Not so long ago, the furor produced an epic tennis match at Wimbledon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. The 11-hour marathon has already entered the history of sports. Meanwhile, this is not the first time such a long rivalry. For all the years of the competition there were several truly exhausting matches in different sports, which took several hours or days. Let’s talk about the ten most famous of them. Chefs Kansas City vs Dolphins Miami, Arkansas vs Kentucky.
This match in American football has become the longest in this sport. The duration of the persistent bout was 4 hours 55 minutes or 82 minutes and 40 minutes of pure playing time. In the regular season of the NFL matches are limited in time, but in the series of the playoffs are no more, that’s what such exciting fights are like for Christmas of 1971. In a historic match the teams of Kansas and Miami agreed. The chefs missed the ball in the last seconds, and the game went into overtime with a score of 24-24. But the first extra time did not bring success, only in the second kicker of the Dolphins Garo Yepremyan blow with 37 yards brought victory to his team. This game has become the longest in the history of the NFL, amazing and its statistics. Matches in the student leagues are deprived of the rules of “sudden death”, there also happen long fights, as in 2003 between Arkansas and Kentucky. The main time also did not reveal the winner with a score of 24-24, it took as many as seven overtime, until Arkansas finally defeated his opponent with a score of 71-68. Five players finished the match at once with several touchdowns, and the attackers in the sum overcame more than 1000 yards.
Ivan Nikolic vs. Goran Arshovits.
No one will be surprised at the length of the longest match in history, where 5949 moves were made, but this chess match lasted as much as 20 hours and 15 minutes, and it was “total” 949 moves. The match took place in Belgrade in 1989 between Ivan Nikolic and Goran Arshovits. Almost a day the game lasted, and on the board there were only five figures. Nikolic has a king and a rook besides an king, and King Arshovitz has a king and a rook. The draw was announced only after a hundred moves, which did not change the alignment. Such an indecently long match forced the World Chess Federation to introduce a rule of 50 moves. It says that the game can be declared no-man’s game if each of the opponents made 50 moves without capturing any figure of their opponent. This rule means that the record set in this match is unlikely to ever be beaten.
Playing poker by Phil Laak.
The history of gambling is full of cases when participants spent a whole day at the table, but more recently, a record was set in this area. Its author was an experienced card player Phil Laak, who spent more than 115 hours playing poker at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. Making a 5-minute break every hour, the American was able to beat the previous record in 72 hours Larry Olmsted, established in 2004. Larry, who was engaged in the ordinary life of selling clothes, claimed that, preparing for a record, several weeks in a row engaged in yoga and observed a strict diet. Laak swore that he did not use caffeine or other stimulants to overcome sleep. Phil only once took a half-hour break for a dream during the whole of his ordeal. 115 hours of continuous play even allowed the record holder to win a very decent amount of 6766 dollars! It seems that the casino was not a loser – many people gathered to see the record. Cricket: England vs South Africa.
For many, it may be a surprise, but one of the longest matches in the game sports was held in cricket. According to the original rules, the match can only end with the victory of one of the sides, for this it is necessary to score more goals. Modern rules allow you to fix a draw account after a certain amount of time playing. Previously, the matches were much more exhausting, especially for international meetings.Planned matches for five days, after which the winner was announced the most productive team. In some of the first matches, it also happened that the match could last indefinitely, until the winner was revealed. This is exactly what happened in 1939 in Durban, South Africa. There, the hosts competed in the match, which went down in history. The match itself began on March 3 and lasted as long as 9 days. This included two days off, and a day in the rain. Neither side could defeat the enemy. By day 12, England almost won with a score of 654 points, but the match was forcefully canceled, as the players simply had to hurry to the steamer home. As a result, to the delight of the hosts, a draw was fixed. The total playing time was 43 hours 16 minutes.
Boxing match Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby.
Today, boxer athletes hardly endure 12 rounds, surprising in this regard, the facts of early hours of hours of fighting are heard. One of the most famous stories happened in 1892 in a duel between Harry Sharp and Frank Crosby. The match lasted 5 hours and 3 minutes and consisted of 76 rounds, this record can not be beaten in the framework of modern rules. The bout took place in the town of Nomeoki, Illinois. It was calculated that the death of the match is possible, even some wrestling techniques were allowed. The battle continued until the 76th round and ended with a simultaneous attack of fighters against each other. Crosby previously hit his head hard on the ground, but was able to continue the fight. Sharpe managed to knock out his opponent a few minutes after that. This match was one of the longest boxing matches, with even the judge stopped measuring the length of the rounds. They say that during the fight it was quite cold, so the boxers were periodically warmed by sips from the flask with alcohol. In addition, after the 65th round of refereeing virtually no longer existed, the rivals were left to each other. Baseball Match between Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox.
