Sunday, August 16, 2020


On this day

1981 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)

1981 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher broke her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR

2004 Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won the men's 200m freestyle in Olympic record 1:44.71, giving him the 200/400m freestyle double at the Athens Olympics

2008 Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set new world record of 9.69 seconds to win the coveted 100m gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

2008 British swimmer Rebecca Adlington wrapped up the 400/800m freestyle double at the Beijing Olympics with a world record 8:14.10 in the 800

2008 Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe swam a world record 2:05.24 to beat American Margaret Hoelzer by 1.01 and win the 200m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics

2008 South Korean weightlifter Jang Mi-Ran won the women's unlimited (+75 kg) division at the Beijing Olympics by breaking world records 5 times: once in snatch, twice in clean-and-jerk, and twice in total

2009 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edged American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

2016 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze set a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

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