One In A Million Sporting Moments

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon in just under two hours on Saturday and he has captivated the sporting world with his amazing achievement.

One commentator has even likened the moment to Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.

While some cynics might think it was staged (which it was) he still had to do it and the outcome was stunning.

With that in mind, we’ve gone into the archives to bring you some of those one in a million moments from the world of Sport from over the years.

 Eliud Kipchoge

Over the weekend Kipchoge became the first person in history (Recorded) to run a 26.2 mile (42 kms) in just under two hours – clocking in at 1:59:40.2

The “INEOS 1:59 Challenge” in Vienna, Austria was organized by a chemical company so that Kipchoge could break the record and he was assisted by an electric pacer car that shot a laser beam to mark the best spot on the road with a team of professional runners to rotate beside him to set the pace.

He still did it and people are still in awe over this amazing feat.

Speaking after the moment Kipchoge tweeted

While the marathon was impressive, here are some more “Freak of Nature” moments in sport

Michael Jordan “The Shot” 1989

The GOAT provided many a legendary moment but then there’s the one they call “The Shot”

Back in Game 5 of the 1989 NBA playoffs the Bulls and Cavs were tied 2-2 and the Bulls needed to win to advance in the best of five series.

With the game tight and six lead changes in the final minutes of regulation, Cavs guard Craig Ehlo gave them the lead 100-99.

This gave enough time for Jordan to wave his magic, creating space over Ehlo with his iconic foul-line jumper at the buzzer sinking the Cavs.

Michael Phelps’ eighth Gold Medal – Beijing 2008

With a lazy 23 Olympic Gold Medals to his name, US Swimming Legends Eight Medal haul at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, breaking the record of Mark Spitz’s seven medal effort in 1972, might be something we will never see again.

Phelps holds the record for the most number of Gold Medals at the games with a clean sweep of eight in all of his events in Beijing.

Five of Phelps Medals came from individual events.

Phelps recently told the Olympic Channel that his record might be broken at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Kieren Perkins Olympic Gold 1996 From Lane 8

Leading into the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Kieren Perkins was hampered by injury, illness, a loss of form and a serious loss of self-confidence.

At the games, Perkins was struggling in the heats with stomach cramps, costing him 10 seconds and barely just qualifying for the 1500 meters Freestyle final.

Under pressure to perform a repeat of what he achieved in Barcelona 1992, Perkins blitzed it from lane eight in the final showing one of the most amazing displays of determination, athleticism and strength from adversity you will ever see in Sport.

Makybe Diva Melbourne Cup 2005

Before Winx, before Black Caviar – there was Makybe Diva.

The seven-year-old Lee Freedman trained, Glen Boss ridden mare became the only horse to win three successive Melbourne Cup’s in the history of the race that stops the nation (along with winning the 2005 Cox Plate.)

The owner Tony Stantic retired Makybe Div after what would be her third and final victory.

Shane Warne Ball of the Century 1993

“And he’s done it” – Richie Benaud.

What more can you say?

We couldn’t possibly do this list without including the ball of the century.

Winx Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2018

What can you possibly write about the mighty mare that hasn’t been written?

There will never be another horse like Winx and when she won her fourth straight Ladbrokes Cox Plate back in 2018 and we were proud to be part of Australian sporting folklore.

Roger Bannister 4 Minute Mile

Back in 1954, British athlete Roger Bannister became the first man to complete the four-minute mile.

Through blustery and damp conditions at Oxford, it looked unlikely that Bannister would set a record on the day, but with an explosive kick – his signature move, Banister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes at 3:59.4

This broke through a longtime mystical barrier and became one of the most iconic moments in sports history.

Usain Bolt 9.59

At the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt broke the world record of 9.58 seconds in the men’s 100 meters sprint.

The record was broken by a stunning eleven-hundredths of a second with Bolt breaking his own record from the Beijing Olympics the previous year in one of the most breathtaking runs you will ever see.

Bob Beamon’s Long Jump Olympic Record

One of the most talked-about sporting records in history, Bob Beamon’s jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games has been described as “The Perfect Jump” and arguably the greatest sporting achievement of all-time.

The astounding long jump that measured 8.90 is still an undefeated Olympic record and shattered the previous World Record by a whopping 55 centimetres.

Beamon’s jump smashed through the then imperial measurement of 28-29 feet beyond what the measuring equipment was capable of.

Extra tape measures had to be found and when the distance showed up on the scoreboard in the Stadium many including Bob Beamon himself couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of what he had jumped.

Pele 1959

There have been plenty of stars come close but nothing will compare to the efforts of Pele’s 157 goals back in 1959.

FIFA does not officially acknowledge this record but who are we not to believe Pele?

Tony Lockett 1300 Goals

It’s been over 10 years since an AFL Player (Lance Franklin in 2008) kicked over 100 goals in a season and 20 years since Tony Lockett broke the all-time VFL/AFL goal kicking record of 1300, beating the long-held title from Collingwood’s Gordon Coventry of 1299.

With the way the modern game of Australian Rules Football is played, you will never, ever see the likes of Tony Lockett again.

The song was right – There’s only one Tony Lockett.

St.George 11 premierships in a row

Forget the dominance of the likes of the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm of recent years, nothing compares to the St.George Dragons efforts of 11 premierships in a row from 1956 – 1966.

This is a world record for a first-grade team in any sport and in the age of the salary cap, it will most certainly be an achievement that will never be matched ever again.

Don Bradman 99.94 Batting Average

To get technical, the Don’s batting average was 99.94 in Test Matches and 95.14 in First-Class Cricket.

Google “Don Bradman Batting Average” and it will come up with 99.9!

They say you’re only as good as your last innings, which in the case for Bradman was a Duck, but we’re willing to let that slide.

Black Caviar 25 Wins From 25 Starts

We’ve been spoiled with some of the greatest thoroughbred horses of all-time in recent years and Black Caviar is arguably the GOAT, even when you put Winx in the equation.

Black Caviar was undefeated in 25 races, including 15 Group One’s, eclipsing the then held record of Kingston Town and of course, was trained by Ladbrokes own, Peter Moody.

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