On this day, 11 August 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago today), two months after France won the European Championship for the first time, it captured Olympic gold for the first time with a 2-0 win over Brazil with goals from François Brisson and Daniel Xureb. The crowd of 101,799 pushed the average attendance at the Olympics to 44,426.
On this day 11 August 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago today) Carl Lewis duplicated Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat, winning his 4th Olympic gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100m relay team with world record time of 37.83.
At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Lewis was entered into four events with realistic prospects of winning each of them and thereby matching the achievement of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
Lewis started his quest to match Owens with a convincing win in the 100 m, running 9.99 s to defeat his nearest competitor, fellow American Sam Graddy, by 0.2 s.
In his next event, the long jump, Lewis won with relative ease. His behavior in winning this event stoked controversy, even as knowledgeable observers agreed that his tactics were correct.
Since Lewis still had heats and finals in the 200 m and the 4 × 100 m relay to compete in, he chose to take as few jumps as necessary to win the event. He risked injury in the cool conditions of the day if he over-extended himself, and his ultimate goal to win four golds might be at risk.
He knew that his first jump at 8.54 m (28 ft 0 in) was sufficient to win the event. He fouled on his next jump and then passed on his remaining four allotted jumps. Lewis easily won gold, and Gary Honey of Australia settled for the silver medal with a jump of 8.24 m (27 ft 1⁄4 in).
The public was generally unaware of the intricacies of the sport and had been repeatedly told by the media of Lewis’s quest to surpass Bob Beamon’s legendary long jump record of 8.90 m (29 ft 2 1⁄4 in).
Lewis himself had often stated it was a goal of his to surpass the mark. A television advertisement with Beamon appeared before the final, featuring the record-holder saying, “I hope you make it, kid.” So, when Lewis decided not to make any more attempts to try to break the record, he was loudly booed. When asked about those boos, Lewis said, “I was shocked at first. But after I thought about it, I realized that they were booing because they wanted to see more of Carl Lewis. I guess that’s flattering.”
His third gold medal came in the 200 m, where he won with a time of 19.80 s, a new Olympic record and the third fastest time in history. Finally, he won his fourth gold in the 4 × 100 m relay 35 years ago today when he anchored the final leg of the race; he broke the tape with a time of 37.83 s, setting a new world record.
On this day 11 August 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago today) There was a British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging team mate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title.
On this day 11 August 1984 (Exactly 35 years ago today) Future 4-weight world boxing champion Parnell Whitaker won the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, beating Lewis Ortiz of Puerto Rico to obtain it.
On this day 11 August 2008 (Exactly 11 years ago today) Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeated 1st leg of his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 100m in world record 58.91; goes on to win 200m event.
On this day 11 August 2008(Exactly 11 years ago today) The US 4 x 100m freestyle replay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones & Jason Lezak beat France by 8 seconds to win gold and smash world record at the Beijing Olympics.
On this day 11 August 2008 (Exactly 11 years ago today) Abhinav Bindra won men’s 10m air rifle at the Beijing Olympics, the first ever individual Olympic gold medal for India, and India’s first gold medal in any Olympic event since 1980.
On this day 11 August 2012 (Exactly 7 years ago today) Two goals from Oribe Parelta, including one in the first minute, helped Mexico pull off a 2-1 win over Brazil to win gold in the men’s Olympics football final.
Hulk pulled an injury – time goal back for Brazil, who had not won Olympic gold in men’s football, but Mexico held on for the win.
On this day 11 August 2013 (Exactly 6 years ago today) Usain Bolt regained his 100m world title and won a fourth individual world championships gold.
The then 26 – year old Jamaican made amends for his false start in Daegu 2011 and further cemented his status as greatest sprinter in history.
For once Usain Bolt had no need to call down the thunder from the sky. Just before the start of the men’s 100m final, a thunderstorm brought the special effects in for him.
Indeed, at the start, Bolt mimed holding up an umbrella as the rain tumbled down. It was just pantomime – as it turned out, Usain Bolt needed no protection, not from the weather, not from anyone else as he raced to his second World Championships gold medal at 100m.
Bolt ran down the wet Luzhniki Stadium track in 9.77 seconds. It was a Russian all-comers’ record, his season’s best but, more importantly, a metre better than anyone else could throw at him. Justin Gatlin took second place in 9.85 while Nesta Carter made it two medals for Jamaica by finishing third in 9.95
On this day 11 August 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago today) Fiji won the inaugural men’s rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
On this day 11 August 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago today) American super-swimmer Michael Phelps won men’s 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event.
STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH