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Ultimate review of 2011: August

By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith

 
 

Libya

After a turbulent campaign, the Libyan rebels captured Tripoli on August 28.

This represented the symbolic end of the civil war however whilst Gaddafi was still alive and other areas of Libya undecided upon its loyalties, there was still much tension in the country.

So, the civil war in Libya, being named the Battle of Tripoli, rumbled on.

Economy

A world stock market crash bought back into focus just how vulnerable the world economy was.

This was all triggered by the downgrading of US debt and the possibility of a US default.

The US, the world’s biggest economy, had a $14 trillion limit to it’s debt which was reached.

With political stalemate in the US any increase on this debt ceiling was hard to secure as both parties shared different views. At the seventh hour a solution was reached averting what would surely have become a global crisis of doomsday proportions.

  Earthquake in Washington

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook Washington, D.C. on August 23, 2011.
Two of the National Cathedral ‘s pinnacles on the central tower were badly damaged and was announced closed for an indefinite amount of time.

The quake was reported to be a record breaker for the area.

Music

August started with former X-Factor contestant Cher Lloyd releasing her debut single ‘Swagger Jagger’, which topped the charts.

Then Nero (‘Promises’), Wretch 32 (‘Don’t Go’), Olly Murs (‘Heart Skipped a Beat’) and Example (‘Stay Awake’) also topped the UK singles chart in the UK.

 

Sport

Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics next summer it was time for the Athletics World Championships, this year being hosted in South Korea. After two weeks of action it was the United States who came top of the medal table with a total 25 medals, including 12 golds. Russia came second with 19 and Kenya third with a total of 17. It will be the 100 metres that the championships are most remembered for as world record holder and reigning champion Usain Bolt went to defend his title. However the sprinting world was shocked as Bolt false started and was disqualified from the competition. Therefore allowing fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake to take the title.

Over in America, Novak Djokovic continued his amazing year as he won his third grand slam of the year after beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the US open. In doing so he became only the sixth male player in the open year to win three grand slams in one year and became the first player to beat Nadal in two consecutive finals. Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Serena Williams (USA) on her home soil to win the women’s title.

Elsewhere in America the final major of the golfing season also took place, as American rookie Keegan Bradley beat fellow American Jason Dufner in a three hole playoff to win his first ever major. A feat that meant that all four of the majors this year were won by first time winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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