Today in Sports History: April 4

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 re-watching sporting replays, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 4


England cricketer Andy Sandham made the first triple-century in test cricket, scoring 325 against the West Indies in Kingston. Brendon McCullum is the only Kiwi on the 31-man list. In the same game 90 years ago, Les Ames became the first wicket-keeper to hit a century. 


France beats Wales 11-3 at Stade Colombes to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright for the first time.


The first F1 Grand Prix was staged in the Middle East at the Bahrain International Circuit. Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won the race, and the German would go on to win his seventh and final drivers' championship that year. 

William Trubridge.
William Trubridge. Photo credit: Photosport


Kiwi freediver William Trubridge set a new world record in 'constant weight no fins' with a dive depth of 84m and a dive time of 3m 20s. His best record with no fins now stands at 102m, with the current record at 30m in 3m 55s set by Russian Alexey Molchanov.


The opening ceremony for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games took place in Australia. 

The Commonwealth Games ceremony.
The Commonwealth Games ceremony. Photo credit: Getty


1945 - Former New Zealand cricketer Bryan Andrews.

1982 - New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt 

1991 - New Zealand sailor Sam Meech 

Newshub's top story 12 months ago

'You're absolutely wrong on this': Aziz calls out Duncan Garner over Crusaders' name

AM Show social presenter Aziz Al-Sa'afin has called out host Duncan Garner over his opposition to a proposed change of the Crusaders name.

Garner is strongly against a new name and said, if it were to change, it would be a case of "white man's guilt".

Sports presenter Mark Richardson initially said he was in favour of a name change and on Thursday morning, said it needed to be seriously considered.

Al-Sa'afin said it was a rare moment of unity between him and Richardson.