This Day In Sport – September 20


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 on the Ladbrokes Blog.

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 and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

2000 – Aussie Gold For Our Fairweather Friend

Simon Fairweather became Australia’s first and (so far) only Olympic Archery Champion at the Sydney games on this day 20 years ago.

Fairweather had been to three previous games prior to Sydney but he hadn’t gone deep into the Archery competition and had even considered retring after finishing 52nd in Atlanta.

He saved his best for the games on Aussie soil, reeling off bullseye after bullsye from 70 meters with the gusty winds in the Homebush Archery venue.

In the first round, Fairweaher equalled the then Olympic record for an 18 arrow match, and brought home the gold in the 12-arrow medal shoot-out.

With a score of 29 out of a possible 30 for his opening three arrows, Fairweather easily beat American Vic Wunderele to claim Australia’s seventh Olympic gold for the games.

1997 – Bulldog Heartbreak, Crows Miracale.

Early in the fourth quarter of the 1997 Preliminary Final, the Western Bulldogs found themselves 25 points up and even the Channel 7 commentators were discussing if they were a chance in the cinderella Grand Final against the Saints the following week.

The Bulldogs were flying, Tony Modra had done his knee and the Crows looked gone for all money.

Except no one told the Adelaide Crows.

Adelaide came roaring back and found themsleves infront with 1:30 remaning in the final quarter.

The Western Bulldogs had plenty of chances to seal the game but botched them all.

It was Tony Libertore’s snap at goal in the last quarter that was deemed a behind from the goal umpire in the fourth that still remains a contencious issue amognst the Bulldog faithful to this day.

The image and reaction are iconic and tragic at the same time, but if you watched the last quarter – the Western Bulldogs blew many a chance.

Who else but Darren Jarman who would put the Crows ahead and helped step up to the plate for Adelaide after Modra went down.

Jarman would play a major role for the Crows in the following weeks Grand Final.

Final Score – Adelaide 13-21 (93) def. Western Bulldogs 13-13 (91)

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