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On this Day, Aug 20 2008: Usain Bolt wins gold in the 200 metres in a world record time of 19.30seconds

Usain Bolt won gold in Beijing in August 2008  

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1906: One of the early greats of British tennis, HW 'Bunny' Austin was born. He teamed up with Fred Perry to win four consecutive Davis Cup finals between 1933 and 1936. He made it to the Wimbledon final in 1932 and 1938 but was beaten both times. Austin died in Coulsdon, south London, in 2000.

1944: Cavan go down to a heavy defeat to Roscommon in the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals, losing by 5-8 to 1-3.

1988: Jack Nicklaus tied for 34th place in The International at Castle Pines, Colorado, and became the first man to take his career earnings above the five million US dollars mark on the US Tour.

2002: Australia captain Steve Waugh joined Kent for a month-long stint at the end of the County Championship season.

2004: Jonathan Woodgate joined Real Madrid from Newcastle for £13.4million.

2006: Pakistan left the field and later forfeited the match after being accused by umpire Darrell Hair of ball tampering during their Test with England at The Oval.

2008: Usain Bolt won gold in the 200 metres in a world record time of 19.30seconds to complete a sprint double at the Beijing Olympics.

2009: Bolt won the gold medal in the 200m at the World Championships in Berlin in a world record time of 19.19secs.

2012: Augusta National, home of the US Masters, announced its first two women members - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore.

2013: Hope Powell left her role as England women's senior team head coach, ending her 15-year period in charge.

2017: Mo Farah won the 3,000 metres at the Muller Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, his final appearance on a track in this country.

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Don King (boxing) - controversial promoter, born 1931.

Bernhard Russi (skiing) - Swiss former downhill Olympic champion, born 1948.

John Emburey (cricket) - former Middlesex and England spinner, born 1952.

Steve Stone (soccer) - former Nottingham Forest and England midfielder, and ex-first-team coach at Newcastle, born 1971.

Scott Quinnell (rugby union) - former Wales back-rower and captain, born 1972.

Bernard Mendy (soccer) - former Hull, Bolton and France defender, born 1981.

Yuri Zhirkov (soccer) - former Chelsea winger, now with Zenit St Petersburg, born 1983.

Alvaro Negredo (soccer) - Former Manchester City and Middlesbrough striker, now with Besiktas, born 1985.

Stephen Ward (soccer) - Burnley's Republic of Ireland utility player, born 1985.

Leigh Griffiths (soccer) - Celtic and Scotland striker, born 1990.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which club holds the record for most Premier League titles?

2. Who won the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix?

3. Crystal Palace signed Mamadou Sakho from which club?

4. In NHL, who are the current Stanley Cup champions?

5. Who Limerick’s top scorer in their victorious 1973 All-Ireland SHC campaign?
Answers below

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, August 20)

SOCCER: Premier League, Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Women's Under-20 World Cup semi-finals, England v Japan and France v Spain - Eurosport 1 1445/1815.

CRICKET: Day three of third Test, England v India - Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Cricket 1030.

TENNIS: WTA, Connecticut Open - BT Sport 2 1600/0000 (Tues).

SPEEDWAY: SGB Premiership, Somerset v Poole - BT Sport 1 1930.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21)

SOCCER: Championship, Swansea v Leeds - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Champions League qualifier, Benfica v PAOK - BT Sport 2 1930; BT Sport/ESPN 1945.

CRICKET: Day four of third Test, England v India - Sky Sports Main Event 1030/Sky Sports Cricket 1030; Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia Stars v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots - Sky Sports Cricket 2230/Sky Sports Main Event 2315.

TENNIS: WTA, Connecticut Open - BT Sport 1 1700/0000 (Weds).

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 0300 (Weds).

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

1. Manchester United (13); 2. Lewis Hamilton; 3. Liverpool; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Richie Bennis.

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