1994 in sports


1994 in sports

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Athletics

:"For an extensive coverage see 1994 in athletics (track and field)"

Track

* February 20 — In Boston, Massachusetts, Ireland's 41-year-old Eamonn Coghlan becomes the first man over the age of forty to run a sub-four minute mile when he clocked 3min.58.15sec.

Marathon

* June 5 — flagicon|NED Enschede Marathon, Netherlands
** Men's Winner: Piotr Poblocki (POL) 2:13:01

* August 7 — flagicon|FIN European Championships Marathon, Helsinki, Finland
** Women's Winner: Manuela Machado (POR) 2:29:54

* August 14 — flagicon|FIN European Championships Marathon, Helsinki, Finland
** Men's Winner: Martin Fiz (ESP) 2:10:31

* August 28 — flagicon|CAN Commonwealth Games Marathon, Victoria, Canada
** Men's Winner: Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 2:11:49
** Women's Winner: Carole Rouillard (CAN) 2:30:41

* October 9 — flagicon|JPN Asian Games Marathon, Hiroshima, Japan
** Men's Winner: Hwang Yeong-Jo (KOR) 2:11:13
** Women's Winner: Huan-di Zhong (CHN) 2:29:32

* December 4 — flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
** Men's Winner: Boay Akonay (TAN) 2:09:45

Auto Racing

* Stock car racing:
** Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500
** Jeff Gordon wins the Coca Cola 600
** Jeff Gordon wins the first Brickyard 400
** NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt
* CART Racing - season championship won by Al Unser, Jr.
** Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr.
* Formula One - Michael Schumacher wins the Drivers' Championship.
** The season is marred when, during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix, Roland Ratzenberger crashes at the Villeneuve corner and dies from his injuries. The race goes ahead and Ayrton Senna is killed in a crash at the Tamburello corner.
* 24 hours of Le Mans: Yannick Dalmas / Hurley Haywood / Mauro Baldi won, driving a Porsche 962LM
* Rally racing - Didier Auriol won the World Rally Championship
** the team of Francois Delecour / Daniel Grataloup won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Ford Escort RS Cosworth
* Drag racing - Scott Kalitta won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.

Baseball

* January 12: Steve Carlton, winner of 329 games and four Cy Young Awards, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

* June 22: OF Ken Griffey, Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-3 win over the Angels by stroking his 31st home run of the season. In doing so, Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth's record for most home runs before the end of June.

* September 14: A labor strike by Major League Baseball players results in the premature termination of the season, and the cancellation of the World Series for the first time since 1904. The Montreal Expos were the league-leading team up to the strike, with a 74-40 record.

* Mets pitcher John Franco breaks Dave Righetti's major league record for left-handers of 252 career saves.

* The Richmond Braves win the International League championship.

* The Albuquerque Dukes win the Pacific Coast League championship.

* The Indianapolis Indians win the American Association championship.

* The Winnipeg Goldeyes win the Northern League championship.

* The Yomiuri Giants win the Japan Series, and in the view of the baseball media, are World Champions.

Boxing

*January 29 - Frankie Randall causes Julio César Chávez his first defeat in 91 professional bouts, winning the WBC world Jr. Welterweight title in the process, by a split decision in 12 rounds.
* November 5 - Forty-five year old George Foreman becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of a Las Vegas, Nevada fight.

Cycling

*Giro d'Italia won by Eugeni Berzin of Russia
*Tour de France - Miguel Indurain of Spain
*World Cycling Championship: Luc Leblanc of France
* Djamolidine Abdoujaparov becomes the first cyclist (and only "as of 2007") to win the points classification at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in the same year.

