October 15, 2021

Freestyle skateboarding brilliance, the Uefa Cup and Ronnie O’Sullivan | Classic YouTube


This week’s roundup also features Fanny Blankers-Koen, Robin van Persie, and ‘the best coach in the Premier League’

Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky, without milk on this occasion.
Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

1) Things are hotting up at the Crucible, where the World Snooker Championships are in full swing. So here’s Ronnie O’Sullivan talking us through what is widely considered to be the greatest break of all-time, his 92 against Ali Carter in the 2012 final. Now here’s the Rocket in 2014, getting Mark Selbied in one of the classic frames, here are his Crucible 147s, and here’s a full show dedicated to his unfathomable brilliance in Sheffield.

2) Isamu Yamamoto is a freestyle skateboarder you need to watch. Take a look at his channel and a short film featuring the teenager.

Kelvin Liu

Today I discovered Japanese skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto. Just when you think he’s done the video gets better and better. pic.twitter.com/MrQFPBf3ee

July 27, 2020

3) On this day in 1948, the incredible Fanny Blankers-Koen won the 200m at the London Olympics – having already taken the 100m and the 80m hurdles. Here’s a rundown of her performances, here’s another that features some glorious crowd shots, yet another with footage of her relay effort, and here she is returning to the Netherlands.

4) The Europa League – née Uefa Cup – is back with us. In the 1976 final, Anderlecht beat West Ham; in the 1981 final, Ipswich beat AZ; in the 1998 final, the original Ronaldo beat Lazio; and en route to the 2010 final, Fulham whacked Juventus.

5) Here’s Katie Ledecky just swimming a full length’s crawl with a glass of milk on her head.

6) On this day in 1983, Robin van Persie was born. Here he is at Stamford Bridge, scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal, and look at all his Premier League goals for Manchester United. Here he is explaining why he forsook one for the other, and then talking about his career, more generally and at length.

7) Finally, here’s Brian Clough on socialism, fatherhood, and not being good enough, the day Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1993; some thoughts from Alan Shearer after he took Newcastle down in 2009, and John Carver letting us know that he’s “the best coach in the Premier League”.

Our favourites from last week’s column

1) Jan Vertonghen dropping the Eredivisie bowl.

2) Marco Materazzi puts an Italy hat on the World Cup trophy.

3) England losing to Pakistan at Lord’s in 2016, and Younis Khan’s 218 at the Oval.

Spotters’ badges: Stani 29, metalman, Yaser11.

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The Guardian 2020-08-06 11:35:00