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Acapulco cliff divers risk their lives to drive tourism – video

At Mexico’s beach resort of Acapulco, a group of professional cliff divers eagerly put their lives at risk on a daily basis, performing shows for the public and attracting tons of tourists in the process.The Acapulco cliff divers have risked their live…

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Acapulco cliff divers risk their lives to drive tourism – video

At Mexico’s beach resort of Acapulco, a group of professional cliff divers eagerly put their lives at risk on a daily basis, performing shows for the public and attracting tons of tourists in the process.The Acapulco cliff divers have risked their live…

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Travis Pastrana: ‘Jumping from a plane without a parachute is not the scary bit’

The daredevil rider and stuntman on injuries, jumping into the Grand Canyon, beating London traffic and moreYou’re bringing the first Nitro World Games to be staged outside the USA to Cardiff in June 2020 – er, what is it? Basically, the World Games is…

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David Wise sets new highest air record in ski quarterpipe – video

Two-time olympic gold medallist David Wise has set a new world record for the highest ski air quarterpipe jump. The US skier hit a height of 11.7 metres, almost an entire metre more than the previous record set by Simon Dumont in 2008. Wise was skiing …

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Going it alone: What drives solo endurance athletes?

From transatlantic rowers to cross-continental runners, solo adventurers rely as much on their mental strength as their physical attributesFew people have the will and the stamina needed to run across a continent or row across an ocean — and even fewer…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets time record

Susannah Gill beats women’s record for World Marathon ChallengeWhat started out as a “crazy ambition” yesterday ended in a world record as the British runner Susannah Gill successfully completed seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to …

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The 2018 world of sport in viral videos

From astonishing tricks to unlikely goalkeepers, via both irate and elated athletes, here is a selection of some of the most popular videos of the yearThe amazing world of sport: watch more of the good, the bad and even the downright ugly  Continu…

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British surfer Tom Butler conquers potential world record ‘100ft tall wave’ – video

Briton Tom Butler believes he may have broken the world record for surfing the biggest ever wave after successfully riding a huge swell at Nazaré in Portugal on 14 December.The 29-year-old says the wave was estimated to be more than 100ft tall. The&nbs…

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‘A liquid catapult’: big-wave surfer returns to scene of nightmare wipeout

Andrew Cotton, who broke his back on a huge wave at Nazaré in Portugal in 2017, prepares to scale the notorious peaks againLooking out from the jagged headland at Nazaré in Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean below looks tranquil. Baby waves – or so they seem…

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Polish mountain biker lands world’s first quadruple tail whip – video

Dawid Godziek of Poland landed the world’s first quadruple tail whip trick on a mountain bike at an event in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany on Wednesday.’It was a really tough one,’ Godziek said after the successful jump. ‘My body is destroyed, but it was de…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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The Glaswegian BMX rider whose redemptive story has hit Hollywood

John Buultjens fell in love with cycling when he saw ET as a kid. Now he hopes a film about his life will inspire a new generationBy Jonathan Drennan for Behind the LinesJohn Buultjens, a Glaswegian who made his name and fame by riding and designing BM…

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What is 2,011km long, lasts 82 days and takes 20,093 shots? Golf’s longest hole

Two retired rugby players needed a fresh challenge, so they set off for Mongolia, fell in with a stray dog and completed the longest hole of golf ever played

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Adam Rolston squatted and measured his putt. The early evening sun at Mt Bogd Golf Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia still hadn’t quite dried the moisture off the green, and he approached the ball tentatively. Two hundred spectators surrounded the green, including locals, close friends and family as he holed a seven-foot putt perfectly. The longest hole in golf had finished after 82 days and 20,093 shots across Mongolia.

Rolston has played many rounds of golf in his life, but he knows he will never complete a more satisfying scorecard. A former rugby international for Hong Kong, Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutland played the longest hole ever completed across Mongolia, covering 2,011km of difficult terrain, playing through the desert, icy water, rocky ground and glaciers. The most obvious question remains: why?

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Douglas Waymark named as athlete who died swimming Channel

Endurance athlete was participating in second stage of the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon when he got into difficultyA man who died while attempting to swim the Channel has been named as endurance athlete Douglas Waymark.Waymark, who had previously re…

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Aerialist hangs by teeth over Niagara Falls – video

Erendira Wallenda, the wife of fellow aerialist daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday. She broke the height record set by her husband in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250ft (76m) above …

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Aerialist hangs by teeth over Niagara Falls – video

Erendira Wallenda, the wife of fellow aerialist daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday. She broke the height record set by her husband in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250ft (76m) above …

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Swiss skier hits the heights with world’s first quad cork 1800 – video

Swiss skier Andri Ragettli lands the world’s first quad cork 1800 at the Suzuki Nine Royals in Italy. The 18-year-old managed to achieve the trick, which entailed doing five rotations while simultaneously dipping his head under his body four times, when flying 35m over the snow feature at Watles

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The gifs that keep on giving: Santa, dancing, eating and sitting down

Featuring a winger from the North Pole, a beautiful goal from Paris, a catch from beyond the boundary, a choreographed crowd and a man iceskating on his head Continue reading…

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Manchester United in Ukraine: how cold is too cold for sport? – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho voiced his displeasure at Zorya Luhansk’s frozen pitch and the cold conditions which will take hold during the Europa League meeting in Ukraine on Thursday. So how cold is too cold for sport? To try and answer that question we look at some of the coldest sports events ever, from the NHL Winter Classic in Michigan to the thrillingly named Antarctic Ice Marathon

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