1980 in sports


1980 in sports

=Athletics=

:"For an extensive coverage see 1980 in athletics (track and field)"

World Records

*June 12 — Soviet Union's Nadezhda Olizarenko sets the world record in the women's 800 metres, clocking 1:54.85 during a meet in Moscow, Soviet Union
*July 27 — Nadezhda Olizarenko betters her own world record in the women's 800 metres at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, clocking 1:53.43.

Marathon

* April 26 — flagicon|NED Amsterdam Marathon, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Gerard Nijboer (NED) 2:09:01
**Women's Winner: Marja Wokke (NED) 2:40:15

* December 7 — flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Toshihiko Seko (JPN) 2:09:45

Auto Racing

*Stock car racing:
**NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt
**Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500
*CART Racing - Johnny Rutherford won the season championship
**Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford
*Formula One Champion - Alan Jones of Australia
*24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Jean Rondeau / Jean-Pierre Jaussaud won, driving a Rondeau M379B
*Rally racing - Walter Röhrl in a Fiat won the World Rally Championship
**The team of Walter Röhrl / Christian Geistdorfer won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Fiat 131 Abarth
*Drag racing - Shirley Muldowney won the NHRA Top Fuel championship.
*Touring car racing - Peter Brock and Jim Richards won their third consecutive Bathurst 1000, driving a Holden Torana

Baseball

* September 18: Outfielder Gary Ward become the sixth Minnesota Twins player to hit for the cycle. The Twins lose 9-8 to the Milwaukee Brewers, wasting Ward's effort. On May 26, 2004 his son, Daryle Ward, will repeat the feat guiding the Pirates' 11-8 victory over the Cardinals. Ward joined his father to become the first father-son combination in major league history to hit for the cycle.

* Rollie Fingers breaks Hoyt Wilhelm's major league record of 250 saves

* World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies of the National League end 97 years of frustration by defeating the American League champion Kansas City Royals.

* Japan's Sadaharu Oh retires from the Yomiuri Giants as the all time professional baseball home run king.

Basketball

*NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship:
**Louisville wins 59-54 over UCLA

*NBA Finals:
**Los Angeles Lakers won 4 games to 2 over the Philadelphia 76ers

*National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
**St. Kilda Saints defeated the West Adelaide Bearcats 113-88 in the final.

Boxing

*March 14 - 22 members of the United States Olympic boxing team died in a plane crash near Warsaw, Poland
*June 20- Roberto Duran defeats Sugar Ray Leonard by a 15 round decision to win boxing's WBC world Welterweight title.
*August 2- Thomas Hearns defeats Jose Pipino Cuevas by a knockout in round 2 to win boxing's WBA world Welterweight title and Yasutsune Uehara knocks out Samuel Serrano in round six to win the WBA's world Jr. Lightweight title in Detroit
*In Cincinnati, Aaron Pryor defeats Antonio Kid Pambele Cervantes by a knockout in round four to win the WBA's world Jr. Welterweight title.
*October 2- Larry Holmes defeats Muhammad Ali by a knockout in round eleven to retain boxing's WBC world Heavyweight title, in what would be Ali's last world title bout.
*November 25- In "The No Más Fight", in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sugar Ray Leonard recovers the WBC's world Welterweight championship with an eight round technical knockout of Roberto Duran.

Cycling

*Giro d'Italia won by Bernard Hinault of France
*Tour de France - Joop Zoetemelk of the Netherlands
*World Cycling Championship: Bernard Hinault of France

Field Hockey

* Men's Champions Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan
** Gold Medal: Pakistan
** Silver Medal: West Germany
** Bronze Medal: Australia

* Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Moscow, Soviet Union
** Gold Medal: India
** Silver Medal: Spain
** Bronze Medal: Soviet Union

* Olympic Games (Women's Competition) in Moscow, Soviet Union
** Gold Medal: Zimbabwe
** Silver Medal: Czechoslovakia
** Bronze Medal: Soviet Union

*March 8 - In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium, England. England beat Scotland 2-0.

