GB Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold Medal 2016

GB Women's Hockey Olympic Gold Medal 2016 In August, 2016, at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Great Britain women’s hockey team made history by winning a first Olympic gold medal. Great Britain qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio by virtue of having won the Women’s EuroHockey Nations Championship, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, the previous August.

In Rio, the team progressed from Group B unbeaten in five matches, scoring twelve goals and conceding just four, before beating Spain 3-1 in the quarter-finals and New Zealand 3-0 in the semi-finals. In the final, Great Britain faced the Netherlands, gold medallists at the two previous Summer Olympics, in London in 2012 and Beijing in 2008, and the reigning world champions. Nevertheless, after goalkeeper Madeleine ‘Maddie’ Hinch saved an early penalty stroke from Dutch captain Maartje Paumen, Great Britain led at the end of the first quarter against their distinguished opponents, courtesy of a tenth-minute tap-in by forward Lily Owsley.

The Netherlands equalised six minutes later and led 2-1 after a Paumen strike in the twenty-fifth minute. A minute later, against the run of play, British defender Crista Cullen – who had been coaxed out of retirement the previous year took advantage of a kindly deflection to take the score to 2-2. The Netherlands led again after thirty-eight minutes when fearsome striker swept home from a short corner; her effort was cancelled out by Great Britain forward Nicola White in the final quarter and, with the scores level at 3-3, the match went to penalties. In the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Hinch proved to be the heroine of the hour, saving all four Dutch efforts, while Helen Richardson-Walsh and Hollie Webb slotted home to give Great Britain a dramatic 2-0 win.

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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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