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What happened in sport on this day..

August 9


 

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Australian sporting history on this day
1920
Dubbo cyclist Bobby Spears won the world professional cycling championship at a meeting in Antwerp, Belgium - the first Australian to do so.
1938
Rod Laver, tennis player, was born.
1969
Water skier Bruce Cockburn became the first Australian to win a water-skiing title when he won the tricks event in Copenhagen.
1970
Mary McMillan set a new water-skiing record of 2 hours 23 minutes for the 80 mile crossing from Pula in Yugoslavia to Cervia in Italy.
1985
1988 Melbourne Cup winner Empire Rose had her first race start when she ran 3rd of 16 in a Maiden Handicap at Matamata in New Zealand