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What happened in sport on this day..

January 8



Australian sporting history on this day
Numbered saddle cloths were used for the first time in an Australian horse race at a meeting in Sydney.
Norman Von Nida won the Philippines Golf Open.
13 year old Ilsa Konrads set a new world swimming record for 880 yards of 10 minutes 17.7 seconds at the NSW State Championships.
After working there for 60 years, George Johnstone retired as the Australian Jockey Club curator.
Ultra distance runner Ron Grant set a new record running 380km from Alka Seltzer Bore near Oodnadatta in South Australia to Birdsville Queensland in 21 hours and 40 minutes, breaking his own record set in 1981.