- June 14 is a date which has seen Asafa Powell become the fastest man in the world and the New York Rangers celebrate a long-awaited title.
Modified 14 Jun 2020, 11:30 IST
Asafa Powell broke the 100 metres world record on this day 15 years ago, and the New York Rangers ended a 54-year NHL title drought in 1994.
No man has ever run faster than Usain Bolt over 100m, but Powell was Jamaica’s sprint king in 2005.
The Rangers were celebrating at Madison Square Garden 26 years ago, while Canada’s cricketers will not want to be reminded of this date in 1979.
We go back in time to look at some memorable sporting moments that have taken place on June 14.
1979 – Canada crumble at Old Trafford
A Cricket World Cup contest between England and Canada always looked like it was going to be a mismatch.
That was very much the case in Manchester, where the minnows were skittled out for only 45 – the lowest ODI score in history at the time.
Bob Willis (4-11) and Chris Old (4-8) wreaked havoc, Franklyn Dennis making almost half of Canada’s runs before England took just 13.5 overs to seal an eight-wicket win.
1994 – Rangers rule in New York
The Rangers had not been crowned NHL champions since way back in 1940 and it looked like they may have blown their chance in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
Mike Keenan’s side led the series 3-1 after losing the opening match, but the Canucks rallied to force a decider.
The tension was almost unbearable for Rangers fans, but Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mark Messier were on target to secure a 3-2 victory and spark a huge party.
There has been no NHL glory for the Rangers since that triumph.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) June 5, 2014
2005 – Powell keeps true to his word in Athens
A 22-year-old Powell said he was ready to break Tim Montgomery’s 100m world record in Athens.
His confidence was certainly not unfounded, as he set a new mark of 9.77 seconds at the Olympic Stadium.
“It shows no-one knows how fast a man can run.” Powell said after making history. He went faster another three times after Justin Gatlin had gone quicker in 2005.
Bolt holds the current record of 9.58, set in Berlin 11 years ago.
2007 – Imperious Spurs sweep Cavs
The NBA Finals 13 years ago proved to be one-sided, with the San Antonio Spurs dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In their 40th season as a franchise, the Spurs wrapped up a 4-0 series victory with an 83-82 win in Cleveland.
Manu Ginobili scored a game-high 27 points as LeBron James’ 24-point haul was in vain, with Tony Parker named Finals MVP for Gregg Popovich’s side.
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 2, 2017
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