On this Day: April 23

While one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes, Alistair Brownlee, was born on the 23rd of April, the day also marked a sad end to Stirling Moss’ illustrious racing career.

Moss involved in career-ending crash

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On the 23rd of April 1962, Moss crashed his Lotus heavily during the Glover Trophy at Goodwood. The accident put him in a coma for a month, and for six months the left side of his body was partially paralysed.

He was to recover eventually however he retired from professional racing after a private practice day in a Lotus 19 the following year. Slow lap times during that session lead to Moss believing that he had lost his natural feel for racing.

Moss ended his career having been runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958. He finished third in 1959, 1960 and 1961. Consequently, he is often referred to as “the greatest driver never to have won the World Championship”.

Brownlee is born

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On the 23rd of April 1988, Britain’s Brownlee was born in West Yorkshire, England. Brownlee has become one of the country’s most celebrated tri athletes of all time and it’s not hard to see why. Thus far in his young career he has won four ITU Triathlon World Championship gold medals, three European Triathlon Championship gold medals and of course an Olympic gold medal in 2012 on home soil.

Sporting Birthdays:

1988: Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
1983: Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
1977: Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer
1977: Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player