The History of Sport 1931: The first Alpine World Ski Championships, Helen Wills-Moody wins her seventh US Open, Maria Mednyansky wins her fifth table tennis singles title


Some of the main events in sport in 1931

Inaugural FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are held at Mürren, Switzerland. The events are a downhill and a slalom race in both the men’s and women’s categories. The winners are:Men’s Downhill – Walter Prager (Switzerland)
Men’s Slalom – David Zogg (Switzerland)
Women’s Downhill – Esme Mackinnon (Great Britain)
Women’s Slalom – Esme Mackinnon

In Aussie Rules football Richmond beat South Melbourne’s 12 year record for the highest score when they score 30.19 (199) to North Melbourne’s 4.7 (31).

The baseball Negro National League disbands. St. Louis Stars win the last championship.

The first telecast of a sports event, a baseball game in Tokyo, is made.  The first sports event, The Derby, is televised in Britain by the Baird Co.

Shortly after the 1931 Five Nations Championship is completed, France is banned from the competition due to allegations of professionalism and administrative deficiencies.

The first cross-channel glider flight is made by Lissaint Beardmore in a Professor Sailplane.

Spud Manning pioneers sky-diving using the spreadeagle position.

Rangers win a fifth succesive Scottish League football title.

Arsenal win the English League with a record 66 points.

Sally Lunn (GB) sets a world record of 3 mins 4 2/5 seconds for the 1000m.

The first women’s international cross-country race is held at Douai, France.

The Green Bay Packers win their third straight NFL title.

Marjorie Barrett of England wins her fifth All-England singles badminton title.

Germany win the first two-man bobsleigh world championship.

Jack Thompson (US) wins the boxing world welterweight title for the third time.

The dimensions of the standard Rugby Fives court are approved.

Jack Page wins his tenth successive British figure skating title and with Ethel Muckett wins a ninth successive pairs title.

Clas Thunberg wins a record equalling fifth world overall speed skating title.

Arthur Fulton wins the King’s Prize for shooting at Bisley for the third time.

The British National Trophy knock-out competition at speedway is held for the first time.

Helen Wills-Moody wins her seventh US Open tennis singles title.

Britain’s Shepherd-Barron and Mudford win the women’s doubles title at Wimbledon.

Hungary win their fifth successive Swaythling Cup world team title at table tennis.  Maria Mednyansky (Hungary) wins her fifth consecutive women’s singles title.

The international archery federation (FITA) is founded and the world championships are first held.

At cricket Rubina Humphries takes 10-0 and scores all the runs for Dalton Ladies v Woodfield.


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