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On This Day - August 16, 2008: Usain Bolt breaks world record to claim Olympic gold in Beijing

Usain Bolt crosses the line to win the 100m final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

BIRTHDAYS

Barry Venison (soccer) - former Sunderland, Liverpool and Newcastle defender, born 1964.

Stefan Klos (soccer) - former Rangers and Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper, born 1971.

Stan Lazaridis (soccer) - former Birmingham and Australia winger, born 1972.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (cricket) - West Indian former world number one batsman, born 1974.

Didier Agathe (soccer) - former Celtic and Aston Villa wing-back, born 1975.

Jonatan Johansson (soccer) - former Finland, Rangers, Charlton and Malmo forward, now on the coaching staff at Ibrox, born 1975.

Roque Santa Cruz (soccer) - former Malaga, Manchester City, Blackburn and Paraguay striker, now at Olimpia Asuncion, born 1981.

Joleon Lescott (soccer) - former Wolves, Everton, Manchester City and England defender, born 1982.

Moussa Sissoko (soccer) - Tottenham and France midfielder, born 1989.

ON THIS DAY

1930: The first Empire Games opened in Hamilton, Canada. The Games were renamed the Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 and the British Commonwealth Games in 1970.

1948: Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth, who made his name with the New York Yankees, died aged 53.

1998: Vijay Singh claimed his first major title with victory in the US PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club near Seattle.

1999: The IAAF refused to accept a UK Athletics decision to clear Scottish sprinter Dougie Walker of doping allegations.

2006: Steve McClaren began his England reign in style with a 4-0 win over Greece.

2008: Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the Olympic 100 metres in Beijing in a world record time of 9.69 seconds. Swimmer Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly to equal Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in one Games, while Great Britain won four golds courtesy of swimmer Rebecca Adlington, cyclists Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins and in the men's fours rowing event.

2009: Bolt shattered his own world record to win World Championships gold in Berlin in 9.58secs, while Great Britain's Jessica Ennis won heptathlon gold.

2013: Mo Farah won the world 5,000m title in Moscow. The victory completed a 'double double', making him world and Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000m.

2014: Manchester United lost their opening game on Louis van Gaal's Premier League debut, going down 2-1 at home to Swansea.

2017: Everton completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Where do Leeds United play their home matches?

2 Where is the US Masters held?

3 In 2000, who won his seventh Wimbledon men's singles title?

4 Ian Botham played for Somerset, Durham and which other county?

TODAY’S TV

SOCCER: Women's Under-20s World Cup quarter-final, TBC v TBC - Eurosport 2 1445, TBC v TBC - Eurosport 2 1815; Carabao Cup, Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

CRICKET: Vitality Blast, TBC v TBC - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1800; Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders - Sky Sports Cricket 0030 (Fri), Sky Sports Main Event 0200 (Fri).

GOLF: Nordea Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1000; Wyndham Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1700.

CYCLING: BinckBank Tour - Eurosport 1 1400; Arctic Race of Norway - Eurosport 1 1600; Colorado Classic - Eurosport 1 2030.

TENNIS: Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 1 1600, Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays - BT Sport 2 1800.

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. Elland Road; 2. Augusta; 3. Pete Sampras; 4. Worcestershire

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