Interested in Sport bow down in respect to the Legends.
During the past decades of African dominance in distance running, Gebrselassie stands out, with his bouncy running style, and habit of winning races by huge margins while breaking practically every world record possible for him. His massive medal haul includes two Olympic 10,000m golds. He also broke the Marathon World Record as well.
For a decade he dominated but Lewis’s defining time was the ’84 LA Olympics, where he won everything he entered: 100m, 200m, relay and long jump, the first to do it since his hero Jesse Owens. The long jump was often seen as his bonus event, but he was equally dominant in the field.
Jackie Robinson (42)
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was a MLB second baseman who became the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
The “Black Pearl” is maybe the most exciting rugby talent ever to grace the game. Serge Blanco is the very epitome of all that’s best of French rugby, willingness to attack or counterattack from anywhere at any time. Blanco made the sport look easy for 93 Tests between 1980-91.
Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE
One of the most successful snooker players in the sport, he is regarded as the most naturally gifted player in snooker history. He is also noted for his mercurial temperament and for his ambivalent relationship with the sport. Has been World number 1 and at present has won 5 World Championships. Legend.
Sir Stanley Matthews
The Wizard of the Dribble employed his devastating body swerve to good effect at the top level for more than 30 years, playing for Stoke at 50. Famously and finally won an FA Cup winner’s medal for Blackpool in 1953, in a match now known as “The Matthews final”.
When boxing was the sport for immigrants and the poor to get along, Joe Louis was its king. “The Brown Bomber” held the heavyweight title longer than anyone else, he was a quiet, well-mannered black man. He was some boxer, too, and a devastating puncher, rated one of the top five heavyweights ever.
Alfredo di Stefano
The Pele-Maradona- Messi – Ronaldo argument may rage forever, but to some Alfredo is the greatest all-round footballer. The Argentine won five European Cups in a row with Real Madrid during the 1950s, helping European football become the powerhouse it now is but never played in a World Cup, though.
With 20 major championship wins to his name, the man who came to be known as the “Golden Bear” is acknowledged as the most successful golfer in history. He displaced Arnold Palmer as the world’s top player in the 1960s, winning his last US Open in 1986, 24 years after his first.
Brian Lara, Trinidadian cricket player. Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. Debated as one of the greatest cricketers. He has the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out.
As a 30-year-old mother of two, was persuaded to revive her career by her husband and went on to win four gold medals at the 1948 Olympics. In her career, the Flying Dutchwoman set world records in seven events. Her events included the sprints and Pentathlon.
The measure of a man is often the effect he has on others. The death of Senna in 1994 brought to an abrupt halt a career of huge success, genius and controversy. He was renowned for his fast laps, mastery of the wet and his charisma. The 3 time world champion’s absence is still felt.
6ft 9in and 220lb, Russell earned the reputation as the sport’s greatest player in a 13-year career which saw him help Boston Celtics to 11 NBA Championships. Known as “The Ghost” for his uncanny ability to rise up and block his opponents’ shots. He is the silhouette on the NBA logo as well.
He dominated the 500cc Grand Prix grids throughout the 1990s. The only thing that could beat Doohan would eventually be one thing – injury. During his accumulation of five consecutive World Championships (’94-98) . Those that know, say the bike was unrideable. Mick Doohan could ride it.
Boston Celtics Basketball Team 1957- 1969
The Celtics claimed 11 of 13 NBA championships (including eight straight between 1959-1966) in this remarkable era, leaving their opponents green with envy. While the cigar smoking Auerbach drew up the plays, the great Bill Russell was the main man on court, supported by slick dribbling Bob Cousy and sweet shooting John Havlicek.