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Sport’s greatest tear-jerkers

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Andy Murray in tears after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer

Andy Murray touched the hearts of people around the world with his emotional speech after being beaten by Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon on Sunday.

We've enormous respect and affection for sports stars who are in touch with their emotions here at Yahoo!-Eurosport, so we decided to celebrate Murray's weeping with our pick of the top dozen tear-soaked moments in sport.

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Jana Novotna still holds the record for the most memorable tears by a Wimbledon runner-up for her 1993 blubbing. Novotna blew a seemingly unassailable lead in the final against Steffi Graf, and had to be comforted by the Duchess of Kent:

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Jana Novotna gets a hug from the Duchess of Kent

It might have been the first time that Novotna cried after a Wimbledon final, but it wasn't the last. In 1998 she was at it again but this time they were tears of joy after she won the title, having beaten Venus Williams and Martina Hingis along the way:

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Jana Novotna cries after winning the Wimbledon title in 1998

Tears of joy are at least as common as tears of anguish at major sporting events, as British rower Matthew Pinsent. The 6'5", 17-stone man mountain was reduced to a gibbering wreck after winning his fourth Olympic gold medal at Athens in 2004:

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Matthew Pinsent in tears after winning gold in Athens

Pinsent's tears were mild compared to fellow rowing champion Garry Herbert 12 years earlier, who was inconsolable during the medal ceremony after coxing Greg and Jonny Searle to gold at Barcelona:

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Garry Herbert cries on the podium with the Searle brothers

At the same Barcelona Olympics in 1992, British athlete Derek Redmond was equally inconsolable - though for very different reasons - as his dad helped him hobble across the line in the 400m semi-final after his hamstring gave way. This image has become one of the enduring in sport:

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Derek Redmond is helped to the finish line by his father

Another British athlete, Paula Radcliffe, also broke down in tears after fitness trouble cost her a chance at gold. The marathon world record holder wept at the side of the road after failing to finish at Athens in 2004:

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Paula Radcliffe cries by the side of the road in Athens

Radcliffe's tears were part pain and part failure, but there was more mystery to those of heavyweight boxer Oliver McCall in his WBC world heavyweight title bout in 1997. The American started crying in the ring as he fought - or rather refused to fight - Lennox Lewis, continually backing away from his opponent and shaking his head until the referee called a stop to one of the strangest bouts of all time:

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Oliver McCall in tears after his bout with Lennox Lewis

Aches and bruises will heal but failure never stops hurting, something John Terry has shown several times after being on the wrong side of penalty shoot-out defeats, as he was after England went out of the 2006 World Cup on penalties against Portugal:

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John Terry cries after England go out of the 2006 World Cup

Terry is far from the only serial crier in the game. Though Andy Murray's emotional display at Wimbledon on Sunday took many by surprise, it will have been anything but a shock to anybody who remembers his even more emotional speech after losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open final in 2010:

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Andy Murray in tears after losing the 2010 Australian Open final

If Murray's tears on Sunday were no surprise, it was equally understandable that Tiger Woods broke down and wept after winning the Open Championship at Hoylake in 2006, just a few weeks after the death of his father:

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Tiger Woods is consoled by caddie Steve Williams after winning The Open

Tiger's display of emotion is unforgettable for being so raw and out of the ordinary for one of the most controlled characters in sport. But the most famous sporting tears of all belong to a man famous for showing his emotions: England footballer Paul Gascoigne. Gazza's tears after being yellow-carded in the 1990 World Cup semi-final will always be a bittersweet memory: joy at the memory of his incredible talent, but sadness for what might have been:

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Paul Gascoigne in tears at the 1990 World Cup semi-final

Pictures: Reuters, PA Sport, Imago, AFP

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