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03_Lords of Sports

03_Lords of Sports

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THE ROCKET - Rod Laver

b: August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia) was the World No. 1 player for up to 7 consecutive years. More famously, he is the only player in tennis history to have twice won all four of tennis Grand Slam singles titles in the same year—first as an amateur in 1962, and then again as a professional in 1969.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: > Won 11 major titles > Won the Grand Slam twice, in 1962 and ’69. > In ’69, won an Open era men’s record of 17 titles M S Krishnan writes that he was such a great player mainly because of his great temperament. He had very good nerves too. Many people think he is an all-time great because of the results. Apart from being great tennis players, he was real gentlemen too. A fine examples of humility and sportsmanship.

Peter "Pete" Sampras (b. August 12, 1971, in Washington, DC) - 'Pistol Pete'; During his 15 year career, he won a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles in 52 appearances and finished the year as No. 1 on the ATP rankings for six consecutive years, a record for the open era and tying him for third all-time. Sampras won the singles title. at Wimbledon seven times, an all-time record shared with William Renshaw. He also won five singles titles at the U.S. Open, an open era record shared with Jimmy Connors. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

He was not a particularly notable junior player. He was still adjusting his game and playing at higher age groups to train himself

“I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches”.

Born August 1, 1924, in Barbados died of leukaemia at the age of 42, Though he made his name as a player his greatest contribution was to destroy for ever the myth that a coloured cricketer was not fit to lead. Once appointed captain, he ended the cliques and rivalries between the players Barbadians, Trinidadians, Jamaicans and Guyanans. Worrell cut across all that to weld together a team which in the space of five years became the champions of the world. He did more than any other of his countrymen to bind together the new nations of the Caribbean and establish a reputation for fair play throughout the world. Never before had a cricketer been honoured with a memorial service in Westminster Abbey.

Sir Frank Worrell play was sheer poetry. He was the artist with the most style and elegance and never made a crude or an ungrammatical stroke. He was a happy man, a good man and a great man.

A gentleman to the core who played by the rules. It did not matter to him if playing by the book meant losing. Test cricket records In 1958 an incredible 365 runs (not out) in 614 minutes which stood for 36 years as the highest individual Test score ever made In 1968, Sobers became the first ever batsman to hit six sixes off one over of six consecutive balls in firstclass cricket. He scored a then-record 8032 runs in his career.

In 1975, Queen Elizabeth awarded Sobers a knighthood for his services to the sport. In 2000, Gary Sobers was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century.

Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus has a genuine love for golf and still competes on the Seniors Tour and other tournaments. Even in 1997, he competed in the US Open knowing that young blood would take the title. Nicklaus devotes much of his time to golf course design and operates one of the largest golf design practices in the world.

Nicklaus (born January 21,1940) is considered be the greatest golfer of the modern era and arguably the greatest in the game's history. Among his countless victories are a record 18 Majors. He won the Open 3 times, the US Open 4 times, the PGA Championship 5 times and the Masters a record 6 times. He served on 8 Ryder Cup squads and was voted US PGA Player of the Year 5 times. Among his countless awards, he was voted Golfer of the Century by American sports writers in 1986. Basically, Nicklaus has won everything in golf and has had every honour bestowed on him.

Leslie Claudius In a land of 1 billion where a single Olympic medal of any hue in would send us into paroxysms of delight, the quiet man who created a world record by playing in four consecutive Olympics will never tell you that he has four. Gold 1948, gold 1952, gold 1956, silver 1960.

"Hockey is not worthwhile seeing if he is not playing". - London Times
He got married on the condition that the game came first. When his first son was born he left on tour. "There is no finish line, you can always learn" and "You have to keep pressure on yourself, you have to work on your weaknesses". ."

"The entire team sat around a miniature hockey ground and planned every move. Very often the coach never came into the picture."

Michael Jordan - Born in Brooklyn, New
York on February 17, 1963. Led the US Men's Basketball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. On Oct. 26, 1984, in first game he played as a pro against Washington, he turned out to be an immediate impact in the league and proved that he belonged among the elite players. He finished the season as one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 28.2 points per game. After that he led the Bulls to their first of three consecutive NBA Championships in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In the 1992 summer, Olympics when for the the first time the professional NBA players were allowed to compete in the Olympics. Michael scored 12.7 points per game as the USA Dream Team went 6-0 to win the gold medal. On January 4, 2002 he achieved another greatest moment in his life, scoring his 30,000th career point against his former team, the Chicago Bulls. He ended his career with 32,292 points and a career average 30.12 points per game. In 1997-1998, Michael and Chicago Bulls continued their dominance and won two more consecutive championships, becoming the first team in NBA history to repeat-the-three peat (1991-1993, 1996-1998).

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were golds. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks. from 1979 to 1996 He helped transform track and field from its nominal amateur status to its current professional status, thus enabling athletes to have more lucrative and longer-lasting careers. Lewis dominated the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s, was named Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and set world records in the 100 m, 4 x 100 m and 4 x 200 m relays. Voted "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee and being named "Olympian of the Century" by the American sports magazine Sports Illustrated.

Diego Maradona -Born October 30, 1960, Argentine footballer came from poor beginnings. During an international career that included 91 caps and 34 goals, he played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, inspiring the Argentina national team to victory over West Germany in 1986, in which he collected the Golden Ball award as best player. Maradona's trademark move was dribbling fullspeed as a left wing, and on reaching the opponent's goal line, delivering accurate passes to his team mates. Another trademark was the reverse-cross pass (shot behind the leg that holds all the weight). He was also a dangerous free kick taker. He was a strategist, a team player, as well as highly technical with the ball, and could manage himself effectively in limited spaces, attracting defenders only to quickly dash out of the melee (as in the second goal against England), or give an assist to a free team mate. Being short, but strong, he could hold the ball long enough with a defender on his back to wait for a team mate making a run or to find a gap for a quick shot.

Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (1872 1933) "Black Prince of Cricketers". was an Indian prince and Test cricketer who played for the English cricket team. He also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, and county cricket for Sussex. His name was very often shortened to Ranji and he was also known as the "Black Prince of Cricketers". Ranji is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Neville Cardus described him as "the Midsummer night's dream of cricket". He brought a new style to batting: previously, batsmen generally played forward; Ranji played elegant strokes off the back foot and his popularisation or invention of the leg glance is famous. The Ranji Trophy cricket tournament is named in his honour.

Lance Edward Armstrong b. September 18, 1971 United States Seven-Time Tour de France Champion This feat was accomplished several years after brain and testicular surgery, and extensive chemotherapy in 1996, to treat testicular cancer that had extended to his brain and lungs. 2004 Silver Eagle Coin Honoree-American Hero Series. •Lance Armstrong's War : One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour De France

•"Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place."[

Tour De France is the most famous and prestigious road bicycle race in the world. With the exception of
war years, it has been held annually since 1903. It is a long-distance stage race competition for professional cycling teams, travelling through France and other countries over three weeks each July. The winner is the individual who finishes in the least accumulated time.

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