Today in sports history: May 29 - Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton in action during the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton in action during the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix. Photo credit: Getty

Some of the stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on May 29.


British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes, with a time of 4m 59.6s during the Midlands Women's AAA Championships in Birmingham.

A year later, she broke her own record by 15 seconds, which she held for seven years until New Zealand's Marise Chamberlain ran 4m 41.4s in 1962.


Two dropped goals by Doug Bruce steered Canterbury to a comfortable 18-4 win against Ireland in Christchurch.


Utah Jazz guard John Stockton nails a three-pointer as time expires to secure a historic victory for his side against the Houston Rockets in Game six of the Western Conference finals.

John Stockton.
John Stockton. Photo credit: Getty

The 103-100 win helped the Jazz secure a 4-2 series win and lifted the franchise to its first NBA Finals appearance.

The Jazz would lose to the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the NBA Finals. 


Two tries to centre Clinton Toopi helps the NZ Warriors secure a 21-4 win over the Wests Tigers in Auckland. 

Stacey Jones in action for the NZ Warriors.
Stacey Jones in action for the NZ Warriors. Photo credit: Photosport

Todd Byrne and Richard Villasanti also scored for the Warriors, as they avenged a 24-6 defeat suffered earlier in the season. 

The Warriors would end up missing out on the playoffs, with the Tigers going all the way to secure the NRL title, beating the NOrth Queensland Cowboys in the decider.


The Bulls are crowned Super Rugby champions for the second consecutive year after beating the Stormers 25-17 in an all-South African final. 

Morne Steyn in action during the 2010 Super Rugby final.
Morne Steyn in action during the 2010 Super Rugby final. Photo credit: Photosport

Morne Steyn led the way for the Bulls, kicking six out of seven penalties and also slotting a conversion as he contributed 20 of his team's total points.

The win was the Bulls' third title in four years having also won it in 2007 and 09.


Lewis Hamilton edges out Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton's first win of the season ensured he cut his deficit to Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who finished seventh, to 24 points.

Rosberg went on to clinch the title with nine wins and seven other podium finishes, finishing five points clear of Hamilton.


Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 to secure the Europa League in Baku Azerbaijan.

Eden Hazard scored two goals as Chelsea thrashed their London rivals at the Baku Olympic Stadium.

Chelsea celebrate during a Europa League match. Photo credit: Reuters

Victory gave Italian manager Maurizio Sarri his only piece of silverware with Chelsea as he left the job to join Juventus at the end of the season.


1974 - Former Wallabies first-five Stephen Larkham

1984 - NBA star Carmelo Anthony 

1987-  NZ Kiwis rugby league hooker Issac Luke

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NBA prospect RJ Hampton signs for the New Zealand Breakers

The NZ Breakers have signed one of the best young prospects in American basketball.

RJ Hampton.
RJ Hampton. Photo credit: Photosport

Eighteen-year-old RJ Hampton has forgone the opportunity to play at one of the most esteemed college basketball programmes in the United States to turn professional a year early.

Hampton is a top-five projected player for the 2020 NBA draft, with some recruiting websites rating him as the potential second pick.

Hampton will be joined by his family in New Zealand for what is likely to be a one-season deal.
The point guard had offers on the table from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky - three of the most dominant US basketball universities.

Hampton told ESPN that playing in the NBA was his ultimate dream, and he and his family believe this was the best move for his development as a player.