Interested in Sport bow down in respect to the Legends.

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Haile Gebrselassie

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.

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Carl Lewis

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.

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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.

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Serge Blanco

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.

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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.

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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”.

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Joe Louis

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.

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Steffi Graf

The German Steffi Graf, married to Andre Agassi won 23 tennis Majors and a record 377 weeks or seven years as world number one.

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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.

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Jack Nicklaus

  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.

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Michael Johnson

For most of the 1990s, the Texan domintaed 200m and 400m running with his unusual upright action. He had no rival to match him, such was his prowess. World records, Olympic titles and a nice guy. He had it all.

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Viv Richards

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, known as Viv Richards, is a former West Indian cricketer. He was chosen by Wisden as the greatest One Day International batsman of all time. Richards scored 8,540 runs in 121 Tests at an average of 50.23, including 24 tons.

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Brian Lara

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.

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Suzanne Lenglen

The French lady won Wimbledon six times between 1919 and 25. A dominant player, she never conceded more than four games in her last five finals.

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Fanny Blankers-Koen

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.

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Ayrton Senna

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.

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Jahangir Khan

The winning streak of squash great Khan is one of the standards in sport. Between 1981 and ’86, the Pakistani won 555 matches in a row, and harvested the British Open 10 times and the World Open six times in a formidable career.

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Bill Russell

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.

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Jack Dempsey

He won the heavyweight title in 1919 with a defeat of Jess Willard. As the Manassa Mauler, he defeated Georges Carpentier two years later in a bout which attracted the first one million dollar gate.

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Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor

English professional darts player, Phil Taylor. Until now  Taylor has won 211 titles including a record 83 major titles and 16 World Championships.

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Jim Thorpe

Born in 1887, half American Indian. Track, field or American Football, he excelled, winning the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics. Banned from athletics for taking baseball money, Thorpe simply took up pro baseball and American Football for a living.

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Mick Doohan

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.

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Paul Elvstrom

This Dane became the first sportsman to win individual gold medals at four successive Olympics, and went on to become one of only four to have competed at eight Olympics.

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Usain Bolt

Usain St. Leo Bolt, is a Jamaican sprinter. He is the fastest person ever, known as ‘The Lightning Bolt’ he holds several world records, Olympic, World and other titles. Quite simply he is a superstar of sport.

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Daley Thompson

Daley could easily lay claim to being the greatest athlete in the world during the 1980s, he won two Olympic titles and set a world record in the decathlon. He also has a Fitness Gym near to me in Putney.

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Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray won world titles from light-welterweight to light-heavyweight. He came out of retirement four times – the final time being his epic 1981 win over Thomas Hearns.

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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.

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Sugar Ray Robinson

Between 1943 and 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson won 91 consecutive fights. Five times world middleweight champion, he earned his nickname for being “sweet as sugar”.

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Barcelona 2009

Pep Guardiola’s Barca won three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, and two Champions League wins, including a clean sweep in 2009. Guardiola’s Barcelona won 14 trophies in his four years in charge. Guardiola won 179 of 247 games at Barcelona’s helm, a win 72%.

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Jesse Owens

Four golds in front of Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics make this man a Legend of the Sport