1989 in sports

1989 in sports

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Artistic Gymnastics

*World Artistic Gymnastics Championships:
**Men's all-around champion: Igor Korobchinsky, USSR
**Women's all-around champion: Svetlana Boginskaya, USSR
**Men's team competition champion: USSR
**Women's team competition champion: USSR


:"For an extensive coverage see 1989 in athletics (track and field)"


International Races

* January 29 — flagicon|JPN Osaka Marathon, Japan
**Women's Winner: Lorraine Moller (NZL) 2:30:21

* March 5 — flagicon|USA Los Angeles Marathon, United States
**Men's Winner: Art Boileau (CAN) 2:13:01
**Women's Winner: Zoya Ivanova (URS) 2:34:42

* March 19 — flagicon|JPN Tokyo Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) 2:09:34

* April 16 — flagicon|NED Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:08:39
**Women's Winner: Elena Murgoci (ROM) 2:32:03

* April 17 — flagicon|USA Boston Marathon, United States
**Men's Winner: Abebe Mekonnen (ETH) 2:09:06
**Women's Winner: Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:24:33

* April 23 — flagicon|GBR London Marathon, United Kingdom
**Men's Winner: Douglas Wakiihuri (KEN) 2:09:03
**Women's Winner: Veronique Marot (GBR) 2:25:56

* April 30 — flagicon|FRA Paris Marathon, France
**Men's Winner: Steve Brace (GBR) 2:13:03
**Women's Winner: Kazue Kojima (JPN) 2:29:23

* May 1 — flagicon|ITA Rome Marathon, Italy
**Men's Winner: Guido Genicco (ITA) 2:20:43
**Women's Winner: Pascaline Wangui (KEN) 2:46:28

* May 8 — flagicon|NED Amsterdam Marathon, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Gerard Nijboer (NED) 2:13:52
**Women's Winner: Gabriela Gorzynska (POL) 2:47:16

* May 21 — flagicon|GER Hamburg Marathon, Germany
**Men's Winner: Nivaldo Filho (BRA) 2:13:21
**Women's Winner: Jolanda Homminga (NED) 2:40:28

* August 26 — flagicon|NED Enschede Marathon, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Marti ten Kate (NED) 2:10:57
**Women's Winner: Alena Peterkova (CZE) 2:40:28

* October 1 — flagicon|GER Berlin Marathon, West Germany
**Men's Winner: Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:10:11
**Women's Winner: Paivi Tikkanen (FIN) 2:28:45

* October 15 — flagicon|CHN Beijing Marathon, China PR
**Men's Winner: Peter Dall (DEN) 2:12:47

* October 29 — flagicon|USA Chicago Marathon, United States
**Men's Winner: Paul Davies-Hale (GBR) 2:11:25
**Women's Winner: Lisa Weidenbach (USA) 2:28:15

* November 5 — flagicon|USA New York City Marathon, United States
**Men's Winner: Juma Ikangaa (KEN) 2:08:01
**Women's Winner: Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:25:30

* November 6 — flagicon|POR Lisbon Marathon, Portugal
**Men's Winner: Joaquim Silva (POR) 2:16:56
**Women's Winner: Evany Souza (BRA) 2:47:27

* November 19 — flagicon|JPN Tokyo Marathon, Japan
**Women's Winner: Lyubov Klochko (URS) 2:31:33

* December 3 — flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Manuel Matias (POR) 2:12:54

* December 10 — flagicon|USA Honolulu Marathon, United States
**Men's Winner: Simon Robert Naali (TAN) 2:11:47
**Women's Winner: Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:31:50

National Champions

* September 24 — flagicon|CAN Montreal, Canada
**Men's Winner: Peter Maher — 2:20:07
**Women's Winner: Ellen Rochefort — 2:39:46

=Auto Racing=

*Stock car racing:
**Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500
**NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace
*CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi
**Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi
*Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France
*24 hours of Le Mans:
**won by the team of Jochen Mass / Manuel Reuter / Stanley Dickens driving a Sauber-Mercedes
*Rally racing - Miki Biasion in a Lancia won the World Rally Championship
**the team of Miki Biasion / Tiziano Siviero won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Lancia Delta HF Integrale
*Drag racing - Gary Ormsby won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.


