June 16, 1985 - Willie Banks sets triple jump world record


Willie Banks set a world record for the triple jump with a leap of 17.97 m (58 feet 11.5 inches) at the national championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Banks’ record stood for 10 years until it was finally broken by Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain. Willie Banks is best known for introducing the rhythmic clapping of the audience to the track and field. It is a legacy that has continued on since June of 1981.

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May 31, 2008 - Usain Bolt established a 100 m world record with 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix

Pushed on by a tail wind of 1.7 m/s, Usain Bolt ran 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City, breaking Asafa Powell’s record of 9.74 s. The record time was even more remarkable in light of the fact that it was only his fifth senior run over the distance. Tyson Gay again finished second and said of Bolt “It looked like his knees were going past my face”. Commentators noted that Bolt appeared to have gained a psychological advantage over fellow  contender Gay.

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"The first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic Johnson did. I didn’t care about anything else.” - Larry Bird

Everything else was irreverent.

2014 NBA All Star Weekend: THREE POINT CONTEST


Who will win tonight’s Foot Locker Three Point contest?

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"Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature." - Kelly Slater

One with nature.

Jan. 1, 0404 - The last known Gladiator contest held in Rome

Saint Telemachus, a monk who, according to the Church historian Theodoret, tried to stop a gladiatorial fight in a Roman amphitheater, and was stoned to death by the crowd. The Christian Emperor Honorius, however, was impressed by the monk’s martyrdom and it spurred him to issue a historic ban on gladiatorial fights. The last known gladiatorial fight in Rome was on 1 January 404 AD, so this is usually given as the date of Telemachus’ martyrdom. Gladiatorial contests were first known to be outlawed by Constantine I in 325 AD, but they did continue through the mid 5th century.

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"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi‪

"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi

Aug. 3, 1984 - Mary Lou Retton won gold at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics

Retton was .050 of a point behind Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo, meaning she needed a 9.95 to tie or a perfect score to win. After sticking her dismount, Retton smiled from ear to ear because she knew that she had done it. Receiving her score of 10, Retton won the all-around competition and became the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal, the first to win a gold medal and the first to win the all-around. Retton won the most medals (five) of any athlete in the 1984 Olympics.

"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears." - ‪Bobby Jones

"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears." - Bobby Jones



Michael Jordan defends Magic Johnson, up close and personal.

"When God is with you, who can be against you?" - Ray Lewis



Photo: John W. McDonough/SI, Text: Colin Becht

Magic Johnson works against Michael Jordan during Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals. Jordan dropped 30 points and dished out 10 assists to secure his first NBA title.

Yesterday was the College dunk contest and Doug Anderson delivered a 360-Degree, Between-The-Legs Slam. Anderson won the competition, receiving perfect scores on all four of his dunks.

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