Dogsled racing

*Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
**Martin Buser wins with lead dogs: "D2" & "Dave"

Field Hockey

World Competitions

* Men's Champions Trophy in Lahore, Pakistan
** Gold Medal: Pakistan
** Silver Medal: Germany
** Bronze Medal: The Netherlands

* Men's World Cup in Sydney, Australia
** Gold Medal: Pakistan
** Silver Medal: The Netherlands
** Bronze Medal: Australia

* Women's World Cup in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
** Gold Medal: Australia
** Silver Medal: Argentina
** Bronze Medal: United States

Regional Competitions

* Asian Games (Men's Competition) in Hiroshima, Japan
** Gold Medal: South Korea
** Silver Medal: India
** Bronze Medal: Pakistan

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships:
**Men's champion: Elvis Stojko, Canada
**Ladies' champion: Yuka Sato, Japan
**Pairs' champions: Evgenia Shishkova and Vadim Naumov, Russia
**Ice dancing champions: Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov, Russia

Football (American)

*Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys won 30-13 over the Buffalo Bills
*October 23 - In a game where the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 37-34 Robert Bailey of the Rams sets the NFL record for longest punt return (103 yards) and Tyrone Hughes of the Saints sets the NFL single game record for kickoff return yards (304) and most return yards (347) and ties the single game record for kickoff returns returned for touchdown (2).
*November 13 - Drew Bledsoe sets NFL single game records for pass attempts (70) and pass completions (45) helping New England Patriots beat Minnesota Vikings 26-20.

Football (Australian rules football)

* Australian Football League
** The West Coast Eagles win the 98th AFL premiership (West Coast Eagles 20.23 (143) d Geelong 8.15 (63))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Greg Williams (Carlton)in 1994

Football (Canadian)

* Grey Cup: B.C. Lions win 26-23 over the Baltimore Stallions
* Vanier Cup: Western Ontario Mustangs win 50-40 over the Saskatchewan Huskies

Football (rugby league)

It was the final year rugby league in Australia had its national competition run by the New South Wales Rugby League. For 1995 it was to be titled the Australian Rugby League. It was also the end of a magnificent Winfield Cup trophy which was regarded as a symbol of the game's most successful era. Cast in bronze by Alan Ingham, it was the game's ultimate prize for the duration of the Winfield sponsorship from 1982-94.

*The 16 club teams for 1994 were:

Balmain Tigers,

Brisbane Broncos,

Canberra Raiders,

Canterbury Bulldogs,

Cronulla Sharks,

Gold Coast Seagulls,

Illawarra Steelers,

Manly Sea Eagles,

Newcastle Knights,

North Sydney Bears,

Parramatta Eels,

Penrith Panthers,

St. George Dragons,

South Sydney Rabbitohs,

Eastern Suburbs Roosters,

Western Suburbs Magpies.

*Canberra Raiders captain & rugby league legend Mal Meninga ends his club career on a winning note leading the Raiders to their third title winning 36-12 over Canterbury Bulldogs in the New South Wales Rugby League Grand Final. Meninga's playing career in 1994 finished with him leading the Kanagroos on a successful tour of Great Britain & France.

wins its record fourth world cup, defeating Italy on penalties in the final at Pasadena, California.

Football (soccer)

:"See 1994 in football (soccer)

Gaelic Athletic Association

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

*Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Down 1-12 d. Dublin 0-13
**National Football League: Meath 2-11 d. Armagh 0-8

*Ladies' Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Waterford
**National Football League: Monaghan

*Hurling
**All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Offaly 3-16 d. Limerick 2-13
**National Hurling League:

Golf

Men's professional
*April 10 - Masters Tournament - José María Olazábal
*June 20 - U.S. Open - Ernie Els
*July 17 - British Open - Nick Price
*August 14 - PGA Championship - Nick Price
*PGA Tour money leader - Nick Price - $1,499,927
*Senior PGA Tour money leader - Dave Stockton - $1,402,519Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Lee James
*U.S. Amateur - Tiger Woods becomes the youngest man ever to win the U.S. Amateur, at age 18.
*European Amateur - Stephen GallacherWomen's professional
*Nabisco Dinah Shore - Donna Andrews
*LPGA Championship - Laura Davies
*U.S. Women's Open - Patty Sheehan
*Classique du Maurier - Martha Nause
*LPGA Tour money leader - Laura Davies - $687,201
*The Solheim Cup was won by the United States team who beat the European team 13 to 7.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Jeune
*Canada - Queen's Plate - Basqueian
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Carnegie
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Balanchine

