Mike Collins Four-second Knockout 1947

Mike Collins Four-second Knockout 1947 Former undisputed world heavyweight Mike Tyson, dubbed ‘The Baddest Man on The Planet’, was arguably the most devastating boxer ever seen. However, even Tyson needed more than a single punch to record the fastest victory of his professional career. Strictly speaking, his 30-second defeat of Marvis Frazier, son of Joe, in Glen Falls, New York in 1986 was by technical knockout, but after with an opening flurry of punches, including two powerful right uppercuts, Tyson literally knocked unconscious.

Although the veracity of the account has been questioned, in some quarters, according to Guinness World Records, the fastest victory in boxing history was recorded in the Minneapolis Golden Gloves, a regional amateur boxing competition, in Minnesota in 1947. The winner was Mike Collins and his opponent, albeit momentarily, was Pat Brownson.

Naturally left-handed, Collins apparently adopted a conventional posture, left foot and left hand forward, as the bell sounded to start the opening round, but quickly switched to a ‘southpaw’ posture, as normally favoured by sinister-handed boxers. Evidently the move perplexed Brownson; from what was effectively the ‘wrong’ side for his normal, orthodox opponent, Collins threw, and connected with, the first punch of the contest, a powerful left-hook that knocked Brownson to the canvas. Without even starting a count, the referee stopped the contest, handing Collins the verdict by technical knock-out after an elapsed time of just four seconds.

Sebastian Coe vs. Steve Ovett 1980

Sebastian Coe vs. Steve Ovett 1980 Notwithstanding a boycott, led by the United States, in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December, 1979, a total of 81 countries, including Britain, did attend the 1980 Summer Olympics. The standard middle-distance races, including the 800 metres and 1,500 metres, which British athletes Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett were expected to dominate, were not considered weakened.

Indeed, Coe arrived in Moscow as the world record holder over 800 metres and joint world record holder, with Ovett, over 1,500 metres. Just a week before the Olympics, Ovett had run 3 minutes 32.09 seconds in the 1,500 metres in Oslo, Norway which, in the days when race times were still rounded up to the nearest tenth of a second, was considered equal to the world record, of 3 minutes 32.03 seconds, set by Coe in Zurich, Switzerland the previous August.

Both men cruised through their heats and semi-finals in the 800 metres, but the final was a wholly unsatisfactory affair, which Coe later described as ‘the very worst 800 metres of my 20-year career’. It was no plain sailing for Ovett, either, who had to push his way out of trouble on more than once occasion, but Coe made the questionable tactical decision of racing on the wide outside throughout; last with 300 metres to run, he finished to good effect, but was never catching Ovett and had to settle for second place.

It was a similar story in the 1,500 metres, at least as far as the heats and semi-finals were concerned. In the final, for which Ovett appeared favourite, Coe helped to set a dawdling early pace – which, as a relatively inexperienced 1,500 metres competitor, was in his favour – alongside East German athlete Jürgen Straub. Straub picked up the pace, attempting to run the finishing kick out of Coe, but Coe took the lead at the top of the home straight and sprinted away to win by four yards, with Ovett labouring in third place.

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Virginia Wade Wins Wimbledon 1977

Virginia Wade Wins Wimbledon 1977 Sarah Virginia Wade, commonly known as Virginia, has the distinction of being the last British tennis player to win the Ladies’ Singles at the Wimbledon Championships. She did so on July 1, 1977, the year that marked the centenary of the Wimbledon Championships and the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, who made her first appearance in SW19 since 1962.

Wade already had two Grand Slam singles to her name, having won the US Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1972, but in fifteen previous appearances at Wimbledon had reached the semi-finals twice, in 1974 and 1976, but progressed no further. In 1977, third-seeded Wade progressed through the first four rounds, against unseeded opponents, without dropping a set. In the quarter-final she defeated number six seed Rosie Casalas, again in straight sets, and in the semi-final beat number one seed, and reigning champion, Chris Evert 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to set up a final encounter with number seven seed Betty Stöve.

Wade had beaten Stove – the first Dutch player to reach a Wimbledon final – on seventeen of their previous nineteen meetings but, in an error-strewn match, she lost the first set 6-4 and surrendered a 3-0 lead in the second to leave the result hanging in the balance. However, Wade recovered to win the next seven games in a row, thereby taking what proved to be an unassailable 4-0 lead in the third, and final, set. Eventually, after one hour and thirty-seven minutes, she closed out the match, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; understandably, her victory made prominent front-page news the following day.

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