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06 May 2020 02:44 #1 by Dentonholmersimpson
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During these testing times when time seems to melt from on day into another ( 2.30am) I have been watching a documentary on Barry McGuigan,who is one of mine.

Please name your top10 sporting heroes, not necessarily the most famous, but the one's who gave you the most pleasure for a split moment in time, Jimmy obviously will be in there for most.

I will post mine over the next couple of days after a bit of thought ,could include Pele, Daley Thompson, Brent Hetherington, who knows.
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06 May 2020 02:53 #2 by Dentonholmersimpson
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I should have probably included sporting moments, the ones when you are watching the telly that get you jumping up on your feet screaming
in almost orgasmic joy.

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06 May 2020 08:34 #3 by ParcelPete
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Difficult question as i'm sure i will miss some out but after 10 minutes thought here goes.
Ali.
Pele.
Carl Lewis.
Ian Botham.
Daley Thompson.
Bjorn Borg.
Seb Coe.
Sugar Ray Leonard.
Jess Ennis.
Ben Stokes.
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06 May 2020 12:37 #4 by baggieblue
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Emile Zatapak
Henry Cooper
Ian Botham
David Bedford
Alf Tupper
George Best
Freddie Truman
Tessa Sanderson
Bishan Bedi
Bobby Hope
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06 May 2020 20:16 #5 by torbayblue
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Bill Shankly
Alan Ashman
Tom Finney
Bobby Charlton
Jimmy Greaves
Bobby Moore
Gordon Banks
Alan Shearer
Kenny Dalgleish
Jurgen Klopp
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06 May 2020 21:26 #6 by markredfox73
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Here are my selections from various sports...took some thought over it before posting.

Willie Carson

Ian Botham

Peter Beardsley

Dan Marino

Andy Murray

Jimmy White

Seve Ballesteros

Daley Thompson

Steve Cram

Evander Holyfield









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06 May 2020 22:04 #7 by Frankie
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George Best
Clive Lloyd
Gareth Edwards
Frank Hayes
Stuart Pearson
Ille Nastase
Bryan Robson
Keith Wood
Fran Cotton
John Conteh

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06 May 2020 22:52 #8 by Zebby
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Botham
Flintoff
Anderson
Stokes
Sam Burgess
Jonathon Davies
Hanley
Alfy Langer
Shearer
Gazza

Be just and fear not

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07 May 2020 00:04 #9 by topstepwhinger
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Mine are a mixture of heroes and those who created a special moment (which I believe you were after, not just a list of sporting legends.
Andy Murray - that first Wimbledon win brought me to tears.
Jimmy Glass - obviously
Steve Hayward - for scoring THAT penalty.
Ayrton Senna - a proper racer.
Seb Coe - so smooth and effortless at his peak.
Ben Stokes - for those innings' and being an adopted Cumbrian too.
Johan Cruyff - a genius of a footballer.
Jessica Ennis - Olympics 2012 super Saturday.
Barry Sheene - another proper racer and another taken too soon.
Seve Ballesteros - played shots others couldn't even imagine.
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07 May 2020 06:58 #10 by deepfathom
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Yes, Jessica Ennis, but what about Mary Peters? She was/is a real Hero in a much more difficult times.
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07 May 2020 07:24 #11 by ParcelPete
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Zebby wrote: Botham
Flintoff
Anderson
Stokes
Sam Burgess
Jonathon Davies
Hanley
Alfy Langer
Shearer
Gazza


Grant Hanley the Dumfries born bang average Norwich centre back will be delighted.
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07 May 2020 07:43 #12 by Yorkie Blue
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Some great, some not so great, but in their own way gave pleasure and earned respect.

Jesse Owen
Ali
Johnny Wilkinson
Jimmy Glass
Andy Murray
Ben Stokes
Stirling Moss
Dean Walling
Alan Ashman
Alf Ramsey

Stay safe, stay healthy all.
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07 May 2020 09:04 #13 by Zebby
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ParcelPete wrote:

Zebby wrote: Botham
Flintoff
Anderson
Stokes
Sam Burgess
Jonathon Davies
Hanley
Alfy Langer
Shearer
Gazza


Grant Hanley the Dumfries born bang average Norwich centre back will be delighted.


