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What Were the Sports Highlights
in August 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?


August Sports Trivia



1976

• Fifty nine year old Joe O'Brien fought off the pain from a spill in an earlier race to win $124,141 Adios with Armbro Ranger beating out Stanley Dancer.

• Jonty Skinner of South Africa set a world record winning the 100-meter freestyle in the AAU outdoor swimming championship at 49.44. He had been banned from the Montreal Olympics because of South Africa's apartheid policy.

• After slipping in the rain at the Montreal Olympics, Dwight Stones raised his own world recordin the high jump bar to 7' 7 1/4" in Philadelphia's Frankling Field at the Bicentennial Meet of Champions.

• Bruce Jenner of the US won the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics with a world record performance.

• Reggie Jackson was one of 30 players who, if they remained unsigned, would be eligible for the unprecedented free-agent draft to be held in November. In preparation, front office men in both leagues were studying the technicalities trying to determine if it was the best hope for a failing franchise or a system that had gone mad.

1986

• Greg LeMond became the tough Tour de France's first American winner.

• Heavyweight sensation Mike Tyson needed only 30 seconds to knock out Marvis Frazier.

• Jackie Joyner set her second world hepthalon record in four weeks during the US Olympic Festival in Houston.

• Bob Tway erased Greg Norman's four-stroke lead and then sank a miracle bunker shot on the last hole to win the PGA.

1991

• Jack Nicklaus sank Chi Chi Rodriguez in the US Senior Open.

• Colts Eric Dickerson graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

• The 11th Pan American Games began in Havana, Cuba.

• John Daly won the PGA with an awesome demonstration of power.

• After 4 years without a winning month the Atlanta Braves were contenders in the National League West.

• The Toronto Blue Jays remained on top of the American League East by winning two out of three in Detroit.

• Cuba powered its way to a gold medal in baseball at the Pan American Games.


1996

• The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the Atlanta Games was identified as a stunt gone wrong.

• Tom Dolan beat Eric Namesnik by .35 of a second in the duel in the pool in the 400 individual medley with Dolan winning the first US gold medal in Atlanta.

• By hoisting a world-record 413 pounds in the clane and jerk, Turkey's Naim Suleymanoglu beat Greece's Valerios Leonidis to win the gold.

• A brave performance by an injured Kerri Strug gave her a score of 9.17. The coach of the US women's team, Karolyi, believed the team needed her marks to win the gold medal, which is why she performed injured. As it turned out they would have won anyway without her score.

• China's Li Niaoshuang rose to the occassion on the horizontal bar to win the gold.



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