Sport is a way of life to billions of people all over the world, but as with so many other things in life, the best, and most memorable moments often slip by us in our excitement to see the best sportsmen and women compete for the ultimate prize.
However, the ultimate prize is often much less than the silverware or a huge check; it is often just the desire to get through a match or competition without suffering embarrassment or ridicule (or death by shark bite), and so in this list, we present you with 6 memorable sporting events that caught the world’s attention for various reasons…
That’s not golf, Squire!
The Lord Mayor of London is known for many things, but his prowess at sport is not among his many endearing qualities. In fact, he is a klutz that couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a golf ball if he were standing next to it, as can be seen in this hilarious video of the Lord Mayor trying his hand at the noble game of golf.
Mayor Boris Johnson is not averse to trying out new things however, and during his first-ever outing on the course, he managed to accidentally hit the camera operator. Attempt after attempt followed- the crowd cheered wildly- the Mayor tried again, but was forced to admit defeat when hilarity turned into embarrassment for his sake. The Mayor also does not learn from his mistakes, and his epic failures at sporting events across the city has brought the world some memorable moments. Watch his Lordship’s attempt at golf, and other failures here.
Scoreboard falls on spectators during French Open Tennis match.
The French Open has seen some strange going-on in the last few years- from crazed fans breaching security to demand a hug from Roger Federer, to protesters throwing fire-works into the crowd, and even youngsters rushing onto the main court to take a selfie with the #1 player in the world.
Fortunately though, these incidents were resolved before injuries could result, but this year, the French Open ran into some real trouble that resulted in several serious injuries when a large piece of the scoreboard became undone and fell on a stand. Apart from some spectators being injured, the quarter-final match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori was delayed, but worse, about 200 seats had to be closed as well. Watch the video of the incident here.
Surfer Mick Fanning escapes shark attack in South Africa.
It is not often that anybody in the water survives an attack by a Great White shark completely unscathed, yet this is what recently happened to Australian surfer Mick Fanning during an Open World Surfing League event in Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.
The attack occurred during Fanning’s final outing against his countryman Julian Wilson. Fanning, who is the currently rated #4 in the world, and a past three-time world champion, said he noticed the shark for the first time when it knocked him off his surf board, and as he put it at the time: … “I literally just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board and I was kicking and swimming. I saw the whole thing just thrashing around … I punched it a couple of times, but I felt like it was dragging me under water. Then all of a sudden my leg rope broke and I was swimming and screaming.”
Fanning was unhurt in the incident, and reached the shore safely with the assistance of organisers, one of whom was heard to say that “Fanning is lucky to be alive.” Watch the terrifying incident here.
Usain Bolt wins 200m sprint at a jog.
Watch as the fastest man in world over 200 metres destroys his competitors at the 2015 World Athletics Championship – even after slowing down to a jog before he crosses the finishing line.
Bolt finished the sprint in 19.55 seconds, his fastest time for the 2015, and his fastest time following the Olympics in 2012. Bolt and his main rival, Justin Gatlin, were racing down the stretch to what appeared to be photo-finish when Bolt suddenly put on a burst of speed, gaining enough ground to allow him to jog the last few metres. Pretty awesome stuff! Watch the video here.
Watch race car explode as it barrel-rolls over the barrier.
There is little doubt that many motor sport fans are fans only because of the almost certainty that they will see a spectacular crash, and this crash during a race in Australia at Bathurst did not disappoint.
The crash occurred as the car driven by Damien Flack was nudged by the car driven by his brother, Adrian during a high speed chase down the back straight. The incident caused Damian’s
car to go into a spin, and then crash into the barrier before starting series of barrel rolls that took right across the barrier. Flack suffered serious injuries during the crash, and was transported to a nearby medical facility for observation and treatment.
The car was completely destroyed and caught fire, which caused officials to suspend the race, but according to an Aussie Racing Car spokesman, “The driver [was] conscious, alert, and talking to the medical team,” when he was evacuated. Watch the video of the horrific crash here.
Women’s Sevens player commits a horrible crime- after making an 80-metre dash.
OK, we admit that Sevens Rugby may not be the most-watched sport, but it has provided us with some memorable, if not totally unforgettable moments, and especially in the area of unforgiveable sins committed against team mates.
In this Women’s Sevens Tournament in Poland a few weeks ago, a player got hold of the ball, broke away from the defence, made an 80 metre dash toward the goal line, got there with the ball, and then? You guessed it- she failed to score the try because… well, perhaps you’d better watch happened next yourself…