Solid 5 out of 10 every week that lad...unlike the black pearl

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07 May 2020 11:41 #14 by markredfox73
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Some good names on these lists so far making for good reading. Keep them coming.


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07 May 2020 15:53 #15 by Yorkie Blue
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Just remembered another sporting hero from my very early years :-

Alf Tupper - The Tough of the Track, outstanding athlete on a diet of fish and chips.

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07 May 2020 17:16 #16 by 09sider
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Ones that have light up sport for me are,

Joey Dunlop
Barry Mcguigan
Gordon Banks
Niki Lauda
Barry Sheene
Eddie the Eagle Edwards
Bradley Wiggins
Walter Payton
Steve Redgrave
Jimmy Glass

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07 May 2020 17:16 #17 by Bumble
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I founf this hard, needed a top 50 really. I tried to stick to the remit of sports stars who made me hold my breath til it was over rather than ones who were heroes throughout their career. Some would have been in both list some wouldn't.

Ali
Ian Botham
Jesse Owens (ok I didn't see him, but just seeing the footage was enough)
Ussain Bolt
Torvil and Dean
Ben Stokes
Dennis Taylor
Valentino Rossi
Ayrton Senna
David Weir

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07 May 2020 18:32 #18 by Dentonholmersimpson
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There are some sportsmen that transcend their sports,Pele,Ali and there are other that had brilliant careers, Botham, Ballesteros,Stokes.

I have decided to go for 10 moments that had me up on my feet and most of these were over in the blink of an eye almost.

My personal choices, so probably football dominated, not a big fan of motor sports, also looking at the dates I haven't been excited for 15 years. My wife would probably confirm that.

1966- Bobby Charlton goal England v Mexico

1968- Bob Beamon 8.9 metres in Long Jump

1970- Gordon Banks save.

1972- Ronnie Radford v Newcastle

1973- Gareth Edwards, Barbarians.

1974- Ali v Foreman rope a dope.

1993- Shane Warne, ball against Gatting.

1998- Michael Owen goal v Argies.

1999- JG

2005- Tiger Woods, chip putt at Masters.

There must have been something in the 80's but struggling, Brazil 82 and Eder's goal against our Caledonian friends sticks out.

Shit,to balance things out a bit, must mention Archie Gemmill v Holland. An Englishman in an English pub jumping for joy at a Scotland goal.
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07 May 2020 18:33 #19 by ParcelPete
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Bumble i take it you mean the wheelchair athlete and not the retired jock footballer.

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07 May 2020 18:44 #20 by Bumble
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Indeed, the Weirwolf of London, paralympian.
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07 May 2020 19:40 #21 by topstepwhinger
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DHS yours is the sort of list I thought you were after, but my memory is terrible.
If it was better I would have also included the Gareth Edwards try, Michael Owen goal and Shane Warne's ball.
There was also Ronaldo's overhead kick against Juventus.

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07 May 2020 20:43 #22 by 1954Blue
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Chris Balderstone
Bill Shankly
Brendan Foster
Tom Finney
Steve Ovett
Arthur Ashe
Roger Bannister
Steve Redgrave
Mary Peters
Freddie Trueman

Honorable mentions for Wilson of the Wizard and Alf Tupper

And what was the name of the dog Limp along Leslie had?

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07 May 2020 21:58 - 08 May 2020 02:49 #23 by Dentonholmersimpson
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topstepwhinger wrote: DHS yours is the sort of list I thought you were after, but my memory is terrible.
If it was better I would have also included the Gareth Edwards try, Michael Owen goal and Shane Warne's ball.
There was also Ronaldo's overhead kick against Juventus.


If you keep thinking about it you will eventually remember these moments,I have just thought of Roberto Carlos free kick v France.

One other thing that is burnt into my memory is a golfer called Gene Sarazen who was born in 1902, first player to win a grand slam.

Sometime,late 70s I think, in plus fours and a baggy cap, hole in one at the Postage Stamp at Troon.

