Today in sports history: April 26 - Munich awarded 1972 Olympics

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 26.


The International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, beating Detroit, Madrid and Montréal. 

The event was overshadowed by a massacre in the second week, in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer at Olympic village were killed by Palestinian Black September terrorists.


Leeds United are crowned Football League First Division champions after beating Sheffield United in the penultimate game of the season.

The 1991-92 season was the last league championship before the newly formed Premier League became England's top-flight competition. Leeds were last in the Premier League in 2004.

Leeds United celebrate the 1992 First Divison title.
Leeds United celebrate the 1992 First Divison title. Photo credit: Getty


French swimmer Frederick Bousquet sets a world record in the 50m freestyle, becoming the first person to break the 21-second barrier. Bousquet breaks the record at the French championships, finishing in 20.94 seconds.


Brit Jenson Button wins the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit sakhir. 

The win was one of six for Button in 2009, as he went on to win his only drivers championship.


The Charlotte Bobcats finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss to the New York Knicks. 

The Bobcats' 23rd consecutive loss leaves them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The previous record was set 39 years earlier , when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.


Cory Jane scores a hat-trick to help the Hurricanes beat the Reds 35-21 in Wellington.

Cory Jane.
Cory Jane. Photo credit: Photosport

Tj Perenara and Ardie Savea were the other try scorers, as the result put them top of the New Zealand conference. 


1956 - New Zealand Olympic equestrian bronze medalist Judith 'Tinks' Pottinger

1985 - Two time ASB Classic champion John Isner 

John Isner.
John Isner. Photo credit: Getty

1991 - Kiwis forward Isaac Liu

1992 - New York Yankees star Aaron Judge 

1994 - Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniil Kvyat

Newshub sports top story 12 months ago… 

Live Updates: Crusaders v Lions

In a rematch of the previous two Super Rugby finals, the Crusaders produce a familiar result, winning 36-10 over their South African rivals.

The southerners dominated from the opening minutes, when Braydon Ennor scored the first try.

By halftime, they led 17-3 and two tries in as many minutes for George Bridge put the game beyond reach for the visitors.

The Crusaders would ultimately complete their hat-trick of titles, while the Lions failed to make the playoffs altogether.