This Day In Sport – July 27

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.

1999 – Balmain, Magpies Merge

Members of the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies voted to merge to become Rugby League’s second joint-venture club.

Balmains members voted 299 to 95 in favour of the merger with Western Suburbs Magpies members voting emphatically 254-7.

The two clubs would play as the Wests Tigers from the year 2000 splitting their home games between Leichardt Oval and Campbelltown Stadium.

1996 – Brilliant Bailey

Donovan Bailey from Canada not only won gold for his country but broke the world record at the same time in the 100 meters sprint at the Atlanta Olympics.

In a dramatic final, there were three false starts.

One from Ato Bolden from Trinidad and two from British track legend Linford Christie who was disqualified as a result.

Christie was not happy and made song and dance about it at Olympic officials both pre and post-race.

Bailey proved he wasn’t the winner by default, breaking Leroy Burrel’s then world record by 0.01 seconds, running a phenomenal time of 9.84 to win the gold medal.