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1000 facts on sport – Interesting and unusual facts about all sports

Ball sports – Athletics – Olympics – Swimming – World records Discover 1000 Facts on Sport , an amazing guide to the sporting world. Short, sharp facts combine with tons of pictures and illustrations to deliver information with punch. You’ll find all the things you ever wanted to know plus so much more in one fascinating place, its covers rules origins champions world records almost everything you could ever want to know about sport, so read on and see if there is something you DIDN’T know about sport in this lens that is 1000 facts on sport. Please don’t be shy if there is something YOU know and it is not here and that readers will find interesting let me know and ill put it on with a thanks from you

TENNIS – Facts about Tennis

6 times Wimbledon winner Roger Rederer
6 times Wimbledon winner Roger Rederer

> A tennis court is 23.8 m long and 11 m wide for doubles matches, and 23.8 m long and 8.2 m wide for singles matches. The height of the net is 0.9 m

> The tennis term love is derived from l`oeuf, the French word for egg, symbolizing zero

> In 1986 yellow balls were used at Wimbledon for the first time to make them visible for the TV cameras.

> Tennis was an Olympic event from 1896 to 1924 and was reintroduced into the games in 1988

> In 1900 Dwight Davis gave his name to a competition between the United states and Great Britain. More than 60 countries now contest the Davis cup annually.

> The four tournaments that make up the Tennis Grand Slam are Wimbledon, the US Open, the Austrailian Open and the French Open

> The tennis term deuce derives from deux, the French word for two, maening that an advantage of two points must be gained to win the the game.

> Catgut, used in the making of tennis racket strings, is made out of the intestines of various animals (but not cats !)

> A tennis tiebreaker comes into operation when the set score is six games all.

> Recent Wimbledon winners in the mens singles are Roger Federer from 2003 – 2007 , Rafael Nadal 2008, Roger Federer 2009, Rafael Nadal 2010.

> In 1877 British player Spencer Gore was the first ever winner of the Wimbledon trophy beating fellow british player William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Kiteboarding – 10 Facts You Didn’t Know

You might be an expert surfer. You might be an advanced kite flyer. How about being both?

Kiteboarding is a combination of most watersports and kiting and has swept the world over the years. The result, a sport that has more fans than a top billed matinee idol. Here are some facts about a hybrid sport that most likely you did not know.

1. The history of kiteboarding dates back to 13thcentury Chinese when it was utilized as a means of transport, kites were used as a method of utilizing wind to gather thrust and energy to propel their canoes over bodies of water.

2. This is a sport that cannot be successfully and safely done by learning from a book or the internet. Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport and to minimize risks, you must take up kiting lessons to learn escape techniques when you get caught in a sticky situation. Kiteboarding lessons will also make you aware that kiteboarders can be a danger to the public. Taking lessons will begin the learning process and get you kiting safely in no time!

3. Kiteboarding is relatively easy as compared to other watersports such as surfing and windsurfing. Getting on the board and performing jumps may quickly commence after 2 or 3 lessons. Though an easy sport it is likewise complex as there are so many details and learning that you would have to absorb. All the time spent learning will prove to be beneficial when you rip because you can enjoy a kiteboarding activity without putting yourself and others in danger.

4. Its physics in a cool kind of way. Wouldn’t it have been fun if we had to learn about aerodynamics and Newton’s laws of motion with a board and kite skimming on open waters instead of in a stuffy old classroom? Kiteboarding relives science learning in a whole new dimension, environment and action!

5. Kiteboarding kites are called Traction or Power kites and they come in two types Leading Edge Inflatable and Foil Kites. The LEI’s are advised for starters because they are more resilient and easy to fly. Foil kites have air pockets that give its arc shape. Some foil kites can be relaunched in water depending on the specification.

6. Crail, Indy, Trindy, Tail, Tailfish, Stalefish, Slob, Mute, Seatbelt, Melon, Lien and Nose. These are not the names of people who have not been great at kiteboarding, nor are they the names of great kiteboarding locations. These are the types of board grabs, tricks that are performed while a kiter is in the air.

7. Kitemare. Is a term for uncontrollable drifting caused by abrupt string airstream or gusts where people can be propelled, carried off, dragged against the water, power lines, buildings and other high structures.

8. “Charlie Browner”, is a term used for a kiteborder.

9. “Guinea Pig” or “Wind-Dummy”, is a person who is set out to see if the wind is suitable for kitesurfing.

10. Nuking. Conditions that are very dangerous for kiteboarders. This involves great wind speed (30-40) knots.


Facts on Golf – a few that you might not know

Swat up on your golfing knowledge with these facts and trivia about the great game.

125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass (pictured).

