Ashraf Ali Siddiqui draws on rich archives
Sports Moments are there to enjoy and some of them are preserved to relish. The thrill of such moments lingers on for generations to generations and inspires them tremendously. The record of such moments is meticulously kept and is used whenever the need arises with a view to provide impetus to the budding male and female aspirants.
Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston
In a rematch for the heavyweight championship between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston on 25 May, 1965, Ali knocked out Liston in the first round of their match. It was a glorious post for Ali after taking down his opponent. Ali was the heavyweight title till 1967. However, they forcefully removed the championship belt because Ali did not want to be drafted by the army.
On 6 February, 1988, Michael Jordan jumped from the free-throw line and flew towards the ring. Jordan’s performance amazed the judges and gave Jordan a perfect score and won against Dominique Wilkins during the Slam Dunk Contest finals. It was Jordan’s second time to succeed in the competition. The 1988 dunk competition was the well-known face-off between Jordan and Wilkins.
The Atlanta Olympics took place on 23 July, 1996. Even after an unpleasant ankle injury sustained during her first attempt, Kerri Strug maintained her pose after succeeding on her vault. The United States’ gold medal dreams were riding on her shoulders and Kerri battled through the agony on her second attempt to win the gold.
It was an unforgettable Sports Moments on 20 August, 2008, after a person set the world record in the men’s 200-meter final with a history of 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt broke the record with his incredible speed. Before the Jamaican sprinter participated in the 200-meter run, the Jamaican sprinter had broken the world record in the 100-meter dash.
On 4 July, 1981, at Wimbledon, John McEnroe, a professional tennis player, could not contain his emotion after winning against Bjorn Borg. The professional athlete was glad to win the title over his rival. The two competed to get the Wimbledon title. It was not the only time that John McEnroe became the tournament champion and he became the victor again in 1983 and 1984.
On 7 August, 1954, at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Roger Bannister was the first man to beat the four minutes in the mile. Roger competes in the “Miracle Mile” against his opponent John Landy, the only other individual to have broken four minutes at the time. Bannister won the duel and was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” for the first time. TW