Sporting Facts

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  • If Michael Phelps were a country, he’d rank No. 35 on the all-time Olympic gold medal list, ahead of 97 nations.
  • Golf is the only sport to be played on the moon. In 1971, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls on the moon with a six-iron. One went into a crater and the other ‘sailed for miles and miles’. Both the balls are still there.
  • Abbas Ali Baig was the first Indian cricketer to be kissed during a Test match. When he reached a half-century in the third Test against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium in 1960, a pretty young girl ran all the way from the North Stand to greet the batsman and kissed Baig on his cheek.
  • The Olympic rings cover every flag in the world. Yellow, green, red, black, and blue were selected because at
    least one of those five colours appears in every flag in the world.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, played goalie for the amateur Portsmouth Association Football Club, which would eventually become the Portsmouth Professional team that won the FA Cup in 2008
  • The phrase about winning something ‘hands down’ originally referred to a jockey, who won a race without
    whipping his horse or pulling back the reins.

Olympics rings


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