Interested in Sport bow down in respect to the Legends.

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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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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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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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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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Miguel Indurain

‘Big Mig’ became the first rider to win the Tour de France five times in succession in 1995 thanks to an extraordinary physiology – low heart- rate, and huge lung capacity.

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Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano is the only undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history. His record was 49-0. Of those, 43 were knock-outs.

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Mark Spitz

Winning seven golds at the 1972 Olympics and one of the most iconic sports photos make Mark Spitz a Legend

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Pete Sampras

‘Pistol Pete’ took  the era of Becker, Edberg and Courier and fast forwarded the game, he won 14 Grand Slams!

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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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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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Phil Bennett

Phil Bennett’s sidesteps twice at the start of the Barbarians’ legendary try against the All Blacks in 1973 are enough alone but an international points tally of 210 from fly-half, and in 1977 became only the second Welshman to captain the Lions.

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The ‘King’ of stock car racing

Richard Petty has the most career wins of any racer, with 200 wins. He is known as the “King” of stock-car racing.

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Ellery Hanley

Ellery joined Wigan for a record fee of £150,000 in 1985 after establishing himself as a prolific scorer for Bradford Northern and GB.  He scored 63 tries for Wigan in his first season and became a legend.

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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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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. He started fighting at the age of 12 after his bicycle was stolen.In 1960, Clay won a gold medal in the Olympics at Rome, Italy.He had the nickname “The Louisville Lip” for statements such as “I am the Greatest,” and “I’m young, I’m pretty, I’m fast, and […]

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Hicham El Guerrouj

In 2004, Hitcham El Guerrouj finally won the Olympic 1500m gold medal, the world celebrated with him. Four days later, he won 5000m gold. From the mid-1990s on, the Moroccan was the king of middle-distance events, and still holds the world records for the 1500m, 2000m and the mile.

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George Best

George was a professional footballer who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland. In 68 he won the European Cup with United, and named the European Footballer of the Year. The man was known as the fifth Beatle. Pele called him ‘ the greatest player on Earth’.

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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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Janet Evans

All-American girl Evans with her distintive windmill stroke and fantastic endurance set world records that stood for years. In 87, age 15, she broke the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle marks, and went on to win three golds in Seoul  The most impressive was the 800m time, which lasted 19 years and 4 Games.

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Kelly Slater

Robert Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer and superstar of his sport. He has been crowned World Surf League Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles between 1994–98

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Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well known by his nickname “Beefy”. He was made a knight in recognition of his services to charity.

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Martina Navratilova

When she retired in 1994, this Czech-born US citizen had won 167 singles titles, including a record nine at Wimbledon.

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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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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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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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Jean-Claude Killy

The Frenchman dwarfs the great names of skiing like Ingemar Stenmark, Alberto Tomba and Hermann Maier because of his achievements in the 1968 winter Olympics, where he won gold in the slalom, giant slalom and downhill. He retired at just 26.

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Valentino Rossi

winning a championship in every class – 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP, claiming back-to-back championships with different manufacturers or amassing 100 Grand Prix victories for seven World Championships, no other rider in modern racing has achieved so much. When you are known as ‘The Doctor’, you know you are a legend.

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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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Jesse Owens

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

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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.