Sports Echoes — April 7

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HORSE RACING — Contenders clear Becher's Brook in the re-scheduled 150th Grand National steeplechase race at Aintree course, near Liverpool.

New Zealand-bred Lord Gyllene, ridden by Tony Dobbin, led from the second fence before going on to secure victory by a distance of 25 lengths.

The race was scheduled to be run on April 5, but was postponed by two days after an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb threat forced the evacuation of the course. (1997)

GOLF — Sunlight filters through Greg Norman's signature hat during his practice round at Augusta National.


Two years earlier, at the 1996 Masters, the Australian's maiden title bid fell apart after he shot a dismal 78 in the final round and lost to Nick Faldo by five strokes despite leading through three days of play.

Norman, a two-times British Open winner who finished in second place three times at Augusta, missed the cut in 1998, the same result as a year earlier, and ended his professional career without winning the famous Green Jacket. (1998)

BOXING — Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, and Vitaly Klitschko pose during a news conference before filming a fight sequence for the remake of "Ocean's Eleven".

Lewis, the last boxer to hold the title of undisputed heavyweight champion, never fought Klitschko in a professional bout but the pair shared the ring on the big screen.

The plot of the movie, which had George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia and Matt Damon in leading roles, revolved around a casino heist during a fight weekend. (2001)

ATHLETICS — Six-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius becomes emotional during his trial at the high court in Pretoria, where he was accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


The South African athlete, a double amputee known as the 'Blade Runner' for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, was handed a five-year prison sentence in 2014.

In 2017, South Africa's Supreme Court more than doubled Pistorius' sentence to 13 years and five months, accepting prosecutors' argument that the original jail term was "shockingly lenient." (2014) .

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