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29/5/2021Mark Eaton, the 2.24m shot-blocking king who twice was the N.B.A.’s defensive player of the year during a career spent entirely with the Utah Jazz, dies at the age of 64. The center led the league in blocks per game four times and his average of 5.6 per contest in 1984-85 remains the highest average since the NBA started officially tracking that statistic. Eaton’s career blocks average of 3.51 per game is the best in NBA history
29/5/2021Barcelona defeats Olimpia Milano 84-82 for the 1st semifinal of the Cologne Euroleague Final four and Pau Gasol at the age of 40 years, 10 months and 22 days, becomes the oldest player to appear in a EuroLeague Final Four, breaking the record set in 2011 by Derrick Sharp of Maccabi Tel Aviv (39 years, 7 months and 3 days).
29/5/2019Greek shooter Anna Korakaki wins the gold medal in Women’s 10m air pistol at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany. Korakaki ended up with a score of 10.5 to finish with 241.1 points—which was only a fraction of a point ahead of the runner-up, Chinese shooter Wei Qian.
29/5/2016Greek Gymnastics world champion, Lefteris Petrounias wins the gold medal in the rings competition in the European Gymnastics Championships in Bern, Switzerland. 25-year old Petrounias defended his gold in the previous European Championship, by accumulating a score of 15,866 points, becoming the first athlete to win back to back gold in the discipline for 20 years.
29/5/2015Henry Carr, Arizona State's first Olympic track gold medalist and a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame (1997), dies of cancer at age 73 in Griffin, Georgia. He won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan; he won the 200 meters (in an Olympic Record time) and anchored the winning 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7 (with Ollan Cassell, Mike Larrabee and Ulis Williams).
29/5/2012Diomidis Argous win the EHF Men's Challenge Cup 46:45 on aggregate. The three-goal lead from the first leg in Greece (26:23) on 20 May is enough as they lose 22:20 to Wacker Thun at the Sporthalle Lachen in Thun, Switzerland.
29/5/2011Antenna, coached by Iakovos Filippoussis, beats “Protathlitis” of Dimitris Karydas, 51-47 at Nea Smyrni Hall at the Final Four final of the Journalist’s Basketball Championship - “Lazaros Mourkakos”, named after the editor of “Filathlos” who passed away on 8/4/2011. The winners’ points were scored by Tziotis (12), Dialektakos (11), Kallergis (10) Spyridon (9), Karameros (3), Kapsis (3) and Kollintzas (3).
29/5/2010Riots begin between the fans of AEK and PAOK who have arrived in Lamia for the handball Final 4, resulting in many injuries and destructions in the Halkiopoulio Hall, postponing the competition.
29/5/2010The first issue of the daily sports newspaper “Gavros” comes to circulation. The newspaper initially apperared as an insert to the weekly newspaper "Axia" since May 1998.
29/5/2000Giorgos Vardinoyannis, the president with the longest service in the history of Division A', leaves PAO after 21 years, during which the team won 6 championships and 9 Greek Cups. In Europe, Panathinaikos had 14 wins, 15 losses and 16 draws in 45 games for the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals twice. The team also had 9 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws in 18 games for the Cup Winners Cup and 10 wins, 12 losses and 4 draws in 26 games for the UEFA Cup
29/5/1999Joyo Carlos de Oliveira, triple jump world record holder (17.89m), dies aged 45
29/5/1985The worst hooligan riot in European football history marks the European Champion Cup final at Heysel Stadium in Brussels. 39 people die and 145 get injured a few hours before the Juventus - Liverpool clash (1-0)
29/5/198220th-century German composer, Carl Orff, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana (1937), dies aged 86. He also composed most of the music for the mass play Olympic Youth for the Berlin Olympic Games. In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education for children.
29/5/1968Led by the ''Holy Trinity'' (Charlton, Law and Best) Manchester Utd win the European Champions Cup by overcoming Benfica (featuring Eusebio) 4-1 at Wembley. It is the first english football club to win a european trophy
29/5/1953Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay are the first to reach the top of Mount Everest. Fifty years later, sherpa Lakpa Geta sets climbing record after reaching the top in only 10 hours and 56 minutes
29/5/1953The 1st International “Acropolis Rally” begins, with 26 crews, 7 of which are foreign. Two days later, Nikos Papamichael with Spyros Dimitrakos (Jaguar XK 120) will finish first. Only 6 cars made it to the finish line, among which was Zahos Chatzifotiou. In 1956, Acropolis Rally will be included in the European Championship and in 1973 in the World Championship


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