Monthly Archives: April 2012

British Hall of Fame 1901

  Marshall Brooks  (Athletics) – In 1876 he was the first man to high jump 6 feet. He improved this  world record mark to 6 feet 2 1/2 inches which remained a British record for 44 years. He also represented … Continue reading

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Sports History 1500-1599

16 th century – “Dartes” played in Ireland 16th century – Pignatelli’s acadamy of horsemanship in Naples founded early 16th century –  An ice-hockey type game,Kalv, is pictured in the Netherlands 1500 Karate developed by the people of Okinawa to … Continue reading

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World Golf Rankings

The Official Golf World Rankings Top 10 (week ending April 15th 2012) The player, country and ranking points total are given 1 Rory McIlroy NIrl 9.59 2 Luke Donald Eng 9.48 3 Lee Westwood Eng 8.27 4 Bubba Watson USA … Continue reading

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World Hall Of Fame 1900

The inaugural members of my mythical Hall of Fame for world sportsmen and sportswomen (for achievements up to the year 1900) are: Leonidas of Rhodes (Athletics) – won twelve running titles at the four Ancient Olympics between 164 and 152 … Continue reading

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World Cycling Championships 2012

The final major track cycling event before the Olympics was the world championships held in Melbourne. In many events this was a stronger competition than the Olympics will be due to the ill-considered decision to only allow one competitor from … Continue reading

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Sports History:1300-1499

1300 Rowing regattas were held in Venice 1308 A Real Tennis court was mentioned in the sale of a Paris hotel to King Philippe IV 1314 King Edward II issues a Royal proclamation banning football in London 1326 First authentic … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame:Introduction and Inaugural Members – Britain 1900

In the absence of an official sports Hall of Fame covering all sports (though many individual sports now have them) I decided to start my own unofficial one to recognise the achievements of the great sportsmen and sportswomen in history. … Continue reading

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