Quiz: Sport stars

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on April 14, 2017

Ramanathan Krishnan, non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, playing on the newly laid tennis court at the Appa Rao Stadium in Madras on January 23, 1979, to judge the nature of the court. The India-Australia Davis Cup tie is to be held on this court. PHOTO: THE HINDU ARCHIVES   -  The Hindu Archives

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke through professional sport’s colour barrier to become the first African-American to play major league baseball. This week’s quiz is about breakthrough moments in Indian and international sport.

1 On July 18, 1976, why were spectators extremely confused on seeing a scoreboard display 1.00?

2 In what later became known as the ‘Night of Speed’ in 1968, three Americans ran the first sub 10 second 100 metres sprints. Two of them were Ronnie Ray Smith and Charles Greene. Name the third, who also won the 1968 Olympic sprint with a sub 10 second performance.

3 One daughter became the first-ever woman to earn a Grandmaster title, and another the youngest person to ever win a Grandmaster title at the age of 15, breaking Bobby Fischer’s record. To which family did both belong?

4 What first did Ramanathan Krishnan accomplish for Indian tennis in 1954, which was replicated by his son in 1979 and Leander Paes in 1990?

5 In 1956, who became the first-ever world heavyweight champion to retire undefeated, with a 49-0 record?

6 The English football team Preston North End achieved something in 1889, which was matched by only one other team more than a century later. What did they achieve?

7 Jaipal Singh Munda was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and a tireless campaigner for tribal rights. However, he is best remembered for his contribution to Indian sport. What first was achieved under him?

8 On February 15, 2014, Frenchman Rene Lavillenie broke a world record with an effort of 6.16 metres. In which event, and who had broken the record the past 14 times?

9 With which memorable moment in May 1954 are Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher associated?

10 At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, in what way was West Germany’s Liselott Linsenhoff’s gold medal a first? Also identify the event.


1. It was the first ever perfect 10 in gymnastics, scored by Nadia Comaneci in the Montreal Olympics; the original scoreboard had place for only three digits

2. Jim Hines

3. The Polgár family; Susan and Judit were both trained by their father, Laszlo Polgar

4. They both won the Wimbledon Junior title

5. Rocky Marciano, also known as the Brockton Blockbuster

6. They went undefeated for a complete season. Arsenal equalled their feat with a 38-game unbeaten 2003-4 Premier League season

7. India won its first Olympic hockey gold in the 1928 Amstersdam Olympics with him as captain

8. Pole vault. This particular event was dominated by Sergei Bubka, who established 14 world records between 1984 and 1994

9. The first-ever four-minute mile by Roger Bannister. They were the two runners who were his pacesetters. Incidentally, Jeffrey Archer recently auctioned one of the six watches used to time the event

10. She was the first woman to win a gold medal in equestrian sport, where men and women both compete. She won a gold medal in the individual dressage event

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup

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Published on April 14, 2017
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