Djokovic as the men's new World No 1.

But it was Djokovic who won his fourth China Open title in five years, prevailing 6-3, 6-4 in the final against Nadal.

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Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

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Real Madrid and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo reacts as a fan grabs his face while signing autographs upon arrival at the MadridWax Museum, in Madrid.

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Photographs: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

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Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany perform during the pairs free programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan.

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Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

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England's Stuart Broad is hit by a delivery off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Johnson during the fourth day's play in the second Ashes cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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Justin Williams (left) punches Orlano Lora during their super welterweight bout at BarclaysCenter in Brooklyn, NY.

Williams won via fourth round TKO.

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Photographs: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

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Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring over 130 on a day when tens of thousands of people packed the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons.

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Photographs: Dan Lampariello/Reuters

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