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Lockdown watchlist: Gopichand's All England heroics, Comaneci's perfect 10, and India's kabaddi Invincibles

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Struggling to cope in a world without any sporting action? Fear not. In our latest series, we put together a list of videos you can watch right now to fill that adrenaline pumping again. This week's picks features some iconic performances across sport, including Nadia Comaneci and Pullela Gopichand.

India's kabaddi Invincibles

Who doesn't like happy endings, after all? India in Kabaddi World Cup finals have been unbeatable since 2004 - the year the standard-style tournament came into existence. However, the win in 2016 was a tad special. Fresh off the success of the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League, the buoyant Indian team went in as favourites - only to get stunned for the first-time ever by South Korea, with the emerging Jang Kun Lee leading the scores, in their pool match. In the final against arch-rivals Iran, it looked like luck would turn against the team once again, as they shockingly lagged behind even till the end of the first half. But then, something clicked. India found their savior in the unstoppable Ajay Thakur - who became an overnight sensation - to pull off an incredible comeback towards the end, completing a hat-trick of World Cup wins.

If you are a kabaddi fan, this match is strongly recommended. And if you aren't, invest 40 minutes in the game - you won't regret it. - Debdatta Sengupta

Watch on Star Sports 2/Star Sports 3, April 20, 10:30 AM and Disney+ Hotstar

The fortnight of Guga

Gustavo Kuerten walked into the French Open in 1997 ranked 66 in the world, low on confidence due to a dip in form. The shaggy-haired Brazilian, not yet 21, faced a tricky draw that promised to pit him against winners of the four previous men's singles titles from as early as the third round. If he got there.

This is a powerful vignette of his unlikely success that year, the first unseeded man in 15 years to have won at Roland Garros and the first from his country to win a Grand Slam. There is a rewind back to his early days in the game, and you will come away admiring his mother Alice and her role in shaping him into becoming a three-time French Open champion. His game wasn't half-bad, either, notably some of the searing backhand winners he singes across the clay, especially in a dramatic third-round win against 1995 champion Thomas Muster. - Debayan Sen

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Gopichand's All England triumph

Pullela Gopichand beat then world No. 1 Peter Gade of Denmark in straight games to set up a final against China's Chen Hong at the All England Open in 2001. In the title match, tenth-seed Gopichand made sure his strategy included making Chen -- who was coming off a gruelling semi-final against Muhammad Roslin Hashim of Malaysia -- work long and hard for points.

He did make a nervous start and his early errors saw the Chinese player go up 11-6. But from there, Gopichand, his nerves finally settled, turned things around fully and went on to win the first game with the loss of just one more point. Chen fought back to level the score at 4-4 in the second, but Gopichand's control and superior net play proved too much for him eventually. Gopichand's great success in his second career means he seems destined to be better remembered as a coach and mentor, but it was this title win that paved the way for the current rise of Indian badminton. - Gaurav Rai

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The Nadia Comaneci story

What happens when you have no fear? You do the impossible. Romania's Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and you know the rest. She was determined, she had the passion and she never gave up on the fight. Her story inspired me, maybe it will inspire you too. This is the story of one of the world's greatest Olympians, an icon who transformed gymnastics forever. - Arjun Namboothiri

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Marathon Madness

The marathon at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis was bizarre. Not just the strangest marathon, it's probably the strangest sporting event ever. The first-place finisher was in a car for much of the race. The second-place runner was refused water and was given a mixture of brandy and rat poison throughout the race. A Cuban mailman who ran the race in dress shoes and trousers finished fourth (for a reason that's apt for this tale). The ninth and 12th place finishers were from South Africa, which didn't actually send an official delegation. And, unfortunately, multiple participants died over the course of the race. - Manoj Bhagavatula

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