Dyland Alcott, one of the nice guys in sport, gave viewers one of the most emotional experiences in sporting history at the paralympics in Tokyo. Keeping his golden slam dreams alive he beat Niels Vink a dutch teenager in what he described as ‘the best match in my life’. At the end of the marathon battle lasting three hours, both exhausted players went to the side of the net sharing a tearful embrace.
The pair hugged whilst live coverage had TV commenters in tears. Patrick Skene a sports journalist described the moment as ‘the essence of sport’ whilst Luke McGarry posted, ‘so much class and sportsmanship’.
Some are calling it one of the top 10 moments in sporting history.
Alcott won the gold in a score line that went right down to the wire.