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Schoolboy makes amazing 67-yard field goal with two seconds left

World of Sport

An American schoolboy has become a global phenomenon after landing a 67-yard field goal kick during an American football match.

Austin Rehkow of Central Valley Bears pulled off his miraculous kick - which beats the NFL record by four yards - in a match against local rivals Shadle Park High School.

Even more amazing than the kick itself is the pressure that Rehkow was under: the 17-year-old stepped up to take his shot with just two seconds left on the clock and his team trailing 55-52.

His astonishing piece of skill sent the game into overtime, and the Bears then went on to score a touchdown in the added time to clinch the match.

The player himself admitted that he didn't think he had made the kick - which was longer than any he had ever attempted, even in practice.

"I kicked it and I was a little bit worried it was going to be a little bit left," Rehkow told US breakfast TV show Good Morning America, who invited him on as a guest after his heroics.

"It started to straighten out for me, and from 67 yards out it's kind of hard to tell if it goes over the bar or is just short of it. I really just had to wait for the refs to put their arms up for me.

"To get it with no wind, and especially to (go on and) win the game, it's a special feeling."

As dramatic as Rehkow's kick was, it's not quite the longest ever seen in gridiron: that was a 69-yard kick made in a college game in 1976.

That shot was made by Sweden's Ove Johansson, who went on to have a career in the NFL. He was the first Swede to play in the league until a knee injury cruelly ended his athletic career.

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