Dennis Taylor Wins World Snooker Championship 1985

Dennis Taylor Wins World Snooker Championship 1985 The final of the World Snooker Championship between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in April, 1985, was arguably the most famous match in the history of the game. The dramatic deciding frame, which lasted over an hour, was not completed until after midnight and attracted a record television audience of 18.5 million viewers. My patience usually only stretches to a few exciting spins of a roulette wheel on kiwicasinos and so it’s quite something to admire masters at work!

In the best-of-35 final, Englishman Davis, who had already won the World Snooker Championship three times, in 1981, 1983 and 1984, completed dominated Northern Irishman Taylor, who had appeared in just one previous final, losing 24-16 to Terry Griffiths in 1979, in the early stages. Davis led 7-0 at the end of the opening session and extended his lead to 8-0 at the start of the second session before Taylor started to turn the tide on his opponent. All told, Taylor won seven of the nine frames played to trail 7-9 overnight and, on the second day, tied the match at 11-11, 15-15 and 17-17, to force a deciding frame.

Understandably, the final frame was a tense, nervous affair but, with the final four colours remaining, Davis led 62-44, such that Taylor required all four balls to win. Taylor potted a difficult brown, blue and pink to take the score to 59-62, before unsuccessfully attempting to cross double the black from its position under the side cushion. On his first bona fide attempt at the black, Taylor missed again, but Davis overcut his attempt into the top corner pocket, leaving Taylor with a straightforward, albeit nerve-wracking, mid-range pot into the same pocket.Taylor held his nerve and celebrated, in unsurprisingly emotional style, by waving his cue above his head and wagging his finger at the camera. I’m sure the prize money didn’t hurt either. On that note I best get back to my online slots real money shenanigans, to bring on a celebatory moment of my own!

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Jesse Owens 1936 Olympics

Jesse Owens 1936 Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 1936 Summer Olympics to Berlin in 1931, two years before Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. Nevertheless, Hitler seized the opportunity to promote Nazi ideology, which included the notion that the so-called ‘black auxiliaries’ – in other words, the African-American athletes – on which the United States relied, in part, were ‘subhuman’.

In fact, African-American athletes did supremely well. Ralph Metcalfe, Archie Williams, John Woodruff and Cornelius Johnson won gold medals in the 4 x 100-metres relay, 400 metres, 800 metres and high jump, but it was James Cleveland ‘Jesse’ Owens who surpassed them all. Owens shared the podium with Metcalfe in the 4 x 100-metres relay, after the pair controversially replaced the only two Jewish athletes on the United States’ team, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, but had earlier won individual gold medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump.

Standing 5′ 10″ tall and weighing in at 11st 11lb, Owens won the 100 metres final in an Olympic-record time of 10.30 seconds, finishing just ahead of compatriot Metcalfe. The following day, having narrowly avoiding elimination in the qualifying stage, Owens won his second gold medal with a jump of 8.13 metres in the long jump final, thereby setting a world record that would not be beaten for 25 years. Another Olympic record, 20.70 seconds, followed in the 200 metres final, in which another African-American athlete. Matthew ‘Mack’ Robinson finished second. Owens’ selection for the 4 x 100-metres relay team may have been motivated by ant-semitism, as alleged by Glickman, but Owens, Metcalfe, Foy Draper and Frank Wykoff won gold in a world-record time of 39.80 seconds.

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