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships:
**Men's champion: Jan Hoffmann, Germany
**Ladies' champion: Anett Pötzsch, Germany
**Pair skating champions: Marina Cherkasova & Sergei Shakhrai, Soviet Union
**Ice dancing champions: Krisztina Regöczy & Andras Sallay, Hungary

Football (American)

*Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers won 31-19 over the Los Angeles Rams

Football (Australian rules football)

* Victorian Football League
** Richmond wins the 84th VFL Premiership (Richmond 23.21 (159) d Collingwood 9.24 (78))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Kelvin Templeton (Footscray)

Football (Canadian)

* Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos win 48-10 over the Hamilton Tigercats
* Vanier Cup: Alberta Golden Bears win 40-21 over the Ottawa Gee-Gees

Football (Soccer)

::"For an extensive coverage see 1980 in football (soccer)"
*European Championship: West Germany 2-1 Belgium
*European Cup: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Hamburg
*UEFA Cup: 2 legs, Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt; Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 3-3 on aggregate, Frankfurt win on away goals
*Cup Winners' Cup: Valencia 0-0 Arsenal (AET), Valencia won 5-4 on penalties
*England - FA Cup: West Ham United won 1-0 over ArsenalNewport County AFC win Welsh Cup for first time.

Gaelic Athletic Association

*Camogie
**All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Cork
**National Camogie League: Kilkenny

*Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Kerry 1-9 d. Roscommon 1-6
**National Football League: Cork 0-11 d. Kerry 0-10

*Ladies' Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Tipperary
**National Football League: Kerry

*Hurling
**All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Galway 2-15 d. Limerick 3-9
**National Hurling League:

Golf

Men's professional
*January - the Senior PGA Tour (now called Champions Tour) is founded.
*April 10-13 - Masters Tournament - Seve Ballesteros
*June 12-15 - U.S. Open - Jack Nicklaus
*July 17-20 - British Open - Tom Watson
*August 7-10 - PGA Championship - Jack Nicklaus
*PGA Tour money leader - Tom Watson - $530,808
*Senior PGA Tour - money leader - Don January - $44,100Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Duncan Evans
*U.S. Amateur - Hal SuttonWomen's professional
*LPGA Championship - Sally Little
*July 10-13 - U.S. Women's Open - Amy Alcott
*Classique Peter Jackson Classic - Pat Bradley
*LPGA Tour money leader - Beth Daniel - $231,000

Horse racing

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Beldale Ball
*Canada - Queen's Plate - Driving Home
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Detroit
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Tyrnavos

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - Known Fact
*#Epsom Derby - Henbit
*#St. Leger Stakes - Light Cavalry

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 3 - Kentucky Derby - Genuine Risk
*#Preakness Stakes - Codex
*#Belmont Stakes - Temperance Hill

Harness Racing

*Superhorse, Niatross wins the United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
*#Cane Pace - Niatross
*#Little Brown Jug - Niatross
*#Messenger Stakes - Niatross

*United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
*#Hambletonian - Burgomeister
*#Yonkers Trot
*#Kentucky Futurity

*Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
**Pacers: Koala King
**Trotters: Hano Direct

Ice Hockey

See 1980 in ice hockey

Radiosport

*First Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships held in Cetniewo, Poland.

kiing

*Alpine Skiing
**The men's overall season champion: Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein
**The women's overall season champion: Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein

January 12 - Canada’s Ken Read, the leader of the "Crazy Canucks" ski team, wins the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, becoming the first North American to ever win the classic race.

nooker

*World Snooker Championship: Cliff Thorburn beats Alex Higgins 18-16, becoming the first non-UK player to win the title
*World rankings: Ray Reardon remains world number one for 1980/81

wimming

Events

*XXII Olympic Games, held in Moscow, Soviet Union (July 20 – July 27)

Records

* February 2 — USA's Chris Cavanaugh sets a world record in the 50m freestyle (long course) at a swimming meet in Amersfoort, Netherlands, shaving off 0.04 of the previous record (23.70) set by Germany's Klaus Steinbach nearly a year ago: 23.66.

* April 10 — Chris Cavanaugh betters his own world record in the 50m freestyle (long course) at a swimming meet in Austin, Texas (USA): 23.12. At the same event (and on the same day), two other swimmers from the United States, Rowdy Gaines and Bruce Stahl, go under his time, clocking 22.96 and 22.83 respectively.

