The best sporting bloopers

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Sportspeople represent the pinnacle of athletic prowess. They’re noble heroes placed high on a pedestal for us mere mortals to admire and worship. But every once in a while, they do prove they’re human by dropping a dolly catch, putting the ball in their own net or taking completely the wrong course with the finish line in sight.

Here are our top five favourite sport bloopers:

  1. Ronny Rosenthal misses an open goal
    We start with a trip down memory lane for a classic blooper that’s lived long in humiliation. The year is 1992 and Liverpool’s Ronny Rosenthal rounds the keeper before cementing his position in the memories of football fans forever with this inexplicable miss. Enjoy!

2. Stan Wawrinka’s dubious challenge
The advent of technology in sports is designed to eradicate human error not cause it. Someone tell that to tennis player Stan Wawrinka who uses the Hawk-Eye system to contest whether this serve was in or not. It was in – by some way.

3. An embarrassing moment for rugby union player Juan Leguizamón
Rugby union is a hard-fought and merciless battle of strength and guile. So, when you break through that stubborn final line of defence and can score a try, you make sure you get those points in the bag … unless you’re Juan Leguizamón that is.

4. A dreadful start to the 2006 Ashes
After a memorable victory over bitter rivals Australia in 2005, England travelled down under with high hopes of retaining the The Ashes. Steve Harmison kicked off the series with this delivery. Suffice to say this set the tone for the rest of the series and England were trounced 5-0.

5. Rory McIlroy’s wayward drive… into a spectator’s pocket
For those of us who have attempted to play golf, it’s often amazing just how wrong it can go. But the beauty of the sport is that on any given day, the world’s elite can be just as bad (or unlucky) as the rest of us. Just check out this shot from former world number one, Rory McIlroy.

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