The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

We often hear stories of victory, but what about those who came up short when it mattered most? Some of sport’s biggest names explain what it’s like to give everything for the win, but ultimately taste defeat.

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September 1, 2020 41 min
Wayne Mardle had done the tough bit: he'd beaten Phil Taylor. In a dramatic quarter-final, Hawaii 501 had overturned a 3-0 deficit to claim the biggest win of his career, and knock The Power out of the World Darts Championship before the final: something no one had managed in the 15-year history of the event. All that stood between Mardle and a shot at the sport's biggest prize on January 1st was Kirk Shepherd, a 21-year-o...
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In 1999, Mark ‘Jesse’ James captained Team Europe in the 33rd Ryder Cup, selecting rookie Andrew Coltart as part of his Brookline-bound side. The first singles match teed off on the final day with the men in blue holding a commanding 10-6 lead, but the USA's Ben Crenshaw had assembled a formidable line-up, cheered on by a raucous home crowd. As Justin Leonard holed a miracle putt on the 17th, and supporters and teammates floode...
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At the Athens Olympics, Paula Radcliffe isn't only the fastest competitor on the start-line of the women's marathon: she is the best women's marathon runner there has ever been, and by a matter of minutes. She finished 5th on the track in Atlanta, and 4th in Sydney, but has since moved to the roads with enormous success, and the gold medal has been all but hung around the world record holder's neck. But then, out on...
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It's one of the most iconic scores in Super League history: an epic try right at the death of St Helens versus Bradford in the play-offs, in which Chris Joynt dotted down after a dazzling, audacious play from the hosts, whose snatched win was accompanied by Eddie Hemmings' famous commentary: 'it's wide to West! It's wide to West!'. Matthew Elliott, Bradford coach that day, fell to the floor in horror, but is...
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The Lionesses have already made history by getting this far - by reaching the semi-finals of the 2015 Women's World Cup. They have beaten the hosts, Canada, and support back home has rocketed: all eyes are on Steph Houghton's side as they take on reigning champions Japan in the last four. With the scores level at the 90-minute mark, but England creating far more chances than their opponents, extra time beckons, and so too d...
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June 23, 2020 44 min
There are moments left on the clock, and the Sharks are six points ahead of the Bulls in the 2007 Super 14 final. More than 50,000 have assembled at Kings Park in Durban for the occasion, which will result in the competition's first ever South African champions, and the hosts look like they might just hold on to win. All they need to do is kick the ball out of play.... Cue Bryan Habana, with a trademark moment of magic. The try...
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It's May 22nd, the last day of the 2005 Scottish Premier League season, and Celtic have one hand on the trophy, which is to be delivered by helicopter to the victors. All they need to do is win away at Motherwell, and - with the competition's top scorer, John Hartson - in their side, the result seems a foregone conclusion. Only Rangers, playing at Hibernian, can spoil the party, by closing the two-point gap at the top of th...
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Carl Froch had been knocked down just once in his career, until he stepped into the ring with George Groves in November, 2013. In the very first round, the undefeated challenger doubled that tally, with a huge right hand, and looked capable of dethroning the unified world champion. A monumental upset seemed on the cards, until the ninth round, when 'Saint' appeared to be struggling, and Froch strode forwards. Howard Foster...
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Lord's, 2002. England skipper Nasser Hussain wins the toss, and - on a fantastic pitch - his side get off to a flyer. The captain contributes a hundred himself: his first and only in one-day cricket. India have an enormous chase to pull off, especially once their 'Fab Five' are out, and two relatively unknown batsmen enter the fray at 146/5. But, in one of the finest ODI games ever seen, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif o...
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Ellis Park, 1995. Nelson Mandela, wearing a No 6 Springbok jersey, presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup. It is one of the great sporting moments. But, for Sean Fitzpatrick, captain of the All Blacks that day, it was an agonising experience. Joel Stransky's drop goal in extra time sealed the hosts' win, crushing the New Zealand legend's hopes of a second World Cup title. Now, 25 years on, Fitzpatrick - joine...
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April 16, 2020 2 min
We celebrate them for their successes, but what about the times they tasted defeat? Sky Sports speaks to some of sport's biggest names, and explores the occasions when they came up short. 'The One That Got Away' - coming soon...
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