* August 15 — USA's Joe Bottom betters the world record in the 50m freestyle (long course) at a meet in Honolulu, Hawaii, shaving off 0.12 of the previous record (22.83) set by Bruce Stahl four months earlier: 22.71.

Tennis

*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open - Brian Teacher
*#French Open - Björn Borg
*#Wimbledon championships - Björn Borg
*#US Open - John McEnroe

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open - Hana Mandlikova
*#French Open - Chris Evert
*#Wimbledon championships - Evonne Goolagong Cawley
*#US Open - Chris Evert

*Davis Cup World tennis - Czechoslovakia defeated Italy 4-1.

Yacht racing

*The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as "Freedom" defeats challenger "Australia", of the Royal Perth Yacht Club, 4 races to 1

Water polo

Men's Competition

* Olympic Games in Moscow, Soviet Union
** Gold Medal: wp|URS
** Silver Medal: wp|YUG
** Bronze Medal: wp|HUN|1957

Women's Competition

* FINA World Cup in Breda, Netherlands
** Gold Medal: wpw|NED
** Silver Medal: wpw|USA
** Bronze Medal: wpw|CAN

General sporting events

*1980 Summer Olympics takes place in Moscow, USSR
**USSR wins the most medals (195), and the most gold medals (80).

*1980 Winter Olympics takes place in Lake Placid, United States
**GDR wins the most medals (23), and the USSR wins the most gold medals (10).

*Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
**Joe May won with lead dogs: "Wilbur" & "Cora Gray"

Awards

*ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: U.S. Olympic hockey team, Amateur Ice Hockey
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Chris Evert, Tennis

Births

January

* January 3 — Frauke Dirickx, Belgian volleyball player
* January 3 — Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey defenseman
* January 5 — Andréa Henriques, Brazilian water polo player
* January 9 — Iohana Cruz, Cuban diver
* January 11 — Mieke de Boer, Dutch darts player
* January 12 — Andriy Fedchuk, Ukrainian boxer
* January 12 — Akiko Morigami, Japanese female tennis player
* January 14 — Taeke Taekema, Dutch field hockey player
* January 17 — Natalia Soutiagina, Russian butterfly swimmer
* January 19 — Jenson Button, British Formula 1-driver
* January 19 — Matic Osovnikar, Slovenian track and field athlete
* January 22 — Amy Cotton, Canadian judoka
* January 24 — Yordanis Arencibia, Cuban judoka
* January 25 — Xavi Hernández, Spanish football (soccer) player
* January 25 — Fernando Jácome, Colombian freestyle swimmer
* January 25 — Christian Olsson, Swedish athlete
* January 27 — Sherzod Husanov, Uzbek boxer
* January 27 — Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
* January 27 — Jiří Welsch, Czech basketball player

February

* February 2 — Kyle Pontifex, New Zealand field hockey goalkeeper
* February 3 — Craig Victory, Australian field hockey player
* February 6 — James Gibson, British breaststroke swimmer
* February 8 — Miguel Angel Pichardo, Dominican Republic basketball player
* February 8 — Maja Simanić, Serbian volleyball player
* February 9 — Angelos Charisteas, Greek football (soccer) player
* February 10 — Gordon D'Arcy, Irish rugby player
* February 11 — Karin Ruckstuhl, Dutch athlete
* February 12 — Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
* February 13 — Tetyana Holovchenko, Ukrainian middle/long-distance runner
* February 14 — Michael Mayer, German volleyball player
* February 16 — Miguel Espino, American professional boxer
* February 19 — Spyridon Gianniotis, Greek freestyle swimmer
* February 19 — Ma Lin, Chinese table tennis player
* February 20 — Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby player
* February 20 — Bram Som, Dutch track and field athlete
* February 21 — Yannick Lupien, Canadian freestyle swimmer
* February 21 — Takayuki Matsumiya, Japanese long-distance runner
* February 22 — Erzsebet Viski, Hungarian canoer
* February 23 — Diego Avila, Argentine field hockey midfielder
* February 24 — Laurence Docherty, Dutch-Scottish field hockey player
* February 24 — Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
* February 26 — Alex Fong, Hong Kong swimmer and actor
* February 27 — Caroline Delas, French rower
* February 28 — Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch football (soccer) player

