Today in sports history: August 20 - Nick Willis captures NZ's final Rio Olympics medal

Nick Willis.
Nick Willis. Photo credit: Getty

Some stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on June 23.


Great Britain beats France by 158 runs in Paris to win gold in cricket's only appearance at an Olympic Games.

Devon County Wanderers scored 117 and 145 to beat the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques, who scored 78 and 26 across the two-day event. 


Tiger Woods beats Bob May to win the PGA Championship, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year. 

Both men finished the 72 holes on 18-under, but Woods won in a playoff over three holes to become the first player to defend the PGA title since Denny Shute in 1937.


The NZ Warriors beat the Penrith Panthers 26-12 for their 13th win of the NRL season. 

Tries from Ben Matulino, Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson and Kevin Locke were enough for the Warriors to secure victory and climb into the NRL's top four. 

The Warriors would go on to reach the Grand Final, where they lost to the Manly Sea Eagles. 


Nick Willis captures New Zealand's final medal at the Rio Olympics with a bronze in the 1500m race.

It was his second Olympic medal, adding to the silver he won at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

American Matt Centrowicz won gold with a time of 3m 50s, with Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi was close behind in 3m 50.11s. Willis finished in 3m 50.24s 

New Zealand won a total of 18 medals at the games, with four gold, nine silver and five bronze. 


The All Blacks launched their Rugby Championship campaign with a 42-8 win over the Wallabies in Australia. 

New Zealand outscored their opponents six tries to one with Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo, Danes Coles and Julian Savea all scoring.

The All Blacks would go onto win the Rugby Championship, winning all six of their matches.


1909 - Former Blackcaps paceman Alby Roberts

1977 - Former Aregtinian rugby star Felipe Contepomi

1981 - Former rugby league five-eighth Brett Finch 

1989 - World Snooker No.1 Judd Trump 

1996 - NZ Warriors prop Bunty Afoa