This Day In Sport – July 26

They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.

1996 – Perkins From Lane 8

In one of the greatest performances in Australian Olympic (and sporting) History, Kieren Perkins won the gold medal in the 1500 meters Freestyle at Atlanta 1996 after qualifying eighth to reach the final.

Perkins suffered a serious form slump leading up to the final, only qualifying by 0.25 seconds from the outside lane 8.

He was off the blocks from the start of the final, swimming the first 100 meters in the stunning time of 55.3 seconds and dominatned for the remainder of the race.

It was rare gold. The best kind of gold.

Summed up brilliantly by Dennis Cometti who called the race for Channel 7.

Daniel Kowalski also came in second place making it one of the most iconic moments in Australian sport.

1993 – Aussies Regain Ashes

Australia regained the Ashes, winning the fourth Test at Headingley with a 148 run win and an innings.

It would be the second time the Aussies would win a Test that series having only lost four wickets.

Captain Alan Border scored an unbeaten 200 runs in Australia’s total of 2/653 before declaring.

Paul Reiffel would have an inspired eight wicket haul for the match.

After the third Test, England captian Graham Gooch resigned and Mike Atherton would replace him as skipper for the remainder of the series.