Brilliant to watch.
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07 May 2020 22:15 #24 by Zebby
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Maybe because I'm a big rugby league and cricket fan a great deal of my greatest moments apart from watching the blues have been ashes related but watching GB hammer the Australians in 92 in Melbourne 10-33 to level the series still gives me goosebumps...my god what a night sheer joy think I got back to hotel a out 10 in morning
Apart from blues promotions just edges my favourite occasion I attended would have loved to have been at last year's cricket WC final mind


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07 May 2020 22:18 #25 by markredfox73
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Mike Gatting will still never know to this day how the hell that delivery from Warne came about....it was a delivery of a lifetime to introduce yourself on the big stage.

I should really have put Nigel Mansell in my selections...he was a proper racer like Senna was with a never say die attitude..The day he hunted down Nelson Pique in the British grand prix was a real thrill to watch.

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07 May 2020 22:39 #26 by heilkmoon
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Martin Offiah
Chris Eubank
Gazza
Mally Poskett
Jocky Wilson
Lester Piggott
David Gower
Geoff Boycott
Lewis Hamilton
Daley Thompson

I’ve gone for people who I enjoyed watching or who I enjoyed being successful. I’m a huge admirer of Shane Warne but can’t include him because I never wanted him to do well. The ball of the century was a huge disappointment at the time because Mike Gatting was out!

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07 May 2020 22:52 #27 by Mr Quint
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So in no particular order!
1. Malcolm Poskett
2. Kev Grey/Danny Livesey
3. Daley Thompson
4. Ben Stokes
5. Louisa Nesbie
6. Ben Stokes
7. Adrian Heath
8. Andy Gray
9. Neville Southhall
10. Steve Archibald

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07 May 2020 23:34 #28 by howoldboy
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I couldn't be bothered to make my own list but have checked the previous posts for any obvious omissions.

The only one I can see is Eric Cantona for his kung fu night at Crystal Palace.
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08 May 2020 01:00 #29 by Dentonholmersimpson
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howoldboy wrote: I couldn't be bothered to make my own list but have checked the previous posts for any obvious omissions.

The only one I can see is Eric Cantona for his kung fu night at Crystal Palace.


Or as the polar opposite Bobby Moore's tackle v Jairzinho 1970

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08 May 2020 09:02 #30 by Dancingbear
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In no particular order

Frank Bruno
Lennox Lewis
Mike Tyson
Ricky Hatton
John Daly
Nick Faldo
Keith Walwyn
Marcus Allen
Ellery Hanley
Alan Shearer

As for sporting moments this stands out to me


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08 May 2020 09:57 #31 by baggieblue
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For both sporting hero and sporting moment I would like to add Colin(?) Smith from TheLoneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Although the only race I was leading I did continue and win.

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08 May 2020 10:23 #32 by Bumble
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It's odd but football doesn't really fit in this theme for me. I think it's because football, even now is still a team game.

The Jimmy Glass game was the ultimate turn round , the biggest high ever but always, in the back of my mind is this little niggle. JG gets the glory but Graham Anthony was my man of the match that day. Brightwell scored his best goal ever. Dobie was unlucky to have his header ruled out. Hopper and Prokas gave everything they had.

It was a great great moment but it slotted into place cos Stevens shot went out for a corner, Anthony put in a good corner, Dobie headed the corner. Dunghi (sic) parried the corner, only then could the Jimmy Glass moment happen.

There have been other great football moments but again they weren't individual efforts. Dean Windass sending Hull to the Premiership, Troy Deanney doing the same for Watford. Aguerro scoring that late goal. Great moments but every one needed a team for it to happen.
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08 May 2020 10:27 #33 by newcarlislefan
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Steve Ovett
Seb Coe
Ian Botham
Viv Richards
Bill Shankly
Brian Clough
Steve Coppell
Glen Hoddle
Socrates
Bryan Robson

The Ovett\Coe stuff in the late 70s, early 80s was just fantastic and their races in the 1980 Moscow Olympics was just about as good as sport gets for me.

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08 May 2020 12:20 #34 by Bruntonpasty
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I saw further up someone mentioned Joey Dunlop, excellent choice in my view. If you know little about the TT, check it out, them guys are a bit mental for sure but their skill and bravery is unquestionable. Another motorsport legend would be John Surtees, world champion on four wheels and two wheels if I'm not mistaken?

