Most Prestigious Sporting Achievements to Date
Throughout history, there have been countless incredible sporting achievements that have awed fans around the world. These are some of the most prestigious achievements to date in the world of sport.
Frankie Dettori at Ascot
In 1996, Dettori made history at the Royal Ascot by winning all seven races in one day. It may be over a decade since he shot to prominence with this incredible day but it’s still one of the best sporting achievements in horse racing. The bettors who decided to take a punt on Dettori on that fateful day certainly have fond memories of the ‘Magnificent Seven’.
Tiger Woods’ Tiger Slam
In 2001, Woods held all four Majors at one time, a truly remarkable achievement. In 2000, Woods was at the top of his game and at the beginning of the year, he claimed his fifth consecutive victory which set him on a trail of winning three consecutive Majors, nine PGA Tour events and either setting or tying 27 Tour records. The pressure for him to rewrite history, with three Majors under his belt already, was intense but when he shot his second successive round in the 60s to take the 54-hole lead, everyone knew that he had it in the bag.
Steve Redgrave’s Five Gold Medals
Britain’s greatest Olympian, Steve Redgrave, is one of just four Olympians that has won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games which is an incredible achievement. Despite saying that he wouldn’t compete again just four months prior, Redgrave surprised his fans when he announced he would compete at Sydney 2000. It’s reported that after the winning race, Redgrave told his crewmates to remember those six minutes for the rest of their lives, showing that even he knew what an amazing moment it was to win the gold.
Roger Federer’s 23 Consecutive Grand Slam Semi-Finals
In terms of tennis stars, few can match the brilliance of Roger Federer. Of all of his achievements, it’s his run of 23 successive grand slam semi-final appearances that tops the list. He boasts the record for grand slam singles titles with 16 to his name, but to hit 23 appearances showcases Federer’s amazing longevity and talent. The run began at the 2004 French Open and lasted for six unbelievable years until he fell to Robin Soderling at Roland Garros.
Red Rum’s three Grand National Wins
When it comes to horse racing, few can argue that the most prestigious sporting achievement remains Red Rum’s Grand National wins. The talented racehorse achieved a treble when he won in 1973, 1974 and 1977 – but he didn’t just win three times, because for five years he also came in either first or second place. In 1977, he was 12 years old and his trainer knew that it was his last chance to make history – jockey Tommy Stack had the honour of racing Red Rum to victory and he didn’t let him down, making history with his third win. But, Tiger Roll is set to take over this record if he races at this year’s Grand National. After winning in 2018 and 2019, racing tips for 2020 have him at good odds, despite currently recovering from injuries.