SPORT: ANNIVERSARIES

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Today: Decathlete Daley Thompson retained his Olympic title in 1984 at Los Angeles.

Tomorrow: In 1954 jockey Sir Gordon Richards announced his retirement with 21,843 wins to his name. In 1984, Mary Decker tripped over Zola Budd and out of the 3,000m Olympic final. Last year, England beat South Africa at Headingley for their first major series win for 12 years.

Wednesday: In 1950, Kent's Les Ames became the first wicketkeeper to score 100 first-class centuries. A crowd of 33,000 raised pounds 250,000 for Sir Matt Busby at his testimonial against a Republic of Ireland XI in 1991.

Thursday: In 1960 Ralph Boston's leap of 26ft 11.25in broke Jesse Owens' long-jump record by three inches.

Friday: Yugoslavian Boris Stankovic was the first footballer to be sent off at Wembley, during their defeat to Sweden in the Olympic final in 1948.

Saturday: Also in 1948, Sir Don Bradman stepped out at The Oval for his last Test innings, requiring only four to retire with a Test average of 100. Eric Hollies dismissed him for a duck and the great man retired with a Test average of 99.94.

Sunday: Surrey off-spinner Pat Pocock dismissed seven Sussex batsmen in 11 deliveries in 1972. In 1979, Sebastian Coe broke a third world record in six weeks when he set a new mark for the 1500m in Zurich. He had earlier set new marks for the 800 metres and mile.

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