On this day: June 14

On this day in sport, Asafa Powell claimed the 100m record, Max Baer won the boxing heavyweight title and Steffi Graf was born.

Powell goes fast


On June 14 in 2005, Powell narrowly broke the 100m world record by setting a time of 9.77s in Athens, beating American Tim Montgomery’s 2002 record of 9.78s.

Wind assistance for Powell was measured at 1.6 m/s on the day which was within the IAAF legal limit of 2.0 m/s. The record stood.

Powell’s career has been marred by controversy, though.

He tested positive for the drug oxilofrine in 2013 and withdrew from the World Athletics Championships that year as a result.

In April 2014, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission announced that he would be suspended for 18 months over doping charges.

However, after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the suspension was reduced to 6 months.

Baer wins heavyweight title


On June 14 in 1934, Baer was crowned heavyweight champion of the world after proving too much for the then champion Primo Carnera.

Baer knocked his opponent down 11 times but the fight still went the distance and the judges were left with little choice but to create a new champion.

Baer would go on to hold the title for 364 days. In a major upset, he lost the title to James Braddock in 1935.

Steffi Graf is born


On June 14 in 1969, German tennis star Steffi Graf was born.

Graf enjoyed a superb career and is regarded by many as the best all-round female tennis player of all time.

She collected 22 grand slam titles, winning the Australian Open four times, Roland Garros six times, Wimbledon seventh times and the US Open five times.

Sporting birthdays

1973: Daniel Marsh, Australian cricketer
1973: Sam Shade, NFL player
1982: Jamie Green, British racing driver