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The worst boxer, the most red cards in a game, the worst Nascar driver. These athletes made history, though not all that willingly…

To celebrate 60 years of the Guinness Book Of World Records we have delved into their archives and picked out some of the best, craziest and most peculiar records from around the world. Sport can be cruel sometimes, here are some of the most tragic records owned by athletes around the world. 

 

THE WORST BOXER

Reggie Strickland hit the floor more often than anyone else, losing 273 fights in his career. But he also fought 363 times, which is the 2nd most fights in the history of the sport.  

THE MOST RED CARDS

A punch-up during a match in the Paraguayan junior league made the ref see red 36 times. Not to be undone by their local rivals, the record for the fastest red card in history is held by Uruguayan José Batista, who saw red after just 56 seconds against Scotland at the 1986 World Cup.  

A little piece of World Cup history: José Batista’s red card after just 56 seconds

© Juan Pedro Acosta // YouTube

THE WORST NASCAR DRIVER

JD McDuffie competed for 28 years without one win, though he did become a crowd favorite. 

THE WORST NBA TEAM

The Charlotte Bobcats went through the 2011/12 season recording just seven wins in 66 matches, breaking an almost 40 year old record. It’s not all bad though, the record for the most defeats is still held by the Philadelphia 76ers. This didn’t do much to cheer up Charlottes owner, basketball legend Michael Jordan. 

“Everyone wants to write history, but not like this.”
Ex-Bobcats player Matt Carroll


THE MOST WORST FORMULA 1 DRIVER 

There have been plenty of average drivers over the years, but there is one driver who is regarded as the worst of all time by experts and fans alike: Chanoch Nissany. The Israeli drove only once in his short career, and that was at the sprightly age of 42, crashing his Minardi in a very brief Friday afternoon training session. There was still more to come, as the driver had to remain seated while his car was craned to safety. Why? He didn’t know how to remove the steering wheel… 

THE WORST OLYMPIANS

The eel and the eagle have their own special place in the history of The Olympic Games. We’re talking about British ski jumper Michael “Eddie The Eagle” Edwards and Equatorial Guinea’s luckless swimmer Eric “The Eel” Moussambani. The two athletes were met with roaring applause from the fans, despite failing miserably, as they proved that it’s the effort that counts. 

Eric Moussambani is cheered on to the end as he struggles to finish the 100m, finally finishing one minute slower than the fastest time 

© TICE123 // Youtube

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL LOSER 

Anna Kournikova is still one of the most famous athletes in the world, even ten years after retiring from tennis. Is this because of her success on the WTA tour? No chance. The Russian bombshell failed to win one major trophy on the singles circuit in nine years. 

ALWAYS SECOND BEST

It is an athletes worst nightmare. You’re possibly the best cyclist in the world, the world is at your feet and the trophies are within your reach, BUT, there just so happens to be one person better than you on the circuit. That’s the way things panned out for Raymond Poulidor. The French rider won his fair share of races, but the most important prize, the Tour de France, eluded him on fourteen occassions. Three 2nd place finishes and five 3rd place finished ensured that Poulidor’s name would go down in history as the unlucky loser. 

THE WORST HOCKEY TEAM 

According to the rankings, Mongolia is officially the worst ice hockey team ever. Their first World Cup participation went something like this: 4 games, 4 defeats, and a goal difference of 3:45 against giants of the sport such as Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Luxembourg. Keep practicing boys. 

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