From Cristiano Ronaldo to Serena Williams – Sport’s top-ten most charitable stars of 2015

Scott 27/08/2015

List compiled from DoSomething.org's Atheletes Gone Good List 2015.

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Happy Birthday: Nicol David, James Harden, Chris Boardman

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[L-R] James Harden, Nicol David, Chris Boardman.

The Malaysian is a true legend of squash, who has won the World Open title a record eight times.

David, who turns 32 today, is the number one female squash player in the world and, in February this year, overtook New Zealander Susan Devoy for the longest reign at the top of the rankings, which had previously been 105 months.

David’s reign currently stands at 111 months.

David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice, in 1999 and 2001. She turned pro in 2000 and was Malaysia’s torchbearer for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Considered by some to be one of the greatest women’s squash players of all time, David’s other notable achievements include winning the Asian Squash Championship a record nine times and five British Open titles.

David has also obtained the WSA Player of the Year on seven occasions.

1968: Chris Boardman, British former cyclist who won individual pursuit gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona (47).

1989: James Harden, shooting guard with the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Won Olympic Games gold with USA in 2012 (27).

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On this day: Michael Johnson breaks 400m world record

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Legend: Michael Johnson.

The ‘fastest man on the planet’ lived up to his name on this day 16 years ago as he smashed Butch Reynolds’ 11-year-old record in the 400m at the World Championships in Seville.

The Texan went 11 tenths of a second faster than his compatriot to set a new time of 43.18 seconds – a record that still stands today.

Johnson, who was 31 at the time, was over a second quicker than anyone else in the field as he won gold ahead of Brazilian silver medalist Sanderlei Claro Parrela and Alejandro Cárdenas, of Mexico, who took bronze.

It was vindication for Johnson, who had been plagued by injury before the Championships, which had limited him to only four races prior to the event.

Other memorable events on this day…

1914: Palmeiras, one of Brazil’s most successful clubs, is formed as Palestra Italia in Sao Paulo.

1939: Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds is Major League Baseball’s first televised game.

1995: Middlesbrough play their first game at the Riverside, Craig Hignett and Jan-Aage Fjortoft netting in a 2-0 Premier League win against Chelsea.

2012: Amateur Lydia Ko wins the CN Canadian Women’s Open to become the youngest LPGA Tour event winner.

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