The longest drive ever is 515 yards. The longest putt ever is a monstrous 375 feet

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

Tiger Woods snagged his first ace at the tender age of eight years old.

Balls travel significantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards longer for each increase in air temperature of 25°F.

The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts which measures a fearsome 8325 yards

The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.

The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures an incredible 909 .

The largest bunker in the world is Hell’s Half Acre on the 585-yard 7th hole of the Pine Valley Course in New Jersey.

The largest golfing green is that of the 695-yard, 5th hole, a par 6 at the International Golf Club in Massachusetts, with an area in excess of 28,000 square feet.

The driver swing speed of an average lady golfer is 62mph; 96mph for an average LPGA professional; 84mph for an average male golfer; 108mph for an average PGA Tour player; 130mph for Tiger Woods; 148-152mph for a national long drive champion.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The first golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest. Feather balls were used until 1848.

The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was Coby Orr, who was five years old at the time. It happened in Littleton, Colorado, in 1975.

22.8% of golfers are women..

Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time when preparing for an English invasion

The term birdie comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing 1899, he played what he described as a “bird of a shot”, which became “birdie” over time.

The word golf does not mean “Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden”. This is an internet myth. Read more here

Don’t feel bad about your high handicap -80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18

Houston Astrodome... Awesome
Houston Astrodome… Awesome

Sporting Arenas from around the world

> The Houston Astrodome was the first baseball stadium to have a roof over its playing field.

> The venues for the tennis Grand Slam Tournaments: Wimbledon (Wimbledon, London), Australian Open (Melbourne Park), US Open (Flushing Meadows, New York) and The French Open (Roland Garros Stadium, Paris)

> One of the trains used to transport the materials for building The old Wembly Stadium is buried beneath the stadium.

> A golf course within 6.5 km of the coast is called a links.

> The old Wembly stadium had 39 steps leading to the Royal Box, teams would walk these walk up these to collect the winning trophies.

> Some of the football clubs that have moved to new stadiums: Stoke City – moved from the Victoria Ground to the Britannia Stadium: Derby County – moved from the Baseball Ground to Pride park: Middlesbrough – moved from Ayresome Park to the Riverside Stadium: Huddersfield Town – moved from Leeds Road to the McAlpine Stadium and Sunderland – moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of light.

> The largest football stadium in the world is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the 1950 World Cup Final in front of a crowd of 199,854. Today the crowd capacity is limited to 80,000 as part of the stadium are deemed to be unsafe.

> Between 1923 and 2000 72 FA Cup Finals were staged at Wembly. Various other venues have staged the final, most notably Crystal Palace on 20 occasions and the Kennington Oval on 19 occasions.

>Some football club home grounds: Chelsea – Stamford bridge, Liverpool fc – Anfield road, Aston Villa – Villa Park, Newcastle – St James Park, Tottenham – White Hart Lane, Manchester City – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Utd – Old Trafford, Arsenal – Emerates Stadium, West Ham – Upton Park


Random sports facts

Fishing is the biggest participant sports in the world.

Football (soccer) is the most attended or watched sport in the world.

Boxing became a legal sport in 1901.

More than 100 million people hold hunting licenses.

Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first female parachutists, jumping from a hot air balloon in 1799.

In 1975 Junko Tabei from Japan became the first woman to reach the top of Everest.

The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.

The record for the most major league baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.

The first instance of global electronic communications took place in 1871 when news of the Derby winner was telegraphed from London to Calcutta in under 5 minutes.

In 1898, one of the first programs to be broadcasted on radio was a yacht race that took place in British waters.

Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.

Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practiced in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.

The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.

In his time, Michael Schumacher was the highest paid sportsman, ahead of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer. (Not including sponsorship endorsements.)

The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.

The Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the plus-minus 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.

The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over 3 days, June 22, 23 and 24.

A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.

A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.

Basketball and rugby balls are made from synthetic material. Earlier, pigs’ bladders were used as rugby balls.

The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.

The very first motor car land speed record was set by Ferdinand Verbiest.

The record for the most NASCAR wins is held by Richard Petty: 200 wins (and 7 championships).

Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire – 37 years, starting in 1905. He also officiated 18 World Series.

The oldest continuous trophy in sports is the America’s Cup. It started in 1851, with Americans winning for a straight 132 years until Australia took the Cup in 1983.

Volleyball was invented by William George Morgan of Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895.

A badminton shuttle easily travels 180 km/h (112 mph).

Ferenc Szisz from Romania, driving a Renault, won the first Formula One Grand Prix held at Le Mans, France in 1906.

The Oxford and Cambridge University boat race

Raced every year between the bitter rivals…

> The first Oxford and Cambridge boat race took placein 1829 in the same year the Cambridge University Boat Club was founded. The race was won by Oxford.