March

* March 1 — Shahid Afridi, Pakistani cricketer
* March 5 — Ágnes Primász, Hungarian water polo player
* March 6 — Emma Igelström, Swedish swimmer
* March 9 — Sofia Konoukh, Russian water polo player
* March 12 — California Molefe, Botswanan athlete
* March 12 — Andrey Zhekov, Bulgarian volleyball player
* March 13 — Erin Gammel, Canadian backstroke swimmer
* March 15 — Deidra Graham, American gymnast
* March 15 — Josefin Lillhage, Swedish swimmer
* March 18 — Alexei Yagudin, Russian figure skater
* March 21 — Ronaldinho, Brazilian football (soccer) player
* March 23 — Erika Coimbra, Brazilian volleyball player
* March 25 — Eduardo Fischer, Brazilian breaststroke swimmer
* March 26 — Sérgio Paulinho, Portuguese road bicycle racer
* March 27 — Toni Cronk, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
* March 29 — Alexei Manziola, Russian-born swimmer from Israel
* March 30 — Liriel Higa, American rhythmic gymnast
* March 31 — Jenny Smith, Australian gymnast

April

* April 1 — Maartje Scheepstra, Dutch field hockey player
* April 2 — Suriya Prasathinphimai, Thai boxer
* April 4 — Bekzat Sattarkhanov, Kazakhstani boxer
* April 4 — Mark Tuitert, Dutch speed skater
* April 5 — Odlanier Solis, Cuban boxer
* April 6 — Tanja Poutiainen, Finnish alpine skier
* April 7 — Alice Blom, Dutch volleyball player
* April 9 — Kristin Lee, American rhythmic gymnast
* April 10 — Andy Ram, Israeli tennis player
* April 12 — Martin Lebl, Czech volleyball player
* April 12 — Terence Parkin, South African swimmer
* April 13 — Boštjan Buč, Slovenian track and field athlete
* April 14 — Rita Drávucz, Hungarian water polo player
* April 15 — Fanny Rinne, German field hockey midfielder
* April 18 — Michael Lee, Canadian field hockey player
* April 22 — Monica Flammer, American gymnast
* April 25 — Phillip Burrows, New Zealand field hockey player
* April 25 — Dana Laframboise, Canadian lightweight boxer

May

* May 6 — Brooke Bennett, American swimmer
* May 6 — Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast
* May 6 — Mario Stojic, Croatian basketball player
* May 7 — Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
* May 8 — Steven Ferguson, New Zealand swimmer and canoer
* May 9 — Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
* May 9 — Anu Koivisto, Finnish backstroke swimmer
* May 9 — Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater
* May 10 — Kate Walsh, English field hockey player
* May 10 — Anatoly Polyakov, Russian butterfly swimmer
* May 11 — Chad Vaughn, American weightlifter
* May 12 — Christian Minotti, Italian freestyle swimmer
* May 14 — Joe van Niekerk, South African rugby player
* May 14 — Eugène Martineau, Dutch athlete
* May 15 — Yvonne Hijgenaar, Dutch cyclist
* May 16 — Artem Knyazev, Uzbekistani pairs skater
* May 16 — Nuria Llagostera Vives, Spanish tennis player
* May 18 — Michael Llodra, French tennis player
* May 18 — Sam Rukundo, Ugandan boxer
* May 21 — Mayla Siracusa, Brazilian water polo player
* May 23 — Sarah Catherwood, New Zealand swimmer
* May 27 — Jessica Deglau, Canadian swimmer
* May 28 — Mickael Bourgain, French track cyclist
* May 28 — Adam Whitehead, English breaststroke swimmer
* May 31 — Edith Bosch, Dutch judoka

June

* June 1 — Aghasi Mammadov, Azerbaijani boxer
* June 2 — Sylvain Cros, French freestyle swimmer
* June 2 — Shingo Suetsugu, Japanese track and field athlete
* June 4 — Thor Kristensen, Danish rower
* June 7 — Ed Moses, American swimmer
* June 9 — Danieska Carrión, Cuban judoka
* June 9 — Anthony Geslin, French cyclist
* June 9 — Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
* June 12 — Maria Bruntseva, Russian volleyball player
* June 13 — Viviane Costa, Brazilian water polo player
* June 13 — Carlos Jayme, Brazilian freestyle swimmer
* June 13 — Maja Matevžič, Slovenian tennis player
* June 15 — Benjamin Varonian, French gymnast
* June 16 — Thijs Al, Dutch mountain biker
* June 17 — Brittney McConn, American figure skater
* June 17 — Andee Pickens, American gymnast
* June 17 — Venus Williams, American tennis player
* June 19 — Sanjay Ayre, Jamaican athlete
* June 23 — Manus Boonjumnong, Thai boxer
* June 23 — Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
* June 29 — Monique Ferreira, Brazilian freestyle swimmer
* June 30 — Nourdin Boukhari, Moroccan-born football (soccer) player from Holland
* June 30 — Fabian Wegmann, German cyclist

