Britain’s Roger Bannister and Australia’s John Landy had both run the mile in under four minutes when they faced each other at the British Empire Games in August 1954 in Vancouver.
A huge man known for wearing a big yellow cap, he dominated Victorian-era cricket, scoring 54,896 runs, registering 126 centuries and taking 2,876 wickets. And he was a physician… William Gilbert Grace
Cricket legend Donald Bradman scored 6,996 runs in Test matches, including 29 centuries, for Australia.
Any game invented by a man who can kill himself with scissors is clearly not a game for sissies. But that’s what Thomas Wills did. He is credited with inventing australian-rules football.
In 1994, Brian Lara (Trinidad and Tobago) set the cricket innings record for a Test batsman, when he scored 375 in 12 hr. 48 min., playing for the West Indies against England.
In 1994 Steven Bradbury (Australia) barely qualified for the men’s 1,000 metres short track speed skating gold finals after several of his opponents fell … and he won a bizarre bronze when the same thing happened in the finals.
Gustav V played tennis pseudonymously as Mr G, and was even enshrined in its hall of fame in 1980.
Axel Paulsen, Norwegian speed skater has a figure skating move named for him, in which the skater starts facing forward, then begins rotating in the air from the left forward outside edge.
As of 2004, only four people have won medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics both. The only person to win in both in the same year was East Germany’s Christa Rothenburger-Luding (cycling and speed skating).
Dwarf tossing, an Australian sport was banned by the French Interior Minister in November 1991 because it was “an intolerable attack on human dignity”.