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - Mister Baileys
*#Epsom Derby - Erhaab
*#St. Leger Stakes - Moonax

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 7 - Kentucky Derby - Go for Gin
*#Preakness Stakes - Tabasco Cat
*#Belmont Stakes - Tabasco Cat

*Breeders' Cup:
*#Breeders' Cup Classic - Concern
*#Breeders' Cup Distaff - One Dreamer
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Timber Country
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Flanders
*#Breeders' Cup Mile - Barathea
*#Breeders' Cup Sprint - Cherokee Run
*#Breeders' Cup Turf - Tikkanen

Handball

Men's Competition

*European Championship in Portugal:* Gold Medal: hb|SWE:* Silver Medal: hb|RUS:* Bronze Medal: hb|CRO

Women's Competition

*European Championship in Germany:* Gold Medal: hbw|DEN:* Silver Medal: hbw|GER:* Bronze Medal: hbw|NOR

Harness Racing

*North America Cup - Cam's Card Shark

*United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
*#Cane Pace - Falcons Future
*#Little Brown Jug - Magical Mike
*#Messenger Stakes - Cam's Card Shark

*United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
*#Hambletonian - Victory Dream
*#Yonkers Trot -
*#Kentucky Futurity - Bullville Victory

*Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
**Pacers: Weona Warrior
**Trotters: Diamond Field

Ice Hockey

*June 14 - The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup for the 1993-1994 season 4 games to 3 over the Vancouver Canucks, ending a 54-year drought.

*October 1 - The NHL locked out its players and the regular season was put on hold for the next 3 1/2 months and the season began under a 48-game schedule through 1995.

*Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings

*Hart Memorial Trophy: for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Sergei Fedorov - Detroit Red Wings

*World Hockey Championship
** Men's champion: Canada defeated Finland
** Junior Men's champion: Canada defeated Sweden
** Women's champion: Canada defeated the United States

Lacrosse

* The 7th World Lacrosse Championship is held in Manchester, England. The United States win and Australia is the runner-up.
* The Philadelphia Wings beat the Buffalo Bandits 26-15 in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championship.
* The ­Six Nations Chiefs win the Mann Cup.
* The Orillia Rogers Kings win the Founders Cup.
* The New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Minto Cup.

Radiosport

*Seventh Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Södertälje, Sweden.

kiing

*Alpine Skiing
**The men's overall season champion: Kjetil André Aamodt, Norway
**The women's overall season champion: Vreni Schneider, Switzerland

nooker

*World Snooker Championship: Stephen Hendry beats Jimmy White 18-17
*World rankings: Stephen Hendry remains world number one for 1994/95

wimming

International Competitions

*Seventh FINA World Championships, held in Rome, Italy (September 1 – 11)
*Fourth European Sprint Championships, held in Stavanger, Norway (December 3 – 4)
**Germany wins the most medals (13), and the most gold medals (7)

Records

* March 13 — Alexander Popov breaks the world record in the men's 50m freestyle (short course) in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, clocking 21.50.

Tennis

*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open - Pete Sampras
*#French Open - Sergi Bruguera
*#Wimbledon championships - Pete Sampras
*#US Open - Andre Agassi

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open - Steffi Graf
*#French Open - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
*#Wimbledon championships - Conchita Martinez
*#US Open - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

*Davis Cup: Sweden won 4-1 over Russia in world tennis.

Volleyball

Men's Competition

* FIVB World League – Final Round in Milan, Italy
** Gold Medal: vb|ITA
** Silver Medal: vb|CUB
** Bronze Medal: vb|BRA
* FIVB World Championship in Athens and Saloniki, Greece
** Gold Medal: vb|ITA
** Silver Medal: vb|NED
** Bronze Medal: vb|USA
* European Beach Volleyball Championships in Almería, Spain
** Gold Medal: flagathlete|Jan Kvalheim and Bjørn Maaseide|NOR
** Silver Medal: flagathlete|Santi Aguilera and Javier Bosma|ESP
** Bronze Medal: flagathlete|Jörg Ahmann and Axel Hager|GER