> In 1927 the race was covered for the first time by BBC Radio and was televised for the first time by the BBC in 1938.

> A total of 18 people take place in the There are 8 rowers and one cox per boat. The Cambridge reserve crew is called Goldie and the Oxford reserve crew is called Isis.

> Since 1845 the race as been conested over a distance of 6.8 km, starting at Putney and finishing at Morelake.

> On average the race lasts approximately 20 minutes, However, the record time is 16 minutes, 19 seconds set by the Cambridge crew in 1998.

> In 1981 Sue Brown became the first female to compete in the boat race when she coxed the Oxford crew to victory.

> During the race the crews pass under two bridges – Hammersmith and Barnes. Both boats must pass through the central arches of the bridges and face disqualification if they do not do so.

> The only time a dead heat occurred in the race was in 1877. The result, however, was shrouded in controversy, as the judge on the winning line was asleep under a bush when the race finished.

> The Oxford and Cambridge boat race is one of the few of the worlds races rowed on tidal water.

More sporting facts


Ethiopia, an African country, is the birthplace of one of the best runners in the 20th century:Abebe Bikila, who won consecutive olympic marathon gold medals in 1960 and 1964.Haile Gebrselassie, who is a famous runner, once said: “In Africa before Bikila, there were no successful runners, and most of us did not believe there ever would be.Now there are thousands of us, winning races all over the world, setting new standards and breaking records”.


Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who is best known as “Pele”, is a Latin American soccer icon.Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, he became a world star at the age of only seventeen, when Brazil first won the FIFA World Championship in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.


The Mexican delegation participated in the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Sports Games held in San Salvador, El Salvador, and won 138 gold,111 silver, and 102 bronze medals in such events as swimming, track and field, wrestling and boxing.


Argentinian tennis player Guillermo Vilas is one of the best-known players in the history of tennis.


The Puerto Rican metropolis has hosted the VIII Pan American Games in 1979.


Archery is the national sport in Bhutan,a Buddhist country in Asia.


Jesse Vassallo is one of the most famous swimmers of the American history. He was born on August 9, 1961, in Ponce, Puerto Rico.In the 1970s, Jesse Vassallo won several international medals.Yet he lost the chance to defend his world records (200 and 200 meters individual medley) when the United States boycotted the Olympics in Moscow.


Peru has hosted the 1982 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. There are 24 teams.The big favorites were the United States, China and Japan. Under the leadership of Cecilia Tait Villacorta, Peru defeated the United States 3-0. Surprisingly, Peru captured the silver medal.


South Korea is the birthplace of taekwondo, an olympic sport since 2000.


Maria de Lourdes Mutola was one of the best runners in the past century. She was born in Mozambique, an ex-Portuguese colony in Africa.Mutola won olympic 800 meters gold medal in 2000. She is a heroine of Mozambique, one of the most poorest countries in the world.


Colombia hosted the Baseball World Cup in 1965. The South American country became the first host country since 1952 it was the third time the event was held in Colombia; the first time was in 1947.Baseball was the most popular sport in Colombia in the 1950s and 1960s.


Thailand´s Paradorn Srichaphan is one of the best tennis players in the world.


The 1935 Central American and Caribbean Games were held in San Salvador, El Salvador, with 9 countries participating.


Uruguay hosted the FIBA Basketball Men´s World Championship in 1967.The USSR (currently Russia) team beat Yugoslavia to clinch the first place. The USSR, or Soviet Union, won the championship for the first time.


Malaysia hosted the FIH Field Hockey Men´s World Championship in March 1975. The 15-day tournament, with 12 countries participating, helped win back the hearts of the country´s field hockey fans.

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer.Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry.He´ve studied political science and journalism.He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, Olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called “The Dictator and Alicia Alonso”.He is an expert on foreign affairs. Further more, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latina America.

He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). His favorite film is “Gorillas in the Mist”.Some of his favorite books are “The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad” (by V.S.Naipaul), “Las Mujeres de los Dictadores” (by Juan Gasparini) and “Murder of a Gentle Land” (by John Barron and Anthony Paul).His personal motto is “The future is for those people who believe in the beauty o f their dreams” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

30 Bizarre Sports and Games Facts

Sporting Firsts

> In 1931 tennis star Lili de Alvarez became the first-ever woman to don a pair of shorts at Wimbledon.

> Only 13 nations contested the first football world cup in 1930, which saw Uruguay winning the trophy.

> The first ever footballer to win 100 caps for England was the Wolves defender Billy Wright. The only other players to have emulated this feat are Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Peter Shilton.

> Roger Bannister ran the fisrt ever under four minute mile in 1954 at an Oxford running track: the time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

> The first foreign footballing nation to defeat England at Wembly was Hungary. It outplayed England in 1953, winning the game by a comfortable margin of 6 – 3.