*April 8 - One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes his major-league debut with the California Angels, without spending a single day in the minor leagues. He went on to a 12-12 record for the season.

*August 10 - Ten months after undergoing surgery for cancer in his pitching arm, San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky returns to the major leagues, winning his comeback 4-3.

*August 15 - Dave Dravecky's comeback bid ends when his pitching arm breaks in the sixth inning of his second start. Two years later, the cancer-stricken arm would be amputated.

*August 24 - Following an investigation that he gambled on baseball, superstar player Pete Rose is banned from baseball for life.

*World Series: Oakland Athletics won 4 games to 0 over the San Francisco Giants. The Series MVP was Dave Stewart, Oakland.


*NCAA Men's Basketball Championship:
**Michigan wins 80-79 over Seton Hall in overtime

* NBA Finals|NBA Finals:
**Detroit Pistons win 4 games to 0 over the Los Angeles Lakers to win the franchise's first championship.

*National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
**North Melbourne Giants defeated the Canberra Cannons 2-1 in the best-of-three final series.


*February 11 – In Grenoble, France, Rene Jacquot won a 12 round decision over Donald Curry to win the World Welterweight Championship
* May 29 to June 3 – 28th European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Athens, Greece
**"Light Flyweight (– 48 kg):" Ivailo Marinov (Bulgaria)
**"Flyweight (– 51 kg):" Yuri Arbaczakov (Soviet Union)
**"Bantamweight (– 54 kg):" Serafim Todorov (Bulgaria)
**"Featherweight (– 57 kg):" Kirkor Kirkorov (Bulgaria)
**"Lightweight (– 60 kg):" Konstantin Tszyu (Soviet Union)
**"Light Welterweight (– 63.5 kg):" Igor Ruznikov (Soviet Union)
**"Welterweight (– 67 kg):" Siegfried Mehnert (East Germany)
**"Light Middleweight (– 71 kg):" Israel Akopkochyan (Soviet Union)
**"Middleweight (– 75 kg):" Henry Maske (East Germany)
**"Light Heavyweight (– 81 kg):" Sven Lange (East Germany)
**"Heavyweight (– 91 kg):" Arnold Vanderlyde (Netherlands)
**"Super Heavyweight (+ 91 kg):" Ulli Kaden (East Germany)


*Giro d'Italia won by Laurent Fignon of France
*Tour de France - Greg LeMond of the United States
*World Cycling Championship: Greg LeMond of the United States

Dogsled racing

*Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
**Joe Runyan won with lead dogs: "Rambo" & "Ferlin the Husky"

Field Hockey

World Competitions

* Men's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, United States
** Gold Medal: The Netherlands
** Silver Medal: Canada
** Bronze Medal: India

* Men's Champions Trophy in Berlin, West Germany
** Gold Medal: Australia
** Silver Medal: West Germany
** Bronze Medal: The Netherlands

* Women's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in New Delhi, India
** Gold Medal: South Korea
** Silver Medal: China
** Bronze Medal: Spain

* Women's Champions Trophy in Frankfurt, West Germany
** Gold Medal: South Korea
** Silver Medal: Australia
** Bronze Medal: West Germany

Regional Competitions

* Men's Asia Cup in New Delhi, India
** Gold Medal: Pakistan
** Silver Medal: India
** Bronze Medal: South Korea

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships:
**Men's champion: Kurt Browning, Canada
**Ladies' champion: Midori Ito, Japan
**Pair skating champions: Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Soviet Union
**Ice dancing champions: Marina Klimova / Sergei Ponomarenko, Soviet Union

=Football (American)=

*Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers won 20-16 over the Cincinnati Bengals

Football (Australian rules football)

* Victorian Football League
** Hawthorn wins the 93rd VFL Premiership (Hawthorn 21.18 (144) d Geelong 21.12 (138))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Paul Couch (Geelong)

=Football (Canadian)=

* Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders won 43-40 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
* Vanier Cup: Western Ontario Mustangs won 35-10 over the Saskatchewan Huskies

Football (Soccer)

