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100 GREATEST ...
Over two nights 'The 100 Greatest Sporting Moments' counts down from 100 to 1 the finest moments of sporting excellence as voted for by Channel Four viewers. The programme tells the tales behind the sporting images that are indelibly burnt onto our collective memory. Sportsmen and women whose achievements live on well past the day when they hung up their boots tell us what it was like to be at the eye of the storm with the world's eyes upon them. Fans and coaches cheering from the sidelines give us their own perspective. And we hear the stories of those watching at home, for whom a moment of sporting action which took place maybe hundreds of miles away has special meaning. The show reaches its climax as we reveal the moment of sporting endeavour which Channel Four viewers have voted as the greatest ever. The top 1 - 50 are: 1 Steve Redgrave's record breaking 5th Olympic gold medal 23 September 2000 Sydney. Overcoming diabetes and his aching limbs, Redgrave writes himself into Olympic history and lands himself a knighthood. 2 Germany humbled in Munich 1 September 2001. The nations rubs its eyes in disbelief as thirty years of painful defeat to Germany on the football pitch is avenged in 90 glorious minutes. 3 Geoff Hurst and England win the 1996 World Cup 30 July 1966 Wembley. Some people are on the pitch. 4 Manchester Utd's last gasp comeback in the Champions League final 26 May 1999 Barcelona.They must score- they always score Clive Tyldesley the first time a German team got their footballing comeuppance. 5 Ian Botham's Headingley heroics 20 July 1981 Leeds. He'd resigned as captain, was seemingly about to be dropped from the team completely and the Ashes were all but lost when Botham stepped up to the crease to make history. 6 Maradona's Hand of God and brilliant second goal 22 June 1986 Mexico City.The two sides of the flawed genius illustrated in the same game. For many Argentineans, it's the first handball goal that took the sails out of the Malvinas' stealing pirates that gives them the most joy. 7 The Rumble in the Jungle Ali v Foreman 30 October 1974. Ali lays back on the ropes until the awesome Foreman punches himself out and then pounces to retain the World Heavyweight Championship that was stripped from him when he refused the Vietnam draft. 8 Torvill and Dean's Bolero 12 February 1984 Sarajevo.The perfect routine gets a perfect score for Artistic Interpretation. 9 Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis's Black Ball finish 1985. 10 Borg and McEnroe epic tie break 5 July 1980 Wimbledon.Set point followed match point as the tide ebbed and flowed between Iceborg and Mac the Mouth. McEnroe emerged as winner of the 4th set tie-break battle, although 14 games later it was Borg who was to win the war. 11 Jesse Owens wins four gold medals July 1936 Berlin and wipes the smile off Hitler's face 12 Cantona's Kung Fu kick 25 January 1995. Cue sixth-form-style philosophising on the subject of seafood and fishing vessels. 13 Roger Bannister's first sub 4 minute mile 6 May 1954. A new meeting record which, subject to ratification, will be a new English native, British national and British all-comers', European, British Empire and world record the time is three minutes. 14 Michael Owen's goal v Argentina in the World Cup 1998 30 June 1998. 18 year old Wonderboy scores the 'Boy's Own' goal that turns him into a world star. 15 Michael Thomas's last minute goal wins the title for Arsenal 26 May 1989 Anfield. It's up for grabs now. Brian Moore. 16 Goran Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon 9 July 2001. After serving two double faults at match point with tears in his eyes, the volatile Croatian pulls himself together to win the title that the world has assumed would never be his. 17 Keegan loses it live on TV 29 April 1996 I will love it if we beat them LOVE IT Clad in 70s-style chunky headphones, Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan jabs his finger at an imaginary Alex Ferguson in a way that hardly inspires confidence on the sofas and in the pubs of Tyneside. 18 Beckham scores from half-way line 17 August 1999. The first confirmation that the boy Beckham (in his lank blond locks and hint of acne phase) might be something a bit special. 19 Jonah Lomu beats England by himself 18 June 1995 World Cup semi-final Cape Town England's lightweights bounce off man-mountain Lomu as he powers his way to four tries England Captain Will Carling's verdict He's a freak and the sooner he goes away the better. 20 Gareth Edward's Barbarian try against the All Blacks 27 January 1973 Cardiff Probably the greatest try ever scored 25 seconds of instinctive, flowing rugby. 21 Van Basten's volley wins Euro 88 for Holland 25 June 1988 Munich The unstoppable drive from an impossibly acute angle that finally wins a major tournament for the nation that invented total football. 22 Ireland reach World Cup quarter finals 25 June 1990. Jack Charlton's collection of league journeymen beat the Romanian by penalty shoot-out courtesy of one of the few unquestionably Irish 'Irishmen' in the team, David O'Leary. 23 Ryan Giggs' winning goal v Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final 14 April 1999. Giggs beats the whole Arsenal team, turns away waving his shirt round his head and keeps United's hopes of the treble alive. 