The longest recorded professional baseball game was the 1981 match between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings. The match started on Saturday, April 18 at 8 pm, and ended only on an early Sunday morning. The game came to a deadlock when the score was 2-2 and was stopped by the willful decision of the president of the league. For 9 hours the team made 33 filings, and out of 2,000 fans who came to the stadium, in the end there were only 19. Each of the loyal fans received a season ticket from the owner of the Pawtucket’s team. Strange, but the game did not resume after 65 days, when the “Red Wings” appeared again in the city. When the game took place, her eyes were riveted from all over the country. More than 5,000 spectators came to the stadium to see the endings of this amazing match. But to everyone’s regret, the match ended quite quickly – in just 18 minutes the home team’s owner Marty Barrett brought victory to his team. This game entered the history of baseball as one of the most famous matches of all time. You can find out about it in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 2006 even celebrations took place on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the memorable and legendary victory.
Hockey match between Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maruns.
Usually there are no marathons in hockey, as different leagues find their solutions to solve such problems. It can be just a draw, or maybe a shootout. A similar situation in the NHL, with the exception of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the case of a tie in regular time, 20-minute overtime is assigned, which go to the first abandoned puck. This rule allowed the birth of several legendary matches for several years. The most famous of them was a 1936 duel between the teams of Detroit and Montreal. Three 20-minute periods did not reveal the winner, and the match went into extra time.However, the players focused on the defense of their own goal, as a result, 5 overtimes did not reveal the winner. Both teams were barely on their feet, the situation was solved by Detroit’s rookie Mood Bronetau, a rookie who was only a professional at that time for just two weeks. The saving goal was scored on the 16th minute of the 6th overtime, as a result, the total duration of the match was 176 minutes 30 seconds. In this case, 116 minutes of the team played in overtime, almost double the normal time.
Basketball: Rochester Royals vs Indianapolis Olympics, Syracuse vs UConn.
In today’s NBA matches, it’s common for teams to score more than 100 points. It is all the more surprising to hear that the longest game in the history of the league ended with a score of 75-73. But that’s exactly what happened in 1951, when a team from Indianapolis was able to defeat its rivals after six overtime. With this account, it’s no wonder that the game did not look exciting. For as many as six overtime, there were only 26 shots, most fans left their seats before the end of the game. The match lasted 3 hours 46 minutes. A more modern basketball marathon took place in our time, when in the championship of the East the teams of Syracuse and UConn held also six additional rounds. The game lasted almost 4 hours, ending at half past two. The team from Syracuse won with a score of 127-117. Obviously, in the last overtime their opponents were simply tired of fighting. Statistics match was incredible. Never before have teams scored more than 100 points in overtime, out of 244 total in that match. Six players were able to make a double. Surprisingly, this game is not the longest in the history of college confrontation. Even more famous match between Cincinnati and Bradley in 1981, when there were seven overtime! This game took place before the introduction of the rules of the shot-cloak in student basketball. But, despite this, the match in Syracuse was more difficult and exhausting for the players. By the end of the game, they claimed that they simply did not feel their feet.
Tennis marathon at Wimbledon.
This event happened very recently. It would seem that there will be a usual unremarkable meeting of the first round between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. However, the match entered the record book as one of the most famous matches of his time. Wimbledon rules say that in a decisive set there can not be a tie-break, one must play to the advantage of one of the players in 2 games. The American Isner met on the grassy English courts with his French opponents on the early evening of June 22, 2010. The game was very hard, when both players took one set, the match had to be interrupted due to dark. The next day the match continued and passed with a break. But even here the darkness did not reveal the winner. By the time each of the tennis players took one more set on a tie-break, and in the decisive set was played 59 games. The end of the fight was only on June 24, the final set lasted 8 hours 11 minutes, and the total duration of the game was 11 hours and 5 minutes. Record was the number of games – 138 games in the deciding game. The previous record for the duration of the match was almost half that. Isner also set a record for the number of aces – they accumulated 113. By the end of the match, both athletes were depleted, doctors stated overwork and possible complications with health. It is not surprising that in the second round match, Isner lost in 74 minutes, having managed to take only 5 games for 3 sets and not having given any aces.
Andy Bowen vs. Jack Burke – a record boxing match.
The 11 hour tennis match is certainly a debilitating action, but it does not compare to the more than 7-hour box that was aimed at causing physical injuries. The longest boxing match took place in New Orleans on April 6, 1893.In the ring went Andy Bowen and Jack Burke in the hope of winning the lightweight title, which was vacant after the resignation of the previous champion, Jack McAuliffe. At that time, boxing was an unofficial sport, so there were no rules according to which the match could be stopped because of the fall of the participant or the “ejection of the towel.” This served as the basis for one of the most brutal fights in history. The fight between two irreconcilable boxers consisted of 110 three-minute rounds. When the bells gave a signal to the 111th round, it took more than 7 hours and both men were so exhausted that they could not even rise from their corners. The judge realized that the duel went out of control and announced its end, the victory was not awarded to anyone. The match lasted as a result of 7 hours and 19 minutes and had a significant impact on the fate of the fighters – Burke had broken all the bones on his hands, his career was essentially over. Bowen was generally killed in his next fight.