Women's Competition

* FIVB World Grand Prix – Final Round in Shanghai, China
** Gold Medal: vbw|BRA
** Silver Medal: vbw|CUB
** Bronze Medal: vbw|CHN
** FIVB World Championship in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Brazil
** Gold Medal: vbw|CUB
** Silver Medal: vbw|BRA
** Bronze Medal: vbw|RUS
* European Beach Volleyball Championships in Almería, Spain
** Gold Medal: flagathlete|Beate Bühler and Danja Müsch|GER
** Silver Medal: flagathlete|Martina Hudcová and Dolores Storková|CZE
** Bronze Medal: flagathlete|Cristiana Parenzan and Lucilla Perrotta|ITA

Water Polo

Men's Competition

* Men's World Championship in Rome, Italy
** Gold Medal: wp|ITA
** Silver Medal: wp|ESP
** Bronze Medal: wp|RUS

Women's Competition

* Women's World Championship in Rome, Italy
** Gold Medal: wpw|HUN
** Silver Medal: wpw|NED
** Bronze Medal: wpw|ITA

Pro Wrestling

* Bret Hart pinned Yokozuna to become the World Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion at WrestleMania X.

Awards

*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: George Foreman, Boxing
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Bonnie Blair, Speed skating

Deaths

January-April

*January 5 — Brian Johnston, English cricketer, BBC radio commentator
* January 5 — Eliska Junkova (Elizabeth Junek), Grand Prix motor racing driver
*January 8 — Harvey Haddix, MLB baseball player, pitched 12 perfect innings for Pittsburgh Pirates
*January 9 — Johnny Temple, Major League Baseball player (1952-1964)
*January 14 — Ivan Fuqua (84), American athlete (b. 1909)
*January 16 — Jack Metcalfe (81), Australian athlete (b. 1912)
*January 29 — Ulrike Maier (26), Austrian World Cup skier
*February 4 — Mikhail Linge (35), Soviet athlete (b. 1958)
*February 5 — Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist
*February 11 — Neil Bonnett, Nascar driver
* February 17 — Gretchen Fraser (75), American alpine skier (b. 1919)
*February 17 — Vilmos Varjú (57), Hungarian shot putter (b. 1937)
*February 19 — Renske Vellinga (19), Dutch ice speed skater
*February 25 — Jersey Joe Walcott, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
* March 28 — Ira Murchison, American athlete (b. 1933)
* April 10 — Reinaldo Gorno (75), Argentine long-distance runner(b. 1918)
*April 15 — John Curry, English Olympic figure skating champion
*April 30 — Roland Ratzenberger (31), Austrian race car driver

May-August

*May 1 — Ayrton Senna, Brazilian F1 race car driver
* May 10 — Eduardo Lausse, Argentinian middleweight boxer (b. 1927)
*May 19 — Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist, Tour de France winner
*May 28 — Julius Boros, American golfer, US Open champion
* June 20 — John Farrell (87), American ice speed skater (b. 1906)
*July 2 — Roberto Balado (25), Cuban boxer
*July 2 — Andrés Escobar, Colombian World Cup soccer player
*July 3 — Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player, Wimbledon champion
*July 10 — Otto Bonsema, Dutch soccer player and trainer
*July 14 — César Tovar, Major League Baseball player (1965-1976)
*July 17 — Jean Borotra, French tennis player
*July 24 — Robert Wangila, Kenyan boxer (b. 1967)
*August 5 — Terry Hibbitt, English soccer star
*August 10 — Kay Petre, Canadian-born pioneer driver in British auto racing
*August 17Jack Sharkey, World champion heavyweight boxer

eptember-December

*September 2 — Detlef Macha, German champion cyclist
*September 3 — Billy Wright, English soccer player
*September 18 — Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player
* November 7 — Charles Mathiesen (83), Norwegian speed skater (b. 1911)
*November 12 — Wilma Rudolph, American track and field athlete
*December 10 — Alex Wilson (89), Canadian track and field athlete (b. 1905)
*December 31 — Bruno Pezzey (39), Austrian soccer player (b. 1955)


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