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Out of all sportsmen and women

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:46 am
by Globalmyths
Which sportsman do you admire the most and for those who may not know this person what sport did he play.

Which sportswomen do you admire the most and for those who may not know this person what sport did she play.

Yvette Williams who won and broke the womens Olympic and world record for the long jump. My primary school teacher told us she had won the gold medal and he used a ruler to show us how far she had jumped. To be honest at that time I did not even know what the olympics were.

John Walker who broke the four minute mark for a mile more than a hundred times.

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:30 pm
by Cisco
Mohammed Ali, the greatest boxer of all time.

Cisco

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Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:29 pm
by Globalmyths
As far as boxing is concerned there would be very few who did not agree with your sportsman choice of Ali, funny but to me he was and is and always will be Cassius Clay,

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:18 pm
by sless
what ever the name
he is and always will be the GREATEST

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Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:19 pm
by village cat
Globalmyths wrote:As far as boxing is concerned there would be very few who did not agree with your sportsman choice of Ali, funny but to me he was and is and always will be Cassius Clay,

Don't let him hear you say that mind, he'll bray you with his zimmer frame.

My favourite of all time n'arl.

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:25 pm
by Pilot
I'll go for Ali.

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Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:29 pm
by Globalmyths
He was the greatest as a boxer-sportsman and despite his current ill health his manner and bearing makes him still the greatest.

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:23 pm
by Deka
Mohammed Ali lit up the world of boxing its
such a shame to see him in the condition
hes in now.

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:40 pm
by Cisco
Everybody can have their own opinions on who their favourite sportsman is, but when you say who was the greatest, there's only one name on everybody's lips and it's ALI.

Cisco

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:32 am
by sless
a MUSLIM

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:33 am
by sless
BUT

he only fought with his fists

8)

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:02 pm
by Cisco
Yes the muslims got inside his head and look what happened, at the peak of his career it cost him 3 years out of the ring.
He was never the same after, even though he beat the best out there.
Joe Frazier would not have lasted 15 rounds with him before the lay off.

The muslims used him to push their filthy religion on to the world stage.

Cisco

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:18 pm
by gazza
Yes the muslims got inside his head and look what happened, at the peak of his career it cost him 3 years out of the ring.
.........you mean he discovered islam and CONVERTED.... that,
i think is the truth of it................
:roll:

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:24 pm
by Pilot
And on the sixth day he said let there be light and low and behold you could see for bloody miles. :wink:

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:11 pm
by baldy.smith
Wasn't his three years out of the ring because he refused to be conscripted, while his fellow Americans were fighting in Vietnam?

I still thing he was the greatest boxer, and one hell of a gutsy and intelligent guy.


8)

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:59 pm
by Pooter
To get back on topic:

Kelly Holmes in the 2004 Olymics takes some beating for the sheer unexpectedness of it.

Ron Clarke, 18 world records in distance running but always caught out in the Olympics.

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:06 am
by curly
Cisco wrote:Yes the muslims got inside his head and look what happened, at the peak of his career it cost him 3 years out of the ring.
He was never the same after, even though he beat the best out there.
Joe Frazier would not have lasted 15 rounds with him before the lay off.

The muslims used him to push their filthy religion on to the world stage.

Cisco
I'm not sure that Ali would agree with your point.

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:08 am
by curly
Let's not forget Steve Redgrave's achievement in winning gold medals in five different olympics!

Outstanding!!

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:40 am
by Jerry
Two really stand out

1. Bobby Jones was one of the greatest of all golfers. He participated only as an amateur in a sport long dominated by professionals, competed primarily on a part-time basis, and retired from competition by personal choice at the age of 28. Until John Glenn the astronaut, he was the only person ever to receive two ticker tape parades in New York City, the first in 1926 and the second in 1930.

His peerless swing and astonishing career attracted world celebrities from Churchill to Chaplin to golf.

In seven years he won 13 Major Championships (as they were counted at that time) out of twenty attempts. Jones was the first player to win The Double, both the US Open and The British Open in the same year (1926). He is still the only player ever to have won the Grand Slam, or all four major championships in the same year (1930). He represented the United States in the Walker Cup five times, winning nine of his ten matches.

Jones exemplified the principles of sportsmanship and fair play. In the beginning of his amateur career, he was in the final playoff of the United States Open. During the match, his ball ended up in the rough just off the fairway, and as he was setting up to play his shot his iron caused a slight move of the ball. He immediately turned to the marshals, and called a foul on himself. The marshals discussed among themselves and questioned some of the gallery if anyone had seen the foul. Their decision was that neither they nor anyone else had witnessed any foul, so the decision was left to Jones. Bobby Jones called the foul on himself.

The marshal announced that Bobby Jones was to be highly commended for this. Jones replied, "Do you commend a bank robber for not robbing a bank? No you don't. This is how the game of golf should be played at all times." Jones would lose the match by one stroke. The United States Golf Association's sportsmanship award is named the Bob Jones Award.


After his retirement from golf, Jones made eighteen instructional films, worked with A.G. Spalding & Co. to develop the first set of matched clubs, co-designed the Augusta National course with Alister MacKenzie and was one of the founders of The Masters Tournament, first played at Augusta in 1934.


2. The Czech Emil Zatopek.


In the Helsinki Olympics of 1952, he won gold in the 5000 and 10,000 m, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the marathon for the first time in his life and won. He also broke the existing Olympic record in each of the three events.


He always looked in agony, rolling his baldy head round and grimacing, as he broke record after record in those years. He was the first man to break 29 minutes for the 10,000 metres.

Two weeks before the 1956 Summer Olympics, he had a hernia operation, but nevertheless finished sixth in the Olympic marathon. Zátopek retired from athletics after the next season.

Chris Chataway (who still competes in the Great North Run at 74) had many thrilling battles with Zatopek and the Russian Vladimir Kuts.

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COMMENDED

The great Australian tennis player Rod Laver.
Don Bradman, who rarely hit the ball in the air - test average 100.

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:12 am
by Jerry
For me, just one woman, the popular Spanish tennis-player, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Arantxa had no specialist shot, no powerful service and she was only 5 feet seven inches tall. All the British commentators could say was that she 'retrieved well'. And she was a fighter, known as 'Tiger' or 'Lion' in Spain.

And yet she won 100 tournaments, including 14 grand slam titles between 1987 and 2002 and became that very rare thing, world number one in both singles and doubles.

She was a finalist at least twice in all the grand slam singles tournaments, losing five out of eight to the great Steffi Graff. She also faced an exeptional player in Monica Seles in those years, and later the appearance of the Williams sisters.

Arantxa won the most gruelling tennis grand slam event, the French Open, three times, beating Graf, Mary Pierce and Monica Seles. In 1994 she beat Graf again from a set down on baking concrete to win the US open.

She was also a Wimbledon finalist twice, on a surface she detested, as it gave advantage to big-hitting amazons.

She was also responsible for Spain's dominance in the Federation Cup in the 1990s, winning more matches than any other player has ever done.

She also plays football - and has won Spain's equivalent of the Nobel Prize
for her charity work.


What a woman.