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What happened in sport on this day..

March 8



Australian sporting history on this day
Max Metzker, swimmer, was born - bronze medal 1980 Olympics, Commonwealth Games – gold medal 1982, gold medal 1978, bronze medal.
Jack Brabham returned to the winners list after a three year absence winning the South African Grand Prix.
Denise Robertson ran 11.5 secs for the 100 metres to retain her Australian title at a meet at Lang Park in Brisbane.
Jockey Mick Dittman rode 5 winners on the card at the Doomben racecourse
Champion jockey Roy Higgins died aged 75. Higgins won a record 11 Melbourne jockeys' premierships and rode 2312 winners despite a constant battle with weight and was a revered figure of the Australian turf. Dubbed ''the Professor'', Higgins won most of Australia's major races, including two Melbourne Cups on Light Fingers (1965) and Red Handed (1967) for Bart Cummings in one of the great partnerships in the sport.