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What happened in sport on this day..

August 17


 

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Australian sporting history on this day
1873
Dick Wardill, a pioneer in Australian cricket, suicided by jumping into the Yarra River after it was found he had embezzled £7000 from his employer for gambling.
1973
Tim Forsyth, athlete, was born.
1979
Australia won the Admiral's Cup in Cowes, England for only the second time. Their previous win was in 1967.
1981
Golfer Jan Stephenson became the first woman to break 200 for a 54 hole tournament.
1983
Jockey Brent Thompson rode 6 winners on the card at the Balaklava races - all of them trained by Colin Hayes
1995
Ted Whitten. AFL footballing legend, died aged 62.