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What happened in sport on this day..

May 23


 

 

year
Australian sporting history on this day
1931
The Gawler Cup was run and won by Water Pistol - the third time the horse had won the Gawler Cup.
1944
John Newcombe, tennis player, was born.
1946
David Graham, golfer, was born.
1959
A daily double between Dhaulagiri and Irish Sun paid odds of 17855 to 1.
1966
Australian golfer Bruce Devlin won the Colonial Invitation tournament in Texas and won US$22,000 - seemed a fortune in those days.
1977
Melbourne jockey Craig Williams was born. Won 2012 Caulfield Cup on Dunaden.
1980
Despite a call by the federal executive to boycott the Moscow Olympiad because of Russian intervention in Afghanistan, the Australian Olympic Federation voted to send a national Olympic team to compete in the Soviet Union.
2001
Cathy Freeman was named as Sportswoman of the Year at the second annual Laureous Sports Awards.