Fernando Henrique Ceolin from Sinop (MT)
Dear FHC, how long. Forget about 7-1, Barrichello's "not today, today", that most absurd goal your team has ever scored or any sporting shame you know. The following list has examples of various individual and collective modalities in which a slip (or succession of them) resulted in unlikely defeats and victories as epic as comical.
Before we go to the worst of times, I already ask readers to submit other cases in the comments.
The easiest gold medal in Olympic history landed on the lap of a lucky Australian named Steven Bradbury, who competed in short track speed skating at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
The famous maxim "the important thing is to compete" has never been more appropriate. With minimal technical performance to compete in the races, Steven kept standing on his skates, always in the squad of opponents until he reached an unlikely Olympic final.
In the quarterfinals, Steven reached third, but passed the stage thanks to Canadian Marc Gagnon's disqualification. In the semifinals, Steven was from end to end last, but a collective drop in the last corner earned the Australian second place and a chance to compete for the gold medal.
In the grand final, he only followed his rivals from afar until the decisive lap. At the last corner, he watched as the four competitors who were fighting hand-in-hand over the gold in front of him fell from stateroom. The favorites curled, tumbled and slid on the ice to the finish line.
Bradbury was the only one left standing and paraded with a clear track toward gold. American Apolo Ohno (silver) and Canadian Mathieu Turcotte (bronze) still tried to drag themselves across the line before the dark horse, but to no avail – it was the first gold medal for a southern hemisphere country in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Dying on the beach
This time the Australian women were favorites at the 2001 World Swimming Championships, but celebrated ahead of time … Swimmers Petria Thomas, Giaan Rooney, Linda Mackenzie and Elka Graham finished the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay final in 1st place, but they enjoyed the taste of gold for a few minutes. It's because the girls overreacted at the party and jumped into the water to celebrate before the other contestants finished, disqualifying Australia.
The consolation came in the 200m freestyle freestyle with Giaan Rooney's gold, but Elka Graham, one of the favorites, disappointed again and didn't even get on the podium – if she scored the same time as the relay, Elka would steal Rooney's gold .
Putting your feet in your hands
At the 1990 World Cup, goalkeeper René Higuita went to play with his feet and helped Cameroon be the first African team to be among the top eight in the world.
The game between Colombia and Cameroon was knockout: it was worth the last 16 of the World Cup in Italy. Three minutes into the second half of extra time, folk Colombian goalkeeper Higuita, famous for leaving the area to play with his feet, attempted a dribble ahead of 38-year-old veteran Cameroonian scorer Roger Milla.
There was no other way: Cameroon scored the goal, won 2-1 and went on to play the quarterfinals against England, losing 3-2.
Despite the hesitation, Higuita continued his career and kept insisting on playing with his feet. With 41 goals scored, he is the fourth-highest goalkeeper of all time.
Running from victory
Canadian rider Scott Goodyear was famous for getting very close to victory in the Indianapolis 500 three times. In 1992, the guy started in last position (33rd) and came in second, just 43 milliseconds behind winner Al Unser Jr.
In the 1995 race, thirsting for victory, the driver made a forbidden overtaking at the very end of the race: Scott led ten laps from the end, pulling the slow-moving car train behind the pace car, which enters the track when the yellow flag is fired. cause of an accident. By the time of the relight, Scott rushed forward and overtook the pace car before he got into the pits. But the maneuver is forbidden and, as a punishment, he would have to slowly pass the pits. Scott refused to serve the penalty and finished the race in 14th.
Scalded after two vices in one of the most traditional races in the world, the Canadian was too careful in 1997 and lost the race to Arie Luyendyk. Scott led the quiet race again under the yellow flag – when overtaking is prohibited, remember? – and had the victory in hand until, on the last lap, the direction of the race decided to give a bad flagged. Scott was slow to accelerate and was 2nd once again.
A Boston Move
The Boston Red Sox was 68 years old without being a champion in the US baseball league – the last title away in 1918. The great chance of breaking the writing was in game 6 of the 1986 final. Boston was close to closing the series. 4-2: They beat their sixth clash with the New York Mets 5-3, but let their rivals level at the end. The game was still under Boston's control – eliminating an opposing player was enough to force another extra time – and the chance came with a weak hit.
The problem is that coach John McNamara decided to put Bill Buckner late in the game so that the veteran was champion on the field. Buckner let the ball slip between his legs and the match ended in a 6-5 win for the Mets. In the decisive match 7, the Mets were champions and the Red Sox had to wait until 2004 to win the championship and break the fast that lasted. 86 years old.
Leaving the team in the (contra) hand
In 1929, the University of California played one of the most important college football games, the Rose Bowl, against Georgia Tech. Still in the first half, Roy Riegels stole a ball from Georgia Tech's attack and raced to the opposing bottom line to open the scoring with a touchdown.
But as soon as he stole the ball, Riegels took a stab that disoriented him and made him run 64 yards (more than midfield) in the wrong direction, to the general despair. With the setback, Georgia Tech took advantage of the next move to take down a University of California player inside the end zone – painted in team colors – and open 2-0 on the scoreboard.
Georgia Tech won 8-7 and took the cup. As a consolation, Riegels played a fantastic 2nd half and entered the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.
Zebra or stupidity?
Bill Shoemaker, one of the greatest jockeys in history, celebrated too early. It was at the Kentucky Derby, the most famous turf race of 1957.
Legend has it that the morning before the race, the Gallant Man horse owner told Shoemaker that he had dreamed of his defeat by not paying attention to the finish line. The jockey didn't even care and went for the quiet run.
At the very end of the match Shoemaker and Gallant Man emerged from the last corner leading. Passing the last post before the end, the jockey braked slightly, believing he had already crossed the finish line. Realizing the hesitation, he tried one last pull, but Bill Hartack led Iron Liege to victory with the tip of his muzzle ahead of Gallant Man.
Shoemaker, who had already won a Kentucky Derby, still won the race three more times – in 1986 he became the oldest jockey to win the race at 54.
Holding the tie?
This comes from the 1984 American basketball playoffs: The Dallas Mavericks played at home against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers and managed to keep the game even until the very end. With six seconds of possession to define the game, Dallas freshman Derek Harper struck the ball calmly in front of Lakers playmaker Magic Johnson.
When the horn sounded ending the game, Derek fired in celebration alone until he realized that the team and the crowd were silent. The young point guard thought Dallas were leading the scoreline, but the game was tied at 108-108. In overtime, the Lakers – who would end the season as runners-up – won 122-125, opening a 3-1 lead in the series.
Argentine golfer Roberto De Vicenzo must have missed a lot of math class in childhood to practice his putts. That alone explains his ability to reach the 1968 Masters final, one of the sport's most traditional tournaments, while a numerical lick cost him the title. On his 45th birthday, Roberto was competing for first place in the competition when he scored hole 17 in three strokes.
The birthday boy was not counting on the miscalculation of his partner, American Tommy Aaron, who scored four strokes on the points card. Without checking, the Argentine signed the card and validated the score on his scoreboard. Since the rules did not allow appeals after the athlete's signing, the vacillation cost the possibility of disputing an 18th-hole overtime against American Bob Goalby, who wore the famous green champion jacket. At the end of the race, Roberto declared: "How stupid I am!"
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