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!
2017 – Boom Time wins Caulfield Cup
Boom Time produced a stunning upset to win the 2017 Caulfield Cup on this day in 2017.
Trained by David and Ben Haynes and Tom Dabering – the galloper won from Single Gaze and red-hot favourite Johannes Vermeer.
The win gave David Hayes his third Caulield Cup triumph, wlong with Fraar in 1993 and Tawqeet back in 2006.
Sir Isaac Newton was the early leader in the race, setting a strong pace and got out to a 10-length lead, going ahead of Amelie’s Star and Single Gaze.
The field then caught up with the leader, Single Gaze took the lead entertaining the straight from Humidor as Boom Time found himself between horses trying to make ground.
Johanses Vermeer was boxed in but came out late to snatch third place, but as Single Gaze led at the 100m mark, Boom Time went back on the inside and hit the front to win to snatch a famous upset victory, with the punters who backed it at $51 jumping for joy!
1964 – Back to Back Bikila
Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic marathon titles when he defeated British runner B. Basil Heatley by 4:08 seconds at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
It was a phenomenal effort from Bikila, winning gold just six weeks after an appendectomy.
For his efforts, not only was Bikila donning a second Olympic gold medal but the Ethiopian government awarded him a car.
He would suffer a spinal injury in 1969 after a road accident, finding himself confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.
Bikila would pass away in 1973 aged only 41.