On this day 23 October 1964 (Exactly 55 years ago today) Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dominated German Hans Huber for an easy points win and the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Tokyo.
On this day 23 October 1964 (Exactly 55 years ago today) Hungary beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win the men’s football gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Vladimir Weiss (OG) 47
Ferenc Bene 59
Jan Brumovsky (80)
With 15 goals, Ferenc Bene of Hungary was top scorer of the tournament. In total, 123 goals were scored by 56 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal (Vladimir Weiss, playing for against Hungary in the final)
NB: The Men’s Olympic Football tournament returns to Japan next year after 56 years.
Japan has a great footballing tradition, having hosted several major international tournaments in the past, including the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament and multiple FIFA Club World Cups.
On this day 23 October 1999 (Exactly 20 years ago today) Nwankwo Kanu hit a late hat-trick as Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
It was a fiercely – fought London derby which Chelsea appeared to have sewn up with half and hour to go thanks to headers from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu.
But then Chelsea collapsed when a furious Arsenal comeback – keeper Ed De Goey, who had not conceded a Premiership goal at Stamford Bridge until this match, let in three second half goals.
Kanu rattled in goals in the 75th, 83rd and 90th minutes to seal victory.
Chelsea: De Goey, Ferrer, Desailly, Leboeuf, Babayaro, Petrescu, Wise, Deschamps, Le Saux, Sutton, Flo
Subs: Hogh, Poyet, Morris, Cuducini, Zola
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Keown, Adams, Silvinho, Parlour, Ljunberg, Petit, Overmars, Kanu, Suker
Subs: Vivas, Manninger, Henry, Upson, Vernazza
Referee: A. Wikkie (Chester Le Street)
On this day 23 October 1973 (Exactly 4l6 years ago today) 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retained her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida aftter beating Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH