Anthony Joshua vs.Wladimir Klitschko 2017

Anthony Joshua vs.Wladimir Klitschko 2017 On April 29, 2017, reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defended his title against former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Kiltschko in front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, London, with the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) heavyweight titles – both vacated, on medical grounds, by Tyson Fury the previous October – also at stake.

After a circumspect first four rounds, in the fifth round Joshua, 27, unleashed a flurry of punches, including a solid left hook, which sent Klitschko, face first to the canvas. To his credit, despite a heavily cut left eye, Klitschko, 41, rose quickly and, although he briefly looked in danger of being stopped, turned the tables on his opponent in the latter part of the round, landing a series of powerful punches. Indeed, in the second minute sixth round, Klitschko scored a knockdown of his own, felling Joshua with a devastating overhand right; Joshua, too, was on the verge of being stopped, but was able to recover as the fight played out.

In the eleventh round, Joshua delivered a vicious uppercut, which precipitated two further knockdowns and, ultimately, forced referee David Fields to intervene, with Klitschko pinned on the ropes and unable to defend himself. At the time of his victory, by technical knockout, Joshua led 96-93 and 95-93 on the scorecards of American judge Don Trella and Puerto Rican judge Nelson Vazquez, respectively, but trailed 93-95 on the scorecard of American judge Steve Weisfeld. Despite redeeming himself from a lacklustre performance against Tyson Fury, which cost him his three major belts, seventeen months earlier, and performing better ‘than most people thought he had in his entire career’, according to trainer Johnathon Banks, Klitschko announced his shock retirement from boxing, with immediate effect, in August, 2017.

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Roger Bannister Four-minute Mile 1954

Roger Bannister Four-minute Mile 1954 In defiance of contemporary wisdom that running a four-minute mile was impossible, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister who was, at the time, a 25-year-old medical student, made the ‘impossible’ possible by running four quarter-mile laps on a cinder track, at what is now the Iffley Road Sports Complex, in Oxford in 3 minutes 59.4 minutes. In so doing, he beat the world record, of 4 minutes 1.4 seconds, set by Swedish athlete Gunder Hägg in Malmö in 1945 but, by breaking through the seemingly impenetrable four-minute barrier, became a yardstick for every middle-distance runner on the planet ever since.

Bannister employed two pacemakers, his friends Christopher Brasher and Christopher Chataway, who were both highly accomplished athletes in their own right. Urged along by Bannister, Brasher led for the first two laps, before giving way to Chataway; Bannister, meanwhile, soldiered on in second place, on the shoulder of the leader, before making his finishing effort heading down the back straight on the final lap, which he needed to complete in under 59 seconds.

That he did and, pale and drawn after his extertion, his own words, ‘leapt at the tape like a man taking his last desperate spring to save himself from a chasm that threatens to engulf him.’ He collapsed, exhausted, in fact, almost unconscious, into the arms of his Austrian coach, Franz Stampfl. Norris McWhirter, soon to be commmisioned to compile ‘The Guiness Book of World Records’ with his twin brother, Ross, announced the result; as soon as he said ‘three minutes’ pandemonium broke out and Bannister, Brasher and Chataway set off on a gleeful lap of honour.

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