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What happened in sport on this day..

April 20


 

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Australian sporting history on this day
1881
George Adams conducted the first ever sweepstakes on the Sydney Cup which was won by a horse called Progress.
1908
The Stawell Gift was won by Chris Young of Rutherglen, Victoria, in 11 4/5 seconds.
1938
Betty Cuthbert was born - sprinter, 4 Olympic gold medals 100m and 200m 1956 and 1960 Olympics.
1954
Peter Toohey, Australian test cricket player - batsman, born
1960
Debbie Flintoff-King, athlete, was born.
1963
St Kilda champion footballer, 17 year old Carl Ditterich, turned out for the Saints for the first time.
1976
Melbourne Cup winner Van Der Hum won his first race at Riccarton in New Zealand when he won the Middlepark Stud Maiden over 1600 metres defeating Lord Mercury in a field of 18 runners. He won his last race as a 12 year old in a steeple chase at Waverley in New Zealand. He was put down in July 2001, just short of his thirtieth birthday at Te Rore, near Pirongia in New Zealand.
1981
The Stawell Gift was won by George McNeill from Scotland, in 11.9 seconds.
1986
Marathon runner Robert de Castella won the Boston Marathon in the record time of 2 hours 7 minutes 51 seconds.
1987
The 100th Stawell Gift was won by runner Russell Elliott.
1992
The Stawell Gift was won by Andrew McManus of Essendon, Victoria, in 12.03 seconds. Andrew went on to compete in the 2004 Olympic Games.