On this Day: June 18

Golf legend Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on June 18th.

Arnold Palmer wins US Open

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On this day in 1960, American golf legend won the US Open, staging the greatest comeback in the final round of the event.

When in 15th place and seven shots off the pace, Palmer shot a brilliant 65 to win by two shots from amateur Jack Nicklaus at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado.

In his career, Palmer won seven majors out of 95 Professional wins.

Tiger Woods makes history

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On this day in 2000, American golfer Tiger Woods made history at the Pebble Beach Golf Links by winning his first US Open by 15 strokes, the biggest winning margin in a major at the time.

Woods finished the tournament at 12-under-par and was followed in second place by Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Ernie Els of South Africa, both on three over.

In his career, Woods has won 14 Majors so far.

Alexander Popov breaks World Record

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On this day in 1994, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov broke the 100-metre freestyle (long course) record with a time of 48.21 at Monte Carlo, Monaco.

He held the record until September 16, 2000 and was succeeded by Michael Klim.

He is former Olympic gold-winning swimmer and is regarded as one of the greatest sprint freestyle swimmers of all time and is the only swimmer in history to win four individual Olympic gold medals in freestyle events.

He retired in January 2005

Sporting Birthdays

1964: Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter
1969: Laura Brown, LPGA golfer
1973: Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
1986: Richard Gasquet, French tennis player

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