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


July Sports Trivia



1976

• Nadia Comaneci, a 14 year old mechanic's daughter from Onesti, a factory town in the mountains of Romania, was the star of the Montreal Olympics with a score of seven 10's.

• Edwin Moses burned the field in 47.64 seconds in the 400-meter hurdle event setting a world record and winning the gold.

• A backstroker-freestyler who revels in the nickname snake, John Naber won four golds and one silver.

• Scotland's David Wilkie deprived the US of a gold sweep allowing Britannia to rule the waves in the 200 breast stroke.

• Sweden's Bjorn Borg defeated Ilie Nastase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 at Wimbledon.

• Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3,4-6,8-6 at Wimbledon.

1986

• Superstar Diego Marcedona spurred Argentina to Victory over West Germany in the World Cup final in Mexico City.

• The A's rookie Jose Cansenco was leading the majors in RBIs while building a batting practice legend.

• After just eight days after the Len Bias tragedy, cocaine proved fatal to safety Don Rogers of the Browns.

• Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova defended their Wimbledon championships.

• Jackie Joyner was queen of the Goodwill Games with a stunning world record in heptathlon.

• Greg Norman won the British Open, which was his first major title.


1991

• Mike Tyson beat Razor Ruddok in a tough rematch of heavyweights that went the full 12 rounds.

• Meg Mallon won the LPGA Championship with a dramatic putt. She then went on to win the US Women's Open for her second major title in three weeks.

• Michael Stich burst out of obscurity and Steffi Graf broke out of her slump to win Wimbledon.

• Ian Baker-Finch got off to a flying start in the final round and went on to win the British Open.


1996

• Michael Johnson's blazing 200 was the highlight of the US track and field trials.

• Charles Austin was the top high jumper at the US track and field Olympic trials at 7 61/2".

• Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as baseball's next superstar.

• After a fortnight of rain and upsets Steffi Graf and Richard Krajicek won the singles trophies at Wimbledon.

• The Olympics opened in Atlanta with 11,000 competitors from 197 countries.



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