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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #320 on: June 2, 2020, 12:36:39 PM »
Some of the Athletics records maybe. Can’t think of one in particular which undermines my argument somewhat but one of Bolt, Michael Johnson or David Rudisha’s world records in an Olympic final when they looked in a race of their own we’re all great to watch.

I hedged my bets on the Athletics! All those when you witness an Olympic final getting smashed is pretty amazing. Obviously won’t go down as one of the greatest achievements but Ben Johnson in Seoul was the same to a point. Vividly remember watching that aged 9 and feeling amazed by it, even though it was already fairly obvious that all wasn’t as it seemed. He won by so far!

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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #321 on: June 2, 2020, 06:11:22 PM »
Michael Johnson and his 19.32 in 1996 left me breathless.

Just destroyed the opposition and did something that was very special at the time.

I'll always remember that race.
also worth mentioning when it comes to Michael Johnson his 43.18 in the 400m in ‘99, lasted nearly 17 years until our wayde took it (and he was very gracious in the studio afterwards from what I remember)

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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #322 on: June 2, 2020, 07:05:14 PM »
That’s one of the better nominations on the thread.  It’s great the way he talks about the process as well, how it was the culmination of a year-long project to run that race in that way, with a view to achieving that result.  Like a longform version of O’Sullivan’s break-building.

Is there a documentary?
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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #323 on: June 2, 2020, 07:07:00 PM »
But then surely Usain Bolt's achievements eclipse this?

Bolt also amazing. But there was just something about the Johnson race that astonished me more. Maybe was my age, I was pretty young at the time.
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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #324 on: June 2, 2020, 07:12:55 PM »
also worth mentioning when it comes to Michael Johnson his 43.18 in the 400m in ‘99, lasted nearly 17 years until our wayde took it (and he was very gracious in the studio afterwards from what I remember)

MJ is THE best pundit the BBC have for any sport.  We're lucky he likes us as the yank broadcasters are desperate for him to go over there.

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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #325 on: June 2, 2020, 07:38:50 PM »
Is there a documentary?
Yeah, I’d forgotten but there was.  It was on the bbc maybe four years ago at a guess, probably to tie in with the olympics?  No idea what it would have been called I’m afraid.  I’ve also seen him talking about race and sports, arguing against race as a factor in athletics, though I think that that was a different documentary.

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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #326 on: June 2, 2020, 07:44:13 PM »
MJ is THE best pundit the BBC have for any sport.  We're lucky he likes us as the yank broadcasters are desperate for him to go over there.
There’s no interest in athletics coverage in the US.
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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #327 on: June 2, 2020, 07:49:30 PM »
There’s no interest in athletics coverage in the US.

True but I mean they want him for their Olympic and World Championship coverage. Much like how we wheel him out for the big Athletics meet.  ;D

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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #328 on: June 2, 2020, 07:54:56 PM »
True but I mean they want him for their Olympic and World Championship coverage. Much like how we wheel him out for the big Athletics meet.  ;D
They don’t really do punditry.  Most isn’t shown live and when it is shown, they only show US dominated events.  There’s almost no analysis, only action, interviews  or adverts.

So they just don’t need them.
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Re: The greatest sporting achievement of all time of any sport?
« Reply #329 on: June 2, 2020, 07:57:25 PM »
Ah okay, safe to say we know why he likes to be with us.  :D