6 So Close Yet So Far Moments In Sporting History

  1. Felipe Massa

    In 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, the last GP of the season, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton were fighting for the driver’s championship. Felipe drove the perfect race and won the Grand Prix and was waiting for Hamilton to finish and for Massa to win the championship, Hamilton should finish no higher than 6th. By the time Massa finished, Hamilton was 6th and his crew started celebrating but by the time Hamilton finished, he overtook Timo Glock to finish 5th and thus clinch the driver’s championship. Cruel!

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  2. PT Usha

    At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, PT Usha missed bronze medal by a 1/100th of a second, the closest margin for an Indian to miss out on a medal, in the 400m hurdles race. She clocked a Commonwealth record of 55.54 seconds in the semifinal and won the race prior to the finals. In the final race, one of her competitors false started and due to that PT Usha could not get the perfect start, but she still managed to catch up with the leaders but the challenge soon faded away and she could only finish 4th. To her dismay, the announcer even announced that she finished 3rd before correcting himself

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  3. Milkha Singh

    In 1960 Rome Olympics, Milkha Singh was the favourite for the gold medal in 400m race. He set the world record in 400m prior to the event in the preliminaries. ‘The Flying Sikh’ as he is famously known, missed out on the Bronze medal by a tenth of a second in a photo-finish. He remembers, “I know the mistake I did. I ran very fast in lane 5 before slowing down at the 250m point, which was the mistake I did as I could not recover from there.”

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  4. Roger Federer

    At the 2012 London Olympics, Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time missed the opportunity of winning an Olympics Gold medal when he lost 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to Great Britain’s Andy Murray in the final. That was his best chance to win a Olympics gold medal as it was a singles event and team events have been difficult to win for Switzerland

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  5. South Africa

    South Africa cricket team have been tagged chokers, for they haven’t won a single knockout match until recently when they defeated Sri Lanka in the first quarter final of 2015 Cricket World Cup. They have been one of the most consistent performers in world cricket, but when it comes to world cups and knock outs they still haven’t cracked the winning formula. They are yet to feature in a World Cup Final, let alone winning the world cup

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  6. Manchester United

    In the 2011-12 season, it was the last round of matches happening in EPL. Both Manchester United and Manchester City were tied on points and City had better goal difference before the matches happened. Manchester United were playing first on that day and they comfortably won their match. Manchester City on the other hand were trailing by 1-2 against QPR and the match headed into injury time. So with City needing 2 goals to win the match and the championship, United fans started celebrating at their own stadium when in a matter of couple of minutes, City scored twice to take the trophy home

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