They don't like it up 'em!
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08 May 2020 13:06 #35 by topstepwhinger
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Bruntonpasty wrote: I saw further up someone mentioned Joey Dunlop, excellent choice in my view. If you know little about the TT, check it out, them guys are a bit mental for sure but their skill and bravery is unquestionable. Another motorsport legend would be John Surtees, world champion on four wheels and two wheels if I'm not mistaken?


Joey Dunlop is a great shout - those guys are mad.
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08 May 2020 13:23 #36 by Bruntonpasty
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I think you can find Peter Hickman's 135mph average lap on youtube, amazing but terrifying!!

They don't like it up 'em!

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08 May 2020 19:27 #37 by franksidebottom
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Daley Thompson - the ultimate competitor
Jimmy Greaves
Phil Taylor
Kevin Sinfield
Michael Johnson
Niall Quinn
Alastair Brownlee
Ian Rush
James Roby
Steve Redgrave

“Yeah, I know of Barry. Bit of a fantasist” - John Courtenay 2003

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08 May 2020 20:45 #38 by Dentonholmersimpson
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Why is it some of those who won or were nominated for Sports personality never seemed to have much of one.

Andy Murray

Steve Redgrave

Damon Hill

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08 May 2020 21:51 #39 by franksidebottom
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Dentonholmersimpson wrote: Why is it some of those who won or were nominated for Sports personality never seemed to have much of one.

Andy Murray

Steve Redgrave

Damon Hill


Nigel Mansell

“Yeah, I know of Barry. Bit of a fantasist” - John Courtenay 2003

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09 May 2020 07:10 #40 by nobbyblue
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Nobody mentioned the legendary George Oghani.

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09 May 2020 21:46 #41 by chorleybluehoss
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Really tough one but:

Paul Gascoigne - just loved the way he played the game, wish he’d gone to United as I think his career would have gone better

Steve Cram - early memories of athletics and thought his style was great

Richard Hadlee - maybe an odd one but a true gent and great player

John McEnroe - genius and a will to win which did go over the edge but loved watching him

Michael Jordan - just watch the Last Dance

Maradona - ok he cheated but he was bloody good

Nick Faldo - was just getting into golf and he bucked the trend of American golfers winning things

Mike Tyson - too young to appreciate Ali so Tyson is the best for me

Seve - Faldo was mechanical, Seve was mercurial

Jimmy White - loved watching him play frames
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09 May 2020 22:22 #42 by topstepwhinger
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John McEnroe is a good call. I always wanted him to beat the ice man Borg and I never liked Connors. He is also a very good commentator/summariser - always saying things exactly as he sees it.

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09 May 2020 22:44 #43 by melbourneblues
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‘Paul Gascoigne - just loved the way he played the game, wish he’d gone to United as I think his career would have gone better‘

I don’t think we were in any position to buy him at the time.

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13 May 2020 01:32 #44 by Dentonholmersimpson
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Just been watching a documentary on Seve, he was brilliant and loved by the fans.

Also, one I missed, Joe Calzhagies demolition of Jeff Lacey always worth a watch.

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13 May 2020 10:20 #45 by markredfox73
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Seve was amazing to watch in his pomp and when he was on a roll...he had every confidence he could hole a put from anywhere..he excitement he brought to the game with his style was second to none.

A special mention to Greg Norman...for pure entertainment on a golf course, his sublime shot making when he was on a charge was great to watch..but equally he could crash and burn as quick...but big crowds followed him everywhere like Seve.

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13 May 2020 10:54 #46 by Burneside Blue
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Without a doubt it's got to be Shirley "Big daddy" Crabtree. Eeeeeasy eeeeeeeasy!
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13 May 2020 11:48 #47 by pacirv
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Hughie Mcilmoyle
Stan Bowles
Peter Beardsley
Seb Coe
Mo Farah
Steve Ovett
Eric Welsh
Tommy Murray
Diana Asher-Smith
Michael Bridges
Guess which sports I like LOL.

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