Sport’s greatest upsets


In light of Leicester City winning the 2015/2016 English Premier League (EPL), JCNN Sport Writer Mitchell Carman has taken a look back into the archives at some of sport’s greatest upsets.

#1. Leicester winning EPL

This is without a doubt the greatest sporting upset ever. What makes this so remarkable, apart from the 5000-1 odds at the start of the season, is the fact that it was not a one-off game. An EPL season spans across 38 games and for a team like Leicester to defeat all the big guns of English football and stand alone at the top of the table after 38 games is remarkable. Also adding to the amazing story is the fact that Leicester were almost relegated last year. You will not see a bigger upset in your lifetime.

#2. Prince of Penzance wins 2015 Melbourne Cup

Prince of Penzance was always a handy horse but few pundits had him finishing in the top 10 in last year’s Melbourne Cup. However, he not only won but did so with relative ease- beating home the well fancied international runner Max Dynamite by half a length. With the win Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the most famous horse race in the world. Prince of Penzance had its first run back in Adelaide on the 21st May and was ultra-impressive over the unsuitable distance of 1600 metres, suggesting that he will mount a sizeable challenge in anything he contests.

#3. Steven Bradbury winning gold medal at 2002 Winter Olympics

This probably belongs more to the greatest sporting flukes, but as it is part of Australian sporting folklore it must be mentioned. What people forget was that Bradbury had more than one stroke of luck. After winning his heat, he finished third in his quarter final which would have eliminated him if it wasn’t for one of the runners who finished in front of him to be disqualified, allowing Bradbury to advance. He then sat last in his semi-final but a three-way crash between medal favourites allowed him to finish second and advance to the final. Remarkably, in the final Bradbury was again way off the pace and destined to finish last when on the final lap his four competitors all crashed, allowing him to steal perhaps the luckiest gold medal of all time.

#4. USAs ‘Miracle on Ice’

The USA had no business being in the rink with the USSR when they squared off in the 1980 ice hockey semi-final at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The college amateurs were given no chance against a Soviet Union team that had dominated the sport for years. Yet, the USA upset the sports powerhouses and went on to win gold in what would become known as the ‘Miracle on Ice’.

#5. Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson

Fighting just weeks after his mother had died, James “Buster” Douglas was expected to become Tyson’s 11th straight victim. Buster was given zero chance of stopping the undisputed champion of the world but did what many considered impossible and defeated Tyson in the 10th round. In doing so he sent Tyson to the canvas for the first time in his career with a flurry of punches. Subsequently, Tyson was counted out and lost the match- one of only 6 losses in his professional career.