For sports fans, sports are the epitome of hard work and dedication. To get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally gifted athletes have to give it their all.
Yes, we watch sports for the excitement, but even more so for the drama. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a team come back to win that 4th game after being down 0-3, or a fighter getting off the canvas to score a comeback after a knock-out.
Sports are about those incredible moments where sheer human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the moments we remember. But there sportsmen and women who have carved out a niche for themselves
An interesting that more than a dozen county cricketers have claimed medals at different 0lympic Games. In the Paris Games of 1900 where cricket was accorded 0lympic status, three British cricketers won gold medals- Alfred Bowerman, Montagu Toller (both cricket) and Claude Buckenham (cricket & football); In 1908 at London, three first-class cricketers secured gold medals – Arthur Page (tennis), Johnny Douglas (boxing), Reginald Pridmore (hockey) and Henry Brougham (racket, bronze); the lone football gold was claimed by Arthur Knight in 1912 at Stockholm; In 1920 at Antwerp, Great Britain secured three hockey gold medals through Eric Crawford, Cyril Wilkinson and Jack MacBryan; in 1948 London 0lympics, three British sportsmen won medals – Alastair McCorquodale (100m); Norman Borrett (hockey, silver); Micky Walford (hockey, silver); the solitary bronze medal came Britain’s way in hockey through John Cockett and in 1968 and 1972 Games at Mexico and Munich respectively the fencing gold was won by David Acfield.
Buckenham was the fastest bowler of his time and in four Tests claimed 21 wickets (average 28.23) with 5 for 115 as the best, despite dropped catches by dozens. Douglas, was an England all-rounder. He had stamina and strength to fight three bouts on the same day. He captained England in18 out of 23 Tests (won and lost 8 each), scored 962 runs (avg. 29.15) and took 45 wickets. He died in a drowning accident. Brougham, Crockford and MacBryan (played for England as well) and Wilkinson all played County cricket and, Bennett, played for Berkshire, a minor County. Among these, MacBryan is a unique Test cricketer who did not bat, nor did he bowl and even could not hold a catch in his solitary Test appearance against South Africa in the rain-ruined (only 66.5 over could be bowled) at Manchester in 1924. In the 1948 London Olympics India obtained gold (won 4-0) while silver went to Great Britain. The British team included three County cricketers- Borrett, Walfordand and McCorquodale. David Acfield played County cricket as an off-spinner who claimed 950 wickets and scored 1,677 runs in 420 first-class matches, besides winning fencing gold at Montreal..
Richard Charlesworth was a first-class cricketer for Western Australia and international field hockey for the Australian hockey team, winning a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics at Montreal. Politics was his last outpost.