Five memorable teary-eyed sporting moments

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Roger Federer comfortably claimed a 16th Grand Slam title on Sunday at the Australian Open after defeating Britain’s Andy Murray in straight sets.

Murray was unable to hold back the tears at the presentation ceremony as the disappointment of succumbing to Federer in another final overwhelmed the young Scot.

The Sport Review takes a look at five of the most memorable teary-eyed moments in sport.

1. Sir Matthew Pinsent

The media foray surrounding Pinsent’s pursuit of a fourth gold medal was intense. He bore immense pressure on his experienced shoulders. The comparisons between Sir Steve Redgrave and the knight’s five gold medal haul were inevitable.

There were many highs and lows on the road to Athens, but Pinsent succeeded in claiming a fourth gold with six minutes of glory. At the awards ceremony the emotions poured from his body as the British national anthem echoed around the regatta course. It was a moving moment that remains etched in sporting memory.

2. Paul Gascoigne

At Italia 90, England came agonisingly close to reaching a first World Cup final since the infamous 1966 success. Germany overcame the Three Lions on penalties in a dramatic semi-final with Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce both missing crucial spot kicks.

Arguably the most memorable point of the match came when the talented Gascoigne broke down in tears upon receiving a yellow card. It ended any chance of his participation in the possible final.

3. Roger Federer

Many saw it as the end of Roger Federer’s reign at the pinnacle of men’s tennis. After an impressive 13 Grand Slam titles, his dominance was being challenged by Rafael Nadal and other hungry youngsters such as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Federer had managed to win one Grand Slam in 2008 and the 2009 Australian Open provided the Swiss ace with an opportunity to make a statement for the year ahead. It was the first major event of the year and he navigated his way to the final where he encountered his nemesis, Nadal.

After a gruelling five sets Nadal claimed his first hard court Grand Slam title. The award ceremony proved too much for Federer, who broke down several times.

4. John Terry

The departure of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea in 2007 saw Avram Grant take charge for the remainder of the 2007-08 campaign. Under his stewardship, Chelsea reached their first Champions League final where they faced Manchester United in the first all English affair.

After 120 minutes of open play the two sides couldn’t be divided. Chelsea put away their four spot kicks in the resulting shootout, while United’s Ronaldo had his kick saved by Petr Cech. It left John Terry with the chance to win the European Cup with the fifth penalty. In a heart-breaking moment however, he lost his footing and his shot smacked onto the post and went wide. Needless to say emotions got then got the better of the Chelsea skipper.

5. Darren Clarke

In the run up to the 2006 Ryder Cup Darren Clarke had hardly featured in any tournaments. The protracted illness of his wife and her sad death had resulted in Clarke understandably taking time out of the game to care for his partner.

His inclusion in the European side for the Cup ensured that it would be an emotionally charged event at the K Club. Clarke’s wife had passed away a mere six weeks prior to the event and the European side aimed to win it in her honour.

When Clarke won his match against Zach Johnson he was unable to hold back the tears as he celebrated with his caddie, Billy Foster.


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