::"For an extensive coverage see 1989 in football (soccer)"

Gaelic Athletic Association

**All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Kilkenny
**National Camogie League: Kilkenny

*Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Cork 0-17 d. Mayo 1-11
**National Football League: Cork 0-15 d. Dublin 0-12

*Ladies' Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Kerry
**National Football League: Kerry

**All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Tipperary 4-24 d. Antrim 3-9
**National Hurling League:


Men's professional
*April 6-9 - Masters Tournament - Nick Faldo
*June 15-18 - U.S. Open - Curtis Strange
*July 20-23 - British Open - Mark Calcavecchia
*August 10-13 - PGA Championship - Payne Stewart
*PGA Tour money leader - Tom Kite - $1,395,278
*Senior PGA Tour money leader - Bob Charles - $725,887
*Ryder Cup - Europe and the United States teams tied 14-14 in team golf.Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Stephen Dodd
*U.S. Amateur - Chris Patton
*European Amateur - David EcobWomen's professional
*Nabisco Dinah Shore - Juli Inkster
*LPGA Championship - Nancy Lopez
*U.S. Women's Open - Betsy King
*Classique du Maurier - Tammie Green
*LPGA Tour money leader - Betsy King - $654,132

=Thoroughbred Horse Racing=

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Tawrrific
*Canada - Queen's Plate - With Approval
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Carroll House
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Old Vic

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - Nashwan
*#Epsom Derby - Nashwan
*#St. Leger Stakes - Michelozzo

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 6 - Kentucky Derby - Sunday Silence
*#Preakness Stakes - Sunday Silence
*#Belmont Stakes - Easy Goer

*Breeders' Cup:
*#Breeders' Cup Classic - Sunday Silence
*#Breeders' Cup Distaff - Bayakoa
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Rhythm
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Go for Wand
*#Breeders' Cup Mile - Steinlen
*#Breeders' Cup Sprint - Dancing Spree
*#Breeders' Cup Turf - Prized

=Harness Racing=

*North America Cup - Quite A Sensation

*United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
*#Cane Pace - Dancing Master
*#Little Brown Jug - Goalie Jeff
*#Messenger Stakes - Sandman Hanover

*United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
*#Hambletonian - Park Ave Joe & Probe (dead heat)
*#Yonkers Trot - Valley Victory
*#Kentucky Futurity - Peace Corps

*Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
**Pacers: Jodie's Babe
**Trotters: Yankee Loch

Ice Hockey

*Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

*Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings

*Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames won 4 games to 2 over the Montreal Canadiens. The first time and only team ever that the visiting team won their game at the Montreal Forum against the Montreal Canadiens.

*World Hockey Championship
** Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Canada
** Junior Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden


* The Philadelphia Wings defeat the New York Saints to win the Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship


*Second European High Speed Telegraphy Championship held in Hannover, Germany.


*Alpine Skiing
**The men's overall season champion: Marc Girardelli, Luxembourg
**The women's overall season champion: Vreni Schneider, Switzerland


*World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats John Parrott 18-3
*World rankings: Steve Davis remains world number one for 1989/90



*Third Pan Pacific Championships, held in Tokyo, Japan (August 17 – 20)


* August 20 — Tom Jager once again regains the world record (22.14) in the 50m freestyle (long course) during 1989 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, with a time of 22.12.


*World Championships held in Seoul, South Korea


*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open - Ivan Lendl
*#French Open - Michael Chang
*#Wimbledon championships - Boris Becker
*#US Open - Boris Becker

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open - Steffi Graf
*#French Open - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
*#Wimbledon championships - Steffi Graf
*#US Open - Steffi Graf

*Davis Cup: Germany F.R. won 3-2 over Sweden in world tennis.


