Exactly two year agos, German driver Sebastian Vettel won a record-equalling ninth race in a row at the Brazilian Grand Prix en-route to his fourth drivers’ championship.
The former Red Bull Racing star levelled the record set by Alberto Ascari in 1953, in his last championship-winning season for Red Bull.
Vettel’s 13th race victory of the 2013 campaign also meant he equalled Michael Schumacher’s 2004 feat with Ferrari.
1894: England and Yorkshire batsman Herbert Sutcliffe was born. He scored 4,555 runs in 54 Tests and scored more than 50,000 first-class runs between 1919 and 1945. He died aged 83 in 1978.
2001: Fifteen fans were injured after being hit by a car driven by two-time world champion Carlos Sainz at the Network Q Rally of Great Britain.
2003: West Brom striker Lee Hughes was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later convicted and jailed.
2004: Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of Portsmouth after his managerial style was compromised by the appointment of Velimir Zajec as executive director.
2005: Portsmouth sacked manager Alain Perrin.
2009: Manager Paul Hart was ”relieved of his duties” at Portsmouth.
2013: The All Blacks became the first ever side to register a perfect season in the professional erawith a last-gasp 24-22 win over Ireland in Dublin, secured after fly-half Aaron Cruden was allowed a second attempt at an overtime conversion.
2014: Marco Mattiacci was axed as Ferrari team principal after just seven months in the job and replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene.
Los Angeles Kings’ Wayne Gretzky had established himself as one of the greatest ever NHL players by the time his team took on the Detroit Red Wings on this day back in 1988. Eight minutes and 22 seconds into the second period, Gretzky – who was already the all-time assists leader – scored to become the fifth player to total 600 career goals.
Gretzky reached the milestone with his 17th goal of the season that was scored against Greg Stefan, his childhood team-mate. It capped an incredible month for Gretzky as he had scored his 1,700th career point three weeks earlier. And he did all of this in his 10th season in the NHL.
Other memorable events on this day:
1991: Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in the seventh round for the heavyweight boxing title.
1991: Sacramento Kings end NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.
2014: Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to win the F1 driver’s championship.
2014: Switzerland beat France 3-1 in Lille to lift the Davis Cup for the first time.
Following the smashing success of Daman’s ActiveLife inaugural Electric Run at Meydan in Dubai earlier this month, tickets have gone on sale for the Abu Dhabi event taking place on January 29, 2016 at the capital’s iconic Yas Marina Circuit.
Early Bird ticket prices for the World’s Brightest 5K night run are priced at Dh165 for individuals and are currently sold online at www.ElectricRun.ae. Prices will increase on December 9 so those interested should buy their tickets soon.
This global event has toured 30 cities around the world including Los Angeles, Singapore and London and electrified more than one million people.
Helping people kick start the new year on a healthy note, Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run will be a celebration of health and happiness where participants can run or walk the 5k course through a kaleidoscope of neon lights and energetic beats. The run then culminates into an end-of-race concert featuring UAE’s favourite DJs playing heart-pounding music.
Title sponsor National Health Insurance Company – Daman, through its ActiveLife initiative, aims to bring events to the UAE that encourage local communities to get active and stay healthy in fun and exciting ways.
“We are pleased to be bringing to the people of Abu Dhabi this thrilling global phenomenon that has entertained over 10,000 runners in Dubai,” said Dr. Sven Rohte, chief commercial officer at Daman.
“This initiative forms part of our commitment of creating platforms that the community could use to start living a healthier life.
“The Electric Run’s non-competitive environment welcomes individuals with varying abilities to walk or run in a fun environment and thereby introducing them to physical activities that can be entertaining and non-strenuous.”
Abu Dhabi Electric Runners will be taking to an updated 5k course across the motor racing circuit, with further improvements to the event experience in Dubai promised by organisers.
“Based on the feedback we’ve received from Electric Runners who joined us at the Dubai event we will be making improvements to the Abu Dhabi event such as providing complimentary water to all runners during the 5k route as well as at the finish line,” said David Sanderson, Race Director from event organisers Fast Track.
“We are looking forward to bringing an even bigger and better event to all of our fans coming down to Yas Marina Circuit.”
Yas Marina Circuit is delighted to tie in with Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run organisers and Al Tareq Al Ameri its CEO said: “Electric Run provides another great event for people to get fit and stay motivated. It complements the many other health and fitness events at the Circuit while bringing a new, fresh and fun take on getting active. We’re certain it will be a big success amongst our regular.”
What: Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run
When: January 29, 2016
Where: Yas Marina Circuit