July

* July 1 — Matthijs Brouwer, Dutch field hockey player
* July 2 — Baffour Gyan, Ghanaian football (soccer) player
* July 3 — Roland Schoeman, South African swimmer
* July 3 — Birgit Thumm, German volleyball player
* July 6 — Pau Gasol, Catalan basketball (NBA) player
* July 7 — Michelle Kwan, American figure skater
* July 8 — Robbie Keane, Irish football player
* July 10 — Adam Petty, fourth-generation NASCAR driver (d. 2000)
* July 14 — Ivanas Stapovičius, Lithuanian boxer
* July 16 — Lindsey Berg, American volleyball player
* July 16 — Travis Brooks, Australian field hockey player
* July 16 — Matthew Peck, Canadian field hockey goalkeeper
* July 17 — Rashid Ramzi, Moroccan-born athlete
* July 19 — Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
* July 20 — Ivan Mladina, Croatian freestyle swimmer
* July 21 — Tom Soetaers, Belgian football player
* July 22 — Dirk Kuijt, Dutch football player
* July 23 — Javier Noriega, Spanish swimmer
* July 24 — Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle distance runner
* July 27 — Allan Davis, Australian road cyclist
* July 29 — Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
* July 29 — Carlos Tejeda, Venezuelan volleyball player

August

* August 1 — Grant Schubert, Australian field hockey player
* August 1 — Jeroen Trommel, Dutch volleyball player
* August 8 — Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player
* August 12 — Blair Hopping, New Zealand field hockey player
* August 13 — Justus Scharowsky, German field hockey player
* August 14 — Prabjoth Singh, Indian field hockey forward
* August 16 — Julien Absalon, French mountain biker
* August 29 — Perdita Felicien, Canadian track and field athlete
* August 29 — Corina Ungureanu, Romanian gymnast
* August 30 — Michael Boyce, Australian field hockey player
* August 31 — Fernanda Lissoni, Brazilian water polo player
* August 31 — Hayden Shaw, New Zealand field hockey player

eptember

* September 1 — Ryan Archibald, New Zealand field hockey player
* September 1 — Toshiaki Fukuda, Japanese field hockey player
* September 1 — Dawn Holden, English cricketer
* September 2 — Simone Kuhn, Swiss beach volleyball player
* September 4 — Daniele Bennati, Italian road racing cyclist
* September 6 — Samuel Peter, Nigerian heavyweight boxer
* September 8 — Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, South African middle distance runner
* September 10 — Timothy Goebel, American figure skater
* September 10 — Tahar Tamsamani, Moroccan boxer
* September 12 — Yao Ming, Chinese NBA player
* September 13 — Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player
* September 13 — Viren Rasquinha, Indian field hockey player
* September 13 — Juana Saviñon, Dominican Republic volleyball player
* September 14 — Luis Horna, Peruvian tennis player
* September 18 — Wendy Alcorn, Australian field hockey player
* September 19 — Dimitri Yachvili, French rugby union player
* September 20 — Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
* September 26 — Igor Omrčen, Croatian volleyball player
* September 27 — Carlos Luis Campos, Venezuelan boxer
* September 28 — Maurice Smith, Jamaican decathlete
* September 29 — Răzvan Florea, Romanian swimmer
* September 30 — Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player
* September 30 — Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz, Cuban boxer

