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On This Week in Sport History ~ 1981 & 1984

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle On this Week takes a look at 7 athletes born in either 1981 or 1984, the birth years of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.   21st Born on this day in 1981 – American swimmer – Beth Anne Botsford. Beth grew up in Timonium, Maryland and started swimming at the age of 9 for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the next 5 years, she held every national age group record in the backstroke events the age groups 9–10, 11-12 and 13-14 years. In 1996...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ 1930s

14th Born on this day in 1935, Soviet sprinter and long jumper – Irina Robertovna Turova (later Bochkaryova and then Mordovtseva).  A member of Dynamo Moscow she was coached by her parents and competed nationally in various track events. She competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, placing fourth in the 4x100m relay at both Games and won two golds and a silver at the 1954 European Championships. Her PB for 100m is 11:6s, set in 1954 and 200m – 24.2s set in 1956, the same year she set her long jump PB of 6:00m. She died aged 76...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ 1860s

7th Born on this day 1869 in Herefordshire was British archer Sir Geoffrey Cornewall, otherwise known as the 6th Baronet Cornewall of Moccas Court.  He competed at the 1908 Olympics in London. He was educated at Eton College and then at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Pitt Club, he was also affiliated to the Herefordshire York Round Club. He entered the double-York round event at the Games in which he came 15th, scoring 430 points, he also took part in the Continental style event, but the results of this event are unknown. He succeeded...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ 1920s

30th Born on this day in 1927 in Karlskrona, Bekinge, Sweden,  Modern Pentathlete – Lars Göran Ivar Hall. He was affiliated to the Flottans IF both in Karlskrona and Stockholm and after  winning the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in 1950 and 1951, he went on to win individual gold medals at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. He was the first of only two modern pentathletes in history to win two individual Olympic titles, Andrey Moiseyev followed in 2008. Lars in the Centre In 1952, Lars became the first non-military winner of the event. He also won an Olympic...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ 1880s

22nd German wrestler Adolf Kurz was born in Göppingen, Germany today in 1888. Wrestling as a member of the Athletenbund in Stuttgart at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics he was eliminated in the second round against Finnish wrestler Konrad Ãberg]. At the 1907 World Greco-Roman Championships Adolf finished sixth as a middleweight, and six years later was third as a heavyweight. In 1921 he was second at the European Championships again, as a heavyweight. In 1919, he was German light-heavyweight champion and the following year was second as a heavyweight as well as coming third as a middleweight in 1913. He was...

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