On This Day

August 2009 in Sports History

Events in Sport

World Record

Aug 2 Michael Phelps ends the World Swimming Championships in Rome with his 5th gold medal as part of the US 4x100m medley relay team that recorded the 43rd world record of the controversial meet

  • Aug 2 US Open Senior Men's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: Fred Funk wins by 6 strokes from Joey Sindelar with a tournament record score (-20)

Sports History

Aug 2 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Catriona Matthew wins her lone major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Karrie Webb; first Scot to win the title

  • Aug 15 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Yang Yong-eun of South Korea wins his first major title by 3 strokes from Tiger Woods

World Record

Aug 16 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edges American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

  • Aug 20 12th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 23 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Rich Harvest Farms: US wins 3rd consecutive Cup 16-12; win 8 of 12 singles to dominate final day
  • Aug 23 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mike Reid wins his second Champions Tour major with birdie on first playoff hole against John Cook

Sports History

Aug 29 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña


Weddings in Sport

John Elway

Aug 29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 8 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • Aug 11 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), dies at 88
  • Aug 29 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77