> The Years in which tennis Grand slam tournaments were first contested: Wimbledon was established in 1877, the US Open in 1881, the French Open in 1891 and the Austrailian Open in 1905.

> The first winners of the major football cup competitions, FA Cup Final in 1872 was won by Wanderers; Eueopean Cup Final in 1956 was won by Real Madrid; The Scottish Cup Final in 1874 was won by Queens Park; The European Nations Champions Cup in 1960 was won by the Soviet Union; The European Cup Winners Cup in 1961 was won by Fiorentina.

> In 1975 Junko Tabei of Japan became the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest.

> The first English Footbal League team to install an artificial pitch was Queens Park Rangers in 1981.

Unusual Facts About American Football – Gridiron – Superbowl etc

Unusual Facts About American Football

As an electronic football scoreboards manufacturer, Electro-Mech understand the importance of covering a variety of sports material, not just the latest fantasy football stats or what player’s decided not to retire again. Like in this lens, we cover the importance of history in sports. What would the world of sports be without its history anyway? Well, it wouldn’t. That’s why we will continue to cover topics like this, as the scoreboards continue to light up.

How Football Fields Got the Nickname “Gridirons”

A group of college football coaches made a number of changes to the rules of the game in 1906 to decrease the incidence of serious injuries. Among these rules was the legalization of the forward pass. Initially, a forward pass could not be made within five yards of the center. To help officials keep track of this distance, the coaches specified that football fields have vertical and horizontal lines five yards apart. This created a checkerboard pattern that resembled those in gridirons, metal racks on which meat was broiled. Thus, football fields came to be nicknamed gridirons. Although the rules were changed in 1910 to eliminate the vertical lines on the field, the nickname for a football field lives on to this day.

Pro Football Almost Didn’t Get off the Ground

The National Football League was established in 1921, but in its first few years it struggled to survive economically. There was no uniform schedule, and some teams might play 15 games in a season whereas others might play only 4. This made it difficult to determine a champion. The league’s first big attraction arrived in 1925 in the form of Red Grange. Grange had been a college star at the University of Illinois, where during one game against Michigan he scored four long touchdowns in the first 12 minutes of the game. After turning pro, Grange joined the Chicago Bears in 1925 and in the winter the team barnstormed back and forth across the country for two months, drawing a total of nearly 400,000 spectators. By 1933 the league was able to firmly establish itself, creating two divisions and a standard schedule that led to a league championship game.

In 1934, the Ball Went on a Diet – ie. got skinnier…

To promote the passing game, NFL bosses changed the shape of the football in 1934. They made the ball longer and skinnier, which helped quarterbacks to get a better grip on it. By 1940 two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game were taking advantage of the new passer-friendly ball. Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears and Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins tormented defense with their pinpoint aerial talents. Luckman, who was also a fine runner, led the Bears to four championships in the 1940s. Baugh, who became known as Slingin’ Sammy, set 16 passing records and included 3 punting records for good measure.

Two-Way Ironmen

Today it is not unusual for a high school player to play both offensive and defensive positions. In the NFL and in major college football, however, players almost never are on the field for both offense and defense. This was not always the case before 1961. NFL players who were on the field for every play of the season became known as Ironmen. Two of the best were Mel Hein and Chuck Bednarik.

Hein played every minute of every New York Giants game for 15 years. He played center on offense and linebacker on defense from 1931 to 1945. Center was a particularly challenging position on the Giants, who played a single wing offense. This offense required that the ball be snapped directly from the center to the tailback, much as the shotgun offense today requires a long snap to the quarterback. As a linebacker, Hein was noted for his pass coverage. He helped to pioneer the technique of jamming a receiver at the line of scrimmage.

Chuck Bednarik was the last NFL player to play on both sides of the ball for every play, achieving the feat in 1960. Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962. Like Hein, he was a center on offense and a linebacker on defense. He capped his impressive 1960 season with a game-saving tackle against Green Bay in the championship game. But Bednarik’s most memorable play of that year was a devastating hit on New York Giants running back Frank Gifford; Gifford was sidelined for a full year because of the tackle.

The Moving Goal Posts

Prior to the 1974 season, NFL goal posts were flush with the goal line, with the main support protruding from the ground smack in the middle of the end zone. A team needed to reach only its opponent’s 40 yard line to have a reasonable shot at overcoming a narrow deficit at the end of the game. Additionally, the location of the goal posts made passing awkward down near the goal line. Receivers and defenders had to be careful not to run into the support, and quarterbacks had to be careful not to hit the goal posts’ crossbar when throwing a pass into the end zone. To eliminate all of these undesirable aspects of the game, the NFL in 1974 moved the goal posts back so that they were flush with the back of the end zone.

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