Men's Competition

*FIVB World Cup in several cities in Japan
**Gold Medal: vb|CUB
**Silver Medal: vb|ITA
**Bronze Medal: vb|URS
*Asian Championship in Seoul, South Korea
**Gold Medal: vb|KOR
**Silver Medal: vb|JPN
**Bronze Medal: vb|CHN
*European Championship in Stockholm, Sweden
**Gold Medal: vb|ITA
**Silver Medal: vb|SWE
**Bronze Medal: vb|NED

Women's Competition

*FIVB World Cup in several cities in Japan
**Gold Medal: vbw|CUB
**Silver Medal: vbw|URS
**Bronze Medal: vbw|CHN
*Asian Championship in Hong Kong
**Gold Medal: vbw|CHN
**Silver Medal: vbw|KOR
**Bronze Medal: vbw|JPN
*European Championship in Stuttgart, West Germany
**Gold Medal: vbw|URS
**Silver Medal: vbw|GDR
**Bronze Medal: vbw|ITA

Water polo

Men's Competition

* FINA World Cup in Berlin, West Germany
** Gold Medal: wp|YUG
** Silver Medal: wp|ITA
** Bronze Medal: wp|HUN|1957

* European Championship in Bonn, West Germany
** Gold Medal: wp|FRG
** Silver Medal: wp|YUG
** Bronze Medal: wp|ITA

Women's Competition

* European Championship in Bonn, West Germany
** Gold Medal: wpw|NED
** Silver Medal: wpw|HUN|1957
** Bronze Medal: wpw|FRA

Multi-sport events

* Third World Games held in Karlsruhe, West Germany

* 15th Summer Universiade held in Duisburg, West Germany

* Fourteenth Winter Universiade held in Sofia, Bulgaria


*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Joe Montana, National Football League
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Steffi Graf, Tennis


* January 9 — Michaëlla Krajicek, Dutch tennis player
* January 26 — Imogen Cairns, British gymnast
* February 4 — Febian Brandy, English football (soccer) player
* February 17 — Rebecca Adlington, British swimmer
* February 18 — Xue Chen, Chinese beach volleyball player
* February 19 — Sone Aluko, English football (soccer) player
* February 24 — Kosta Koufos, American-born Greek basketball player
* February 25 — Lee Sang-Hwa, South Korean long track speed skater
* March 6 — Agnieszka Radwańska, Polish tennis player
* March 16 — Theo Walcott, English football (soccer) player
* April 25 — Michael van Gerwen, Dutch darts player
* May 3 — Shavahn Church, British gymnast
* May 13 — Bethania de la Cruz, Dominican Republic volleyball player
* June 2 — Freddy Adu, Ghana-born American football (soccer) player
* June 3 — Katie Hoff, American swimmer
* June 17 — Omar Pinzón, Colombia backstroke swimmer
* July 23 — Donald Young, American tennis player
* July 31 — Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player
* September 7 — Holly Colvin, English cricketer
* October 11 — Michelle Wie, American golfer
* November 6 — Jozy Altidore, American football (soccer) player
* November 12 — Jana Bieger, German gymnast
* November 24 — Johnny Exantus, Haïtian football (soccer) player


*February 10 — Dan Kelly, American NHL sportscaster
*March 18 — Piet Kruiver, Dutch football (soccer) player
*April 12 — Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxing champion
*June 17 — John Matuszak (38), NFL player with Oakland Raiders
*June 22 — Lee Calhoun, American track and field athlete
*July 15 — Laurie Cunningham (33), English football (soccer) player
*July 18 — Donnie Moore (35), American Major League Baseball pitcher
*August 13 — Tim Richmond, NASCAR driver
*August 18 — Bert Oosterbosch (32), Dutch cyclist, world professional pursuit champion
* August 22 — Robert Grondelaers (56), Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
*September 1 — A. Bartlett Giamatti, 7th Major League Baseball commissioner
*September 1 — Kazimierz Deyna (41), Polish football (soccer) player (b. 1947)
*September 10 — Jeff Stollmeyer, President, West Indies Cricket Board, murdered
*September 15 — Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer
*October 4 — Secretariat, Thoroughbred race horse, 1973 U.S. Triple Crown winner, two-time U.S. Horse of the Year
*October 4 — Norman Yardley, English cricketer
*November 13 — Victor Davis, 1984 Olympic and World swimming champion
*December 3 — Fernando Martín Espina (27), Spanish basketball player (b. 1962)
*December 25 — Billy Martin, New York Yankees manager
*December 26 — Doug Harvey, National Hockey League superstar defenseman (1947-1969)

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