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Famous Sporting Achievements That Would Not Have Happened If The Tournament Had Been Abandoned Early And Awarded To The Then Leaders.

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Lasse Viren

Fell in the Olympic 10,000m final only to get up and win gold in a world record time. Munich, 31 August 1972

At the start of the Munich Games, Lasse Viren, a 23-year-old Finnish policeman from the small village of Myrskyla, was not widely known. Indeed, the heats of the 10,000 metres were his Olympic debut. But when he stumbled and fell just before the halfway mark in the final his chance of victory seemed to have gone. The Tunisian Mohamed Gammoudi (who had won the 5,000 metres at the 1968 Olympics) tripped over Viren and gave up two laps later. But the Finnish runner calmly got to his feet and chased his way back into contention, overtaking Britain's David Bedford, the long-time leader, to not only win the gold medal, but set a world record of 27min 38.4sec. Ten days later, he also won the 5,000m (in an Olympic record time) - a double that he repeated in Montreal in 1976.

Hampshire

Bowled out for 15 and made to follow on, they went on to beat Yorkshire by 155 runs. County championship Edgbaston, 14-17 June 1922

Headingley '81 is the best known comeback in cricket history, but an even better one took place 59 years earlier. After Hampshire's collapse (they lasted 53 balls), they still trailed by 208 runs on the first innings. So confident was Warwickshire's captain, F.S.G. Calthorpe, that he suggested his team's amateurs play a golf match in the time left over once they had won the cricket. Lord Tennyson, the Hampshire captain, bridled at this and bet Calthorpe £10 his team would win - and won his money. In their second innings, Hampshire made 521 and then bowled Warwickshire out for 158.

Charlton

5-1 down with half an hour to go, having played most of the match with 10 men, they won 7-6. Second Division, The Valley, 21 December 1957

Huddersfield manager Bill Shankly watched in horror as Charlton's hero of the hour - dashing left-winger Johnny Summers (pictured) - engineered the most remarkable comeback in football history, scoring five and just for good measure setting-up the other two. From being four down, Summers's goals - including a six-minute hat-trick - gave Charlton a 6-5 lead with two minutes left. Huddersfield promptly equalised, only for Summers to lay on the winner for John Ryan, who scored with the final kick of the game. 'Amazing, incredible, fantastic...' as one reporter put it at the time. Summers later revealed that he changed his boots at half-time after his old pair had started falling apart.

Henri Cochet

Almost overwhelmed by Bill Tilden in three sets - then beats him in five. Wimbledon semi-final 30 June 1927

FR Burrow, a famous Wimbledon referee, described this game as the most astounding event in his time at the championships. Cochet, a dapper little Frenchman, was being overpowered by the great American 'Big Bill' Tilden, who won the first two sets and led 5-1 in the third. Extraordinarily, though, Cochet, daring to take the ball earlier and earlier, won the match, 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-3. The spectators, said Burrow, were 'almost too spellbound to applaud'. Cochet, who had also come from two sets down to win his quarter- final, did so again in the final, saving six match points before claiming victory over compatriot Jean Borotra.

Hermit

A 1,000-15 shot, nursing a serious injury, he races from the back to the front to win the Derby. Epsom, 22 May 1867

Barely a week before the big race, Hermit pulled up with a broken blood vessel running in a trial at Newmarket. However, the rivalry between his owner, Henry Chaplin, and the Marquis of Hastings (who stood to lose £120,000 if Hermit won) ensured the colt's appearance in the classic. But with unseasonal snow flurries blowing across the Downs, Hermit's starting odds of 1,000-15 appeared a little miserly as he remained at the back of the field approaching Tattenham Corner. Suddenly he took off under the driving of jockey John Daley and at the winning post stretched out to beat the 10-1 chance Marksman by a neck. The Marquis of Hastings, it is said, went deathly pale.

Dennis Taylor

After losing the first seven frames of the world snooker final he goes on to beat Steve Davis. The Crucible, Sheffield, 29 April 1985

When Steve Davis made his first significant mistake in the eighth frame, it seemed irrelevant. The world champion had won the opening seven frames, and Dennis Taylor was in danger of losing ignominiously. But Taylor won that eighth frame and so began snooker's greatest revival. He levelled the match at 17-all, and then won the deciding frame on a respotted black.

