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18/8/2016Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m final with 19.78 at the Rio Olympics for the third straight time (2008 and 2009), his eighth at an Olympics. The Jamaican ran 19.78 seconds to come home ahead of Canada's Andre de Grasse and France's Christophe Lemaitre.
18/8/2016Ahmad Abughaush makes history by winning Jordan's first ever Olympic medal, claiming gold in the men's under 68kg taekwondo division in Rio. The 20-year-old beat Alexey Denisenko of Russia 10-6 in the final as South Korea's Lee Dae-hoon and Joel Gonzalez of Spain won the bronze medals.
18/8/2016Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis give Greece its fifth medal by winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics for the 470 Dinghy Sailing race at Gunabara Bay. Croatian skipper Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic win Croatia’s first ever Olympic sailing gold medal while Australians Matthew Belcher and William Ryan win the silver medal.
18/8/2013The Greek national team win the bronze medal at the U16 European Basketball championship held in Ukraine by defeating Italy 78-50.
18/8/2008Fani Chalkia is excluded from the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing since she proved positive for the banned substance Methyltrienolone
18/8/2004Olympic Games come back to Ancient Olympia Stadium after a period of 1611 years with the event of shot put. Ukranian Yuri Bilonog wins the gold medal in the men competition with 21.16, while Cuban Yumileidi Cumba is the winner of the women’s competition with 19.59. It’s the first appearance of women athletes at the Olympia Stadium since their entrance was forbidden in the games of antiquity
18/8/1999Marlene Ottey fails to pass the doping test after the Lucerne meeting. Although the 39 year-old Jamaican sprinter pleads not guilty, she immediately drops off Sevilla World Athletics Championships
18/8/1992Larry Bird, one of the biggest all-time NBA players, announces hir retirement after 13 years with the Boston Celtics. In his career he won 3 MVP awards and led Boston to 3 NBA titles. He played in 12 All-Star Games. As a member of the legendary ''Dream Team'' he won the olympic gold in Barcelona
18/8/1986IOC member and IOA president Nikolaos Nisiotis, former basketball player and coach of Panellinios, and professor of theology in the University of Athens, is killed in a car accident at the age of 62. He will be succeeded by later IOC vice-president Lambis Nikolaou.
18/8/1978The World Aquatics Championships open in Berlin. The greek water polo team reappears after 5 years (due to financial problems they did not compete in 1975) and takes 12th place. Spyros Kapralos, Antonis Aronis, Markellos Sitarenios and Giannis Giannouris feature on that team
18/8/1978Vilma Bardauskiene from the Soviet Union is the first female athlete to break the 7m barrier in long jump (7.07m). Eleven days later she will smash her own record (7.09m) at the European Championships in Prague
18/8/195746-year-old Argentinian pilot Juan Manuel Fangio wins his last Grand Prix in Nirnburghring and becomes world champion for the 5th consecutive time
18/8/1929Ergotelis play their first derby against OFI Crete. The match never finishes as fans go on the rampage half an hour after kick-off
18/8/1886Brothers Carr Baker and Samuel Neel beat Robert Wrenn and M.G. Chase in the American Championship doubles final. They become the first siblings to achieve such a distinction


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