October

* October 2 — Amy Tran, American field hockey goalkeeper
* October 3 — Sarah Collyer, English cricketer
* October 3 — Mariana Roriz, Brazilian water polo player
* October 3 — Diego Fernando Salazar, Colombian weightlifter
* October 4 — Andrea Tóth, Hungarian water polo player
* October 6 — Michelle Guerette, American rower
* October 7 — Andrey Kapralov, Russian swimmer
* October 7 — Olesya Zykina, Russian track and field athlete
* October 8 — Kasper Bøgelund, Danish football (soccer) player
* October 10 — Camilo Becerra, Colombian freestyle swimmer
* October 10 — Megan Rivers, Australian field hockey player
* October 13 — Scott Parker, English football player
* October 15 — Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
* October 16 — Dragoş Coman, Romanian freestyle swimmer
* October 19 — Anna-Karin Kammerling, Swedish swimmer
* October 20 — Denise Durajski, Australian field hockey player
* October 21 — Mike Danton, Canadian ice hockey player
* October 21 — Mari Piuva, Finnish archer
* October 25 — Ditte Jensen, Danish freestyle swimmer
* October 25 — Alex Fábregas, Spanish field hockey player
* October 26 — Christian Chivu, Romanian football (soccer) player
* October 26 — Rudymar Fleming, Venezuelan judoka
* October 28 — Alfonso Gomez, Mexican boxer
* October 31 — Geert-Jan Derikx, Dutch field hockey player

November

* November 7 — Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast
* November 7 — Chaïne Staelens, Belgian-Dutch volleyball player
* November 8 — Yoav Gath, Israeli backstroke swimmer
* November 9 — Dominique Maltais, Canadian snowboarder
* November 12 — Devesh Chauhan, Indian field hockey goalkeeper
* November 14 — Randall Bal, American backstroke swimmer
* November 21 — Danielle Hartsell, American pairs skater
* November 25 — Cameron Delaney, Australian backstroke swimmer
* November 26 — Peter Manfredo, American boxer
* November 27 — Hugo Garay, Argentine boxer

December

* December 2 — Nathan Eglington, Australian field hockey player
* December 4 — Hicham Mesbahi, Moroccan boxer
* December 4 — Sergio Mora, American boxer
* December 5 — Gülden Kayalar, Turkish volleyball player
* December 6 — Carlos Takam, Cameroonian heavyweight boxer
* December 9 — Gagan Ajit Singh, Indian field hockey striker
* December 17 — Arjun Halappa, Indian field hockey striker
* December 18 — Marian Drăgulescu, Romanian gymnast
* December 20 — Sebastian Halgasch, German backstroke swimmer
* December 22 — Juliana Veloso, Brazilian diver
* December 28 — Lomana LuaLua, Congolese football (soccer) player
* December 28 — Deepak Thakur, Indian field hockey forward
* December 29 — Andrea Lenders, Dutch gymnast
* December 29 — Patapol Ngernsrisuk, Thai badminton player
* December 31 — Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player

Deaths

January

* January 1 — Frank Wykoff (70), American track and field athlete sprinter
* January 7 – Eddie Scarf (71), Australian boxer and wrestler (b. 1908)
* January 12 — Hans Ebeling, Australian cricketer
* January 25 — Peter Haughton, harness racing driver

February

* February 1 — Gastone Nencini (49), Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
* February 11 — Paavo Yrjölä (77), Finnish athlete (b. 1902)
* February 28 — Ian Peebles, English cricketer

March

* March 18 — Herman Griffith, West Indian cricketer
* March 21 — Marcel Boussac, French horse racing tycoon
* March 31 — Jesse Owens, American athlete

April

* April 2 — Dick Howorth, English cricketer

May

* May 2 — Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricketer

June

* June 1 — Richard Marquard (90), US baseball pitcher
* June 10 — Denys Morkel, South African cricketer

July

* July 18 — Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer

August

* August 2 — Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricketer
* August 6 — Charles Urbanus (66), Dutch baseball player
* August 21 — Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer

eptember

* September 8 — Bruce Dooland, English cricketer
* September 24 — Jack Murphy, American sportswriter

October

* October 10 — Walter Keeton, English cricketer
* October 25 — Victor Galindez, light heavyweight world champion boxing

November

* November 11 — Harry Larva (74), Finnish athlete (b. 1906)

December

* December 4 — Stanisława Walasiewicz or Stella Walsh (69), Polish-American athlete (b. 1911)
* December 5 — Don Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
* December 28 — Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricketer
* December 31 — Arthur Wellard, English cricketer


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