The Aussie surfer who was attacked by a shark last year just returned to the same spot and won


Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning completed one of the feelgood sporting stories of the year on Saturday when he won the Jeffreys Bay Open in South Africa - a year after he was attacked by a shark at the same location.

If you haven't seen the dramatic footage of the attack here it is - Fanning survives only after punching the shark, which swam up behind him as he was waiting for a wave in last year's final.

Fanning has suffered a difficult 12 months since the incident, after which his brother tragically died before he split from his wife of seven years.

The 35-year-old has lightened his workload - after the attack he unsurprisingly suggested he would be happy never to compete again - but completed an incredible tale of overcoming adversity with his win.

Fanning was understandably pretty emotional after the success - declaring he had righted a wrong from last year - before also posting a picture of himself holding the winner's trophy with the words: "This feels good!! Thank you to everyone that supported me. Thank you Jbay for being so special!!

After his win Fanning was the toast of Twitter, if not the sporting world.

What a legend!