France

Overcame a 14-point deficit in a World Cup semi-final to beat the mighty All Blacks. Twickenham, 30 October 1999

New Zealand led 24-10 after 44 minutes, so in statistical terms not rugby union's greatest comeback, but what elevated this remarkable victory was the awesome reputation of the vanquished. A 14-point lead seemed more than enough for the All Blacks, but in a burst of exhilarating adventure and cool kicking by fly-half Christophe Lamaison, France retaliated with 26 points in 13 minutes to win 43-31. 'This,' said Bill McLaren, 'was the greatest game of rugby I have been privileged to see.'

Gary Player

Down by seven holes in the world matchplay, he still wins. Wentworth, 15 Oct 1965

After 19 holes of his semi-final against America's Tony Lema, Player trailed by seven. From then on he was brilliant, but still two down with three to play. He retrieved one of these and then at the last hole hit a fantastic second, a wood that finished 15ft from the flag. He won a memorable match at the 37th.

Buffalo Bills

Losing by 32 points, they still find a way to win. NFL wild card game, Rich Stadium, 3 Jan 1999

The greatest comeback in NFL history was all the more remarkable because it was masterminded by Buffalo's back-up quarterback Frank Reich, not Jim Kelly, their regular play-caller and a notable escape artist. Trailing 35-3, Reich threw four touchdown passes, the last three to Andre Reed, to propel Buffalo into a 35-35 tie. The game went into overtime, when Steve Christie's 32-yard field goal sealed a stupendous victory for the Bills.

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Wentworth world matchplay, Sandy Lyle beats Nick Faldo from 6 down after 18 holes.

Scotland down by 31 - 0 to England at half time, only end u drawing as they lost a try in the last few minutes to tie 38-38

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Stephen Hendry.

Think he was down 8-1 to Mike Hallet in the Masters final. Won the last 2 sessions 4-0. 

Liverpool and Man U’s champions league final victories in 2005 and 1999 respectively.

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17 minutes ago, B1872 said:

Stephen Hendry.

Think he was down 8-1 to Mike Hallet in the Masters final. Won the last 2 sessions 4-0. 

Liverpool and Man U’s champions league final victories in 2005 and 1999 respectively.

I’m sure Hendry came from miles back against Jimmy White in the World Championship final.

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1 minute ago, ForeverAndEver said:

Technically every single one

I'd already thought that, and decided technically not true, maybe around 97.2865 %

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56 minutes ago, left winger said:

I’m sure Hendry came from miles back against Jimmy White in the World Championship final.

You're spot on bud. White was leading 14-8 and Hendry won 10 frames in a row including 7 century breaks, he was fucking awesome in his day.

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2 minutes ago, RS4_wul said:

You're spot on bud. White was leading 14-8 and Hendry won 10 frames in a row including 7 century breaks, he was fucking awesome in his day.

Was working in a bookies beside Bridge st underground at the time and a Chinese punter put something like £200 on each of 18-8, 18-9 and 18-10 to White. Made me laugh!

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1 minute ago, left winger said:

Was working in a bookies beside Bridge st underground at the time and a Chinese punter put something like £200 on each of 18-8, 18-9 and 18-10 to White. Made me laugh!

FFS mental amount of money back then.

I think Hendry pumped Jimmy White in the world final 3 times, including that incredible 10 frames in a row comeback. 

 

White fans must hate Hendry with a passion :lol:

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New England patriots super bowl win v the falcons in 2017 comes to mind.

arsenal needing to win by 2 clear goals, and beating  Liverpool by 2-0 to win the league, at anfield I 1989 on goal difference in the last game of the season. 
 

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3 hours ago, RS4_wul said:

FFS mental amount of money back then.

I think Hendry pumped Jimmy White in the world final 3 times, including that incredible 10 frames in a row comeback. 

 

White fans must hate Hendry with a passion :lol:

Married a right Tart as well.

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2 hours ago, Tom0411 said:

Liverpool v Milan in Istanbul.

That was  great night but coming back 0-4 down to Barcelona at Anfield was just as special.

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21 hours ago, Malvern said:

That was  great night but coming back 0-4 down to Barcelona at Anfield was just as special.

That would have been amazing, but they were only 3 down. 

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1 hour ago, KBOO72 said:

That would have been amazing, but they were only 3 down. 

Goal here or there is not the point, some cunt got four goals.

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Caddied for my pal in Golf Club Championship Final. He was 4 down with 6 to go. Got it back to 2 down with 2 to go. Holed a 35 footer across green and slope to go 1 down. At last a par 3 he hit his drive to 30 feet. His opponent shanked into farmers field and then hit his next to a foot. 2 putts later from pal we were off to extra holes. He won at 2nd extra hole. You can never say it's over till it's over.

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