August 2016 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 5 31st Summer Olympics offically opens in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Aug 12 American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver make her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics, highest female of Rio games and 1st swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

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Aug 13 American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4x100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world's most decorated Olympian

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Aug 14 Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic gold at Rio - 1st man to win this event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 21 31st Summer Olympics closes at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

Weddings in Sport

  • Aug 20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • Aug 3 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), dies at 74