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Pictures of the year: UPI's top sports images of 2021(35 images)

Sporting events have made their return around the world in 2021, including the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. UPI photographers captured athletes around the world in triumph and defeat. Here's a selection.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama celebrates wearing the Green Jacket after winning in the final round of the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 11, where Matsuyama wins his first major with a score of 10 under par. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Italy's Filippo Tortu (L) beats out Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake at the finish line of the men's 4x100-meter relay finals during the Tokyo Summer Olympics on August 6. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/UPI
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The United States' Simone Biles performs her routine on the balance beam during the women's individual apparatus artistic gymnastics final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on August 3. Biles won bronze and discontinued her competition, citing her mental health. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI
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The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan celebrates as she crosses the finish line ahead of Hellen Obiri of Kenya and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia to win the gold medal in the women's 5,000-meter event at the athletics competition during the Tokyo Summer Olympics on August 2. Photo by Bob Strong/UPI
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