24 Red Rum's third Grand National win 2 April 1977 Aintree. After two second places, the romantic result that everyone wanted to happen actually came true. 25 England 4 Holland 1 in Euro 96 18 June 1996 Wembley. Terry Venables' greatest team talk ever inspires Sheringham, Shearer and Gazza to go out and flatten one of the world's best side. 26 George Best scores 6 goals in 1 game for Manchester Utd 7 February 1970 Northampton The reason it all looks so easy is that for Best at his peak, it was easy. 27 Frankie Dettori wins 7 races in one day Ascot 28 September 1996 ... makes a fortune for punters and drives several bookies out of business. 28 Tiger Woods becomes the first man to hold all the Grand Slam events Augusta 8 April 2001 The 25 year old Woods completes the Tiger Slam to simultaneously hold all four majors putting it beyond doubt that he is the most talented golfer the world has seen. 29 Matt Busby and Manchester Utd win European 29 May 1968 Wembley 10 years after the tragedy of the Munich crash, Matt Busby's European dream is finally realised. 30 Gary Sobers six sixes in one over 1968. 31 Celtic win the European Cup 25 May 1967 Lisbon and become the first British side ever to win the top club trophy (with a side entirely born within a 30 mile radius of Celtic Park) 32 Liverpool 5 Alaves 4 Liverpool win a unique cup treble 16 May 2001 Dortmund I think it will be a low scoring game Alaves Jordi Cruyff the day before the match The greatest final ever Alan Hansen 24 hours later. 33 Muhammed Ali lights Olympic flame 19 July 1996 Atlanta. The greatest riddled by Parkinson's Disease, his left leg uncontrollably shaking, defied his physical disintegration to light the Olympic flame in front of a crowd of 80,000. 34 Daley Thompson retains decathlon gold - LA Olympics 8 + 9 August 1984.. then whistles the national anthem on the medal-winners' podium wearing a t-shirt saying Is the world's second greatest athlete gay? 35 Gazza's goal against Scotland Euro 96, 15 June 1996 Wembley. Bleach blond Gazza's amazing volley against the old enemy and resultant Dentist's Chair celebration. 36 Brazil's 4th goal in the World Cup Final 21 June 1970 Mexico City. The best football team the world has ever seen playing at their best. 37 Linford Christie wins 100m gold 1 August 1992 Barcelona Eyes on stalks, arms outstretched, Christie becomes, at 32, the oldest man to win Olympic sprint gold. 38 Mark Spitz wins 7 Olympic Golds August / September 1972 Spurred on by not doing himself justice in the 1968 games, Spitz puts the record straight with seven golds and world records in every event. 39 Barry McGuigan wins the World Title and unites Ireland behind him 8 June 1985 At the height of the Troubles a unique Irish sporting success, celebrated by Unionists and Republicans alike. 40 Lance Armstrong beats cancer to win 1999 Tour de France July 1999 France Within a year Armstrong goes from being given only a 50% chance of survival to winning the most gruelling of sporting tests by over seven minutes. 41 Gordon Banks' save against Pele 7 June 1970 Gudalajara. Pele what a save! Banks somehow scoops Pele's bullet header upwards from ankle level and over the crossbar. 42 Britain overhaul USA in the 4 x 400 World Championship relay 1 September 1991 Tokyo Kriss Akabusi somehow overhauls the supposedly much faster (and certainly much smugger) Americans on the final leg. 43 Ayrton Senna's brilliant first lap of the European Grand Prix 11 April 1993. One by one Senna picks off his rivals in a blistering burst of driving, unhampered by the pouring rain. By the end of the race almost the entire field lagged at least a lap behind him. 44 Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest woman to sail around the world single-handed - November 2000 February 01 Scaling the mast in raging sea and sharing her thoughts and fears with a TV audience the gutsy yachts-woman from land-locked Derbyshire creates a media frenzy. 45 Brian Lara's 375 West Indies v England 18 April 1994. It took nearly 13 hours to complete, broke Sir Garfield Sober's individual test match batting record and was dedicated by Lara to the memory of his father. 46 Olga Korbut charms the world Munich Olympics September 1972. Turning precision back-flips and nifty footwork with a tinny piano accompaniment into solid gold. 47 Tanni Grey-Thompson wins 4 golds at the Paralympics Sydney October 2000. Tanni sweeps the board and confirms her position as the greatest Paralympian ever. 48 Becker wins Wimbledon aged 17, 17 July 1985. and becomes the first unseeded champion in the tournament's history (the leaping German was actually five months younger than the teenager who won the Wimbledon Boys' Championship that year) 49 Gazza's World Cup tears 4 July 1990. The young Gascoigne lunges into a tackle, gets the booking that meant he would have missed the World Cup final if England had got there and bursts into tears and in doing so wins a new audience for football that changes the game in this country for ever. 50 Tyson bites off Holyfield's ear 28 June 1997 Las Vegas. Some hours later a member of the hotel staff was sweeping the ring and found it!!!!
Presenter - VINNIE JONES Narrator - DICKIE DAVIES Writers - JIM WHITE, MARK ROBINSON Associate Producer - STUART RAMSAY Executive Producer - PETER A GORDON Director - MARINA WARSAMA Producer/Director - JOHN PIPER