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We often hear stories of victory, but what about those who came up short when it mattered most? Some of sport’s biggest names explain what it’s like to give everything for the win, but ultimately taste defeat.

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We often hear stories of victory, but what about those who came up short when it mattered most? Some of sport’s biggest names explain what it’s like to give everything for the win, but ultimately taste defeat.

    Brad Barritt: 2007 Super 14 Final

    Brad Barritt: 2007 Super 14 Final

    There are moments left on the clock, and the Sharks are six points ahead of the Bulls in the 2007 Super 14 final. More than 50,000 have assembled at Kings Park in Durban for the occasion, which will result in the competition's first ever South African champions, and the hosts look like they might just hold on to win. All they need to do is kick the ball out of play.... Cue Bryan Habana, with a trademark moment of magic. The try is converted. The trophy is lost. In the company of Rupert Cox, Brad Barritt – who started at centre that day for the Sharks, and has since represented England and captained Saracens – relives a truly dramatic fixture.

    • 44 min
    John Hartson: Helicopter Sunday, 2005

    John Hartson: Helicopter Sunday, 2005

    It's May 22nd, the last day of the 2005 Scottish Premier League season, and Celtic have one hand on the trophy, which is to be delivered by helicopter to the victors. All they need to do is win away at Motherwell, and - with the competition's top scorer, John Hartson - in their side, the result seems a foregone conclusion. Only Rangers, playing at Hibernian, can spoil the party, by closing the two-point gap at the top of the table. With minutes left on the clock, and both title contenders 1-0 up, Scott McDonald scores for Motherwell, and the helicopter - headed for Fir Park - is forced to make an abrupt U-turn. He's soon made it a brace - sealing the upset, and breaking Celtic hearts: the title is lost. 15 years on, Hartson sits down with Luke Shanley to discuss this most dramatic of season finales...

    • 37 min
    George Groves: Battle of Britain & Unfinished Business

    George Groves: Battle of Britain & Unfinished Business

    Carl Froch had been knocked down just once in his career, until he stepped into the ring with George Groves in November, 2013. In the very first round, the undefeated challenger doubled that tally, with a huge right hand, and looked capable of dethroning the unified world champion. A monumental upset seemed on the cards, until the ninth round, when 'Saint' appeared to be struggling, and Froch strode forwards. Howard Foster stopped the fight, handing Froch a highly controversial victory, and setting up a sold-out rematch in front of 80,000 at Wembley. Groves joins Andy Scott to discuss the encounters, and select his 'one that got away'...

    • 44 min
    Nasser Hussain: 2002 NatWest Series Final

    Nasser Hussain: 2002 NatWest Series Final

    Lord's, 2002. England skipper Nasser Hussain wins the toss, and - on a fantastic pitch - his side get off to a flyer. The captain contributes a hundred himself: his first and only in one-day cricket. India have an enormous chase to pull off, especially once their 'Fab Five' are out, and two relatively unknown batsmen enter the fray at 146/5. But, in one of the finest ODI games ever seen, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif orchestrate a miracle: it is Sourav Ganguly, not Nasser Hussain, who lifts the trophy. In the company of Ian Ward, Hussain discusses the fixture, his performance that day, and the importance of captaining on instinct.

    • 50 min
    Sean Fitzpatrick: 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

    Sean Fitzpatrick: 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

    Ellis Park, 1995. Nelson Mandela, wearing a No 6 Springbok jersey, presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup. It is one of the great sporting moments. But, for Sean Fitzpatrick, captain of the All Blacks that day, it was an agonising experience. Joel Stransky's drop goal in extra time sealed the hosts' win, crushing the New Zealand legend's hopes of a second World Cup title. Now, 25 years on, Fitzpatrick - joined by Rupert Cox - looks back at the occasion, acknowledging its enormous cultural significance, but also the pain of that defeat.

    • 49 min
    Introducing 'The One That Got Away'

    Introducing 'The One That Got Away'

    We celebrate them for their successes, but what about the times they tasted defeat? Sky Sports speaks to some of sport's biggest names, and explores the occasions when they came up short. 'The One That Got Away' - coming soon...

    • 2 min

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