Van Rouwendaal, winner of the 10km open water race in Rio, joins the festival’s Emirati ambassadors, Nada Al Bedwawi – the UAE flag-bearer at the Rio 2016, and legendary swimmers the Al Jasmi Brothers.
The popular community event, now in its third edition and sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife, will be held on Saturday October 29 at Emirates Palace Beach.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to compete across the globe and am still elated after my Rio Olympics win,” said Van Rouwendaal. “My happiness continues after being named the international ambassador for the Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival. I can’t wait to be part of the event and join the Al Jasmi Brothers and Nada Al Bedwawi in their homeland.”
The event, organised by Professional Sports Group in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, offers family fun and challenges for all age groups and abilities with seven different races held during the day.
Registration is now open at swimabudhabi.com and closes on October 22nd. Registration for all three Junior Splash Dash races is free to encourage the participation of children of all ages.
For more information on the event, click here.
As far as in-game records go, it doesn’t get rarer in the world of sports than a quadruple double in basketball.
To achieve one, a player has to reach double digits across four statistical categories, from points, assists, rebounds, blocks or steals. No one had ever done it until Nate Thurmond broke through on this day in 1974, with the Chicago Bulls star recording 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks in a 120-105 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The performance also happened to come in the league’s first game of the season, with ‘Nate the Great’ kicking the action off with a bang. Only three other players have had a quadruple double since.
More memorable events on this day:
1871: Twelve teams agreed to inaugurate the FA Cup competition.
1963: Rhe IOC announces that Mexico city will host the 1968 Olympics.
1977: The New York Yankees win their 21st World Series by defeating the LA Dodgers in six games.
1989: Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles sets the NFL record for quarterback career rushing yards with 3,683.
Before Serena Williams, there was Martina Navratilova, who reigned over tennis during her time on the court.
The Czech-American, who turns 60, is considered one of the very best to have ever picked up a tennis racquet.
She was ranked as the no. 1 singles player at the end of the year seven times, including for a record five consecutive years.
Navratilova won an impressive 18 grand slam singles titles – nine at Wimbledon, four at the US Open, three at the Australian Open and two at the French Open. It’s no wonder then that she holds the best season win-loss record for the open era at 86-1, while also being the only pro player to have won six majors without losing a set.
Her domination also extended to doubles, where, with Pam Shriver, she won 109 consecutive matches and the Grand Slam in 1984.
More sport star birthdays on this day:
1939: Mike Ditka, American retired NFL player and coach in the Hall of Fame who also won two Super Bowls (77).
1974: Robbie Savage, Welsh former footballer for Derby county and Leicester City (42).
1983: Dante, Brazilian footballer for French club Nice who previously played for Bayern Munich (33).
1985: Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban baseball player for the MLB’s New York Mets and two-time All-Star (31).