This day in Olympic history: August 19

This day in Olympic history: August 19

1971 - Mary Joe Fernandez Godsick is born in the Dominican Republic. She moves to the US as a youngster and becomes a professional tennis player, losing three Grand Slam finals. In 1992 she partnered Gigi Fernandez at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, winning gold after beating Spain's Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Mary Joe Fernandez also wins bronze in the singles event, the dpa reported.

Four years later the same US pairing again wins gold in Atlanta, beating Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova from the Czech Republic.

1936 - Al Oerter is born in Astoria, New York. Oerter becomes one of the greatest Olympians of all time as he wins the discus event four times in a row, setting Olympic records in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968.

Only Carl Lewis (long-jump) and Paul Elvstrom (sailing) manage to win four gold medals in the same event four Olympic Games running.

1900 - On August 19 the one and only Olympic cricket game is played at the Paris Olympics. It is contested by a team from France - consisting only of Britons living in the French capital - and a touring side from England. Originally Belgium and the Netherlands were also supposed to take place but withdrew.

Both sides in the game were unaware that they were playing in an Olympic match. England won the game after scoring 117 and 145 for 5 and bowling out the French team for 78 and 26. The winners were awarded silver medals, while the French team was given bronze medals. In 1912 the International Olympic Committee upgraded the medals to gold and silver.

Cricket authorities are attempting to get cricket with the new form TwentyTwenty back onto the Olympic schedule.

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