Monthly Archives: March 2012

Greatest Racehorses

Most wins in major National Hunt races: Champion Hurdle – The most prestigious hurdles race, run over 2 miles at Cheltenham (3 wins) Hatton’s Grace – 1949, 1950, 1951 Sir Ken – 1952, 1953, 1954 Persian War – 1968, 1969, … Continue reading

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Sports History:1000 to 1300

11th century The monk Eilmer is reported to have flown from the tower of Malmesbury Abbey, England from 60 feet up. the first known hang-glding 1050 Jeu de Paume, which became real tennis, originates in french monasteries 12th century The … Continue reading

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Rugby Union Rankings

The top ten nations according to the International Rugby Board with the previous ranking in brackets and ranking points.  (updated 19th March 2012) 1(1) NEW ZEALAND 91.43 2(2) AUSTRALIA 87.99 3(3) SOUTH AFRICA 84.34 4(4) ENGLAND 83.62 5(5) WALES 83.32 … Continue reading

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Sports History: 0 to 1000 AD

Some of the dates of important developments and happenings  in sport in the first millennium AD 1st Century – Romans introduce the game of marbles to Great Britain 2nd century – reference to ice-skating in early Scandinavian literature 140 – … Continue reading

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2012 British Honours Board

A list of some of the outstanding achievements by British sports men and women in 2012. Generally to make this list will require a victory in an Olympic, World or European Championship, or World Cup. However a performance that exceeds … Continue reading

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Football: FIFA International Team World Rankings

The governing body of world football FIFA try to evaluate the strength of the different nations by publishing regular ranking lists. The lists aren’t universally regarded as accurate with some fans doubting the position of certain nations but that’s the … Continue reading

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