Sports stats & facts
Sports comments By Tony Matthews
The first country to stage the summer Olympic Games twice was France in 1900 and 1924
In the first seven years of the Super Bowl (1967-73) there were six different winners: Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers (twice)
The first country to retain football’s World Cup was Italy in 1938, having won the trophy four years earlier in 1934.
Four teams – Huddersfield Town (1924-26), Arsenal (193335), Liverpool (1982-84) and Manchester United (2007-09) – have won the Football League/ Premiership title three seasons running.
The Wanderers won five of the first seven FA Cup finals (1872-78)
The New York Yankees won the Baseball World Series titles in each of the last four years in the 1930s… and they were champions again in 1941 and 1943.
Over a period of 40 years (1948-88) nine of the World Chess championship was won by a Russia, among them Alexander Karpov and Gary Kasparov.
Four different counties won the first four cricket championships: Surrey 1864, Notts 1865, Middlesex 1866 and Yorkshire 1867.
The first non-European rider to win the Tour de France was the American Greg LeMond in 1986. The first race had taken place in 1903.
Welshman Leighton Rees was the first World Professional darts champion in 1978.
Nick Faldo won the British Open golf title twice in four years: 1987-90. The American Tom Watson won the event five times in eight attempts: 1975-83.
Lester Piggott was top flat race jockey 11 times between 1960 and 1982. During that same period both Willie Carson and Pat Eddery won the title three times each.
Greg Le Mond - Tour de France