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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

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