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Remembering a “freakish” Golden Slipper win

April 4, 2013

The greatest moments in sport are those which are improbable and unexpected, where an athlete or team defies all manner of logic and analysis to emerge victorious.

The Canberra Raiders had to win eight games in a row to make the NSWRL grand final in 1989. They did, and took on the Balmain Tigers in the decider.

They had to come from 12-2 down at half time, managing to win the game in extra time in what is now considered one of rugby league’s greatest ever matches.

Think of Kieren Perkins, struggling for form in 1996 and only making it into the final of the 1500m at the Atlanta Olympics by a mere two tenths of a second. Coming from lane eight and taking on the likes of compatriot Daniel Kowalski, he destroyed his rivals in a ruthless performance.

And what about Australia II’s victory in the 1983 America’s Cup? Given the United States was carefully guarding their prized sailing treasure, it would have been a special victory regardless. But given Dennis O’Connor’s Liberty had taken a 3-1 advantage in the best of seven series, to fight back and win made the achievement of John Bertrand and his crew even more special.

Clearly, the examples are there across a number of sports. And racing is no different.

So which Golden Slipper winner am I writing about? Click here to go to The Roar to find out.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Trevor Hawkins permalink
    April 4, 2013 1:09 pm

    Good. Should be ‘….all manner of logic …’

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