Sporting history is full of phenomenal moments and amazing athletes, with countless major events, breath-taking wins and heart-breaking loses, sports is not short of historical moments. But there are particular races, games and matches that are simply unforgettable.
Horse racing is a popular betting sport of the excitement of its unpredictable outcomes and close wins. Walter Swinburn rode Shergar in the 1981 derby and made racing history by winning the race, in not only the quickest time ever but by the biggest margin in racing history, winning by 10-lengths. The runner up famously believed he was in the lead as Shergar was winning by such a large distance.
The Olympics is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, with the London 2012 Olympics being the most-watched. As well as this, the winning of a medal at such a prestigious event is an indescribable honour for any athlete, but winning 28 is something else. Michael Phelps holds the record for the most Olympic medals as well as holding 7 world records. In 2007, Phelps attended the World Swimming Championships and came home with 8 gold medals and 4 individual world records at this singular event. This is seen as a perfect sporting performance.
The 2017 NFL in Houston, Texas between the Patriots and the Falcons. Nearing the end of this game, the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points which tied the game to 28-28. The game proceeded to overtime and the Patriots won the coin toss and eventually dove the ball 75 yards and therefore won with a two-yard touchdown; breaking more than 30 team or individual records.
‘The Bite Fight’. In June of 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield took to the ring for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. During the fight, Holyfield head-butted Tyson and caused a nasty gash on his right eyelid, this was ruled as an accident by the referee but led to Tyson losing control and in retaliation, savagely bit both of Holyfield’s ears, leading to him losing half of one. Tyson was not disqualified until he bit the other ear, therefore making Holyfield the WBA Champion of the World by default.
2016 saw one of the biggest overcome of odds in football history. During the Premier League, Leicester City overcame an unthinkable 5000-1 odds, leading to bookies biggest ever pay-outs to those who placed ‘joke bets’, who will be paying out £25 million, the biggest loss in British history on a single sporting event, and therefore the lucky few winded up winning around £100,000 each. These crazy odds were offered due to the assumed improbability of the team winning, but the game is now referred to as a great day for dreamers and optimist; never to be repeated.
Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. In the 1998 NBA finals in Utah, Jordan played his last game for the Chicago Bulls and made history in the process, he scored the ‘last shot’ which led to his 6th championship. The shot was a 17-footer with 5.2 seconds left to give the Bulls an 87-86 lead.