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Wonderful Wales: Five other famous Welsh sports successes

Golf: Woosnam Masters Augusta

Ian Woosnam or The 'Wee Welshman' as he was fondly known stood tall at the demanding Augusta course in 1991. Adorned in eye-catching red-chequered trousers he went to the final hole tied for the lead with two-time Masters champion Tom Watson and top Spaniard Jose-Maria Olazabal. However, both his co-leaders dropped shots on the 18th. Despite being the world number one going into the major, the organisers hadn't figured him as a contender. "They didn't actually have a jacket to fit me so I had to get one from the press officer. I used his jacket," Woosnam told The Guardian in April.

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Athletics: Hurdles no barrier to Jackson

Colin Jackson a flamboyant character off the track -- he once turned up at a promotional event for the world championships in Sevilla dressed in a striking pink matador's outfit -- enjoyed his greatest moment in the 110 metres hurdles at the 1993 world championships in Stuttgart. The 26-year-old Cardiff-born athlete -- whose talent had shone early with silver at the 1988 Olympics -- destroyed a class field to take gold and break Roger Kingdom's world record.

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Rugby Union: Dragon roars to rare victory over All Blacks

Wales' last victory over the mighty All Blacks came 29 matches and 63 years ago in Cardiff in 1953. It came in adverse circumstances, trailing 8-3 and with wing Gareth Griffiths carrying on despite a dislocated shoulder, whilst skipper Bleddyn Williams 'the prince of centres' soldiered on despite torn thigh ligaments. Ken Jones gave the faithful Welsh choirs a reason to cheer as he nipped in to touch down and turn the match on its head for a 13-8 win.

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Boxing: Calzaghe dominates on 'Judgement Day'

Joe Calzaghe's finest moment came in a dominant display by the WBO light middleweight champion -- on his return from a broken hand -- for the IBF title against hot American favourite Jeff Lacy in a 2006 bout that was tagged 'Judgement Day'. Calzaghe, then 33 and had been WBO champion for nine years, won every round with his fans packed into the arena in Manchester chanting 'easy' much to the chagrin of the previously unbeaten American opponent. "He met me at my best and I could have gone 15 rounds that night. I was just on another level. I knew my career was on the line," Calzaghe told 'The Ring' magazine.

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Horse Racing: Nice one Sirrell

Desert Orchid, whose front running and courageous jumping exploits lit up the 'Sport of Kings' in the 1980's came to the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup as the hot favourite and defending champion. That plan came spectacularly undone in the unlikeliest shape of 100/1 Welsh challenger Norton's Coin, trained by farmer Sirrell Griffiths. Given a superb ride by veteran Graham McCourt he ran out of his skin to beat Toby Tobias and 'Dessie' a tame third.

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