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Biggest Choke Jobs In Sports

The Indy 500 was there for the taking for rookie JR Hildebrand.  An unfortunate wreck in the final turn adds his name to the list of huge choke jobs in sports.

It looked like a done deal.  It looked like rookie JR Hildebrand was going to cruise around a lapped car in the final turn of 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and cruise to a win.  He had over a four-second lead on Dan Wheldon.  He could’ve coasted to a win.  And then it all went terribly wrong.

Hildebrand came out of Turn 4 too high and got into the marbles.  He lost control of his car and slammed into the wall.  How agonizing must it have been for Hildebrand who was trying to limp across the finish line with a demolished racecar, only to watch Dan Wheldon zoom around him for the win?  Heartbreaking.

Although Hildebrand is a rookie, he’s a professional Indy Car driver.  He airballed a layup in the final seconds of a one-point game.  I really hate to say it, but I know a choke job when I see one.

Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

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