So Close

So Close

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A tribute to the bravest, craziest, unluckiest, most ridiculous defeats in Australian sporting history. Typically, therea€™s only one way to win a€“ by being the best. But there are countless ways of having victory snatched from your grasp. Remember Pat Raftera€™s 2001 Wimbledon final against the enigmatic Goran Ivanisevic. Think of Allan Border and Jeff Thomsona€™s titanic last-wicket partnership against England in 1982 that nearly won one of the closest-fought Tests ever. Look no further than Australian walker Jane Saville, only a few hundred metres from a gold medal at Sydney 2000 when she was tragically disqualified. And yet, as Adam Scott shows, a devastating defeat can sometimes spur a champion on to glory. From the calamitous to the hilarious, from the poignant to the absurd, sport is about so much more than gold medals, premiership trophies and urns filled with ashes. And in So Close, some of those sportspeople will finally get the recognition they deserve.... locker room a€” seemingly for almost the last time a€” at 13 under par, six strokes clear of the Englishman Nick Faldo. On the face of it, Faldo appeared unlikely to provide much of a threat, having failed to impress in a major since his equal ... become tabloid fodder: after splitting with his wife, his relationship with a 21-year- old Arizona golf student had become public. The final day began poorly for Faldo, who, despite his reputation for ruthless efficiency, was half an hour late arriving at anbsp;...

Title:So Close
Author:Patrick Mangan
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2013-07-30


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