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Sporting Highlights for 1964

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1964. The major events of this year in sport were the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The most notable performance in the Winter Games was by Lidia Skoblikova who won all the women's speed skating events, a feat that has not been matched to date. In the Summer Games, Larisa Latynina won two gold medals for a total of 18 Olympic gold medals, the most by any man or women gymnast to date.

Roy Emerson continued his success by taking the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open for his fifth, sixth, and seventh grand slam title. Emerson had more success in grand slams in the future finishing his career with a total of 12 grand slam titles. Margret Court, who has won the most women's grand slam titles to date, won the Australian Open and the French Open for her eighth and ninth grand slams. Maria Bueno, took the Wimbledon and the US Open, two of her total seven grand slam titles.

In LPGA, Mickey Wright won the U.S. Women's Open for the fourth time which was also her 12th major title. Mickey Wright later that year set a record for the lowest score ever by a woman at 62. Marilynn Smith defended her Titleholders Championship title which was her second and final victory in the majors. Arnold Palmer won the Masters Tournament for the third time, which was also the seventh and final major win for Arnold.

More than 300 fans died and about 500 were injured in a riot at Estadio Nacional in Lima at an Olympic qualifying match between Peru and Argentina. It all started when the referee canceled a goal in the last minute, and a fan ran onto the pitch in protest. After the police aggressively beat him down, angered fans in the stands led to rioting. It is the worst recorded stadium disaster in history.

See some videos from the world of sport in 1964.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1964.

Date Results
Jan 29 - Feb 9 Winter Olympic Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Roy Emerson and Margaret Smith
April Golf Masters won by Arnold Palmer (4th win)
May Tennis French Open won by Manuel Santana and Margaret Smith
June Golf US Open won by Ken Venturi
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Roy Emerson and Maria Bueno
July Golf The Open Championship won by Tony Lema
Aug Golf US PGA won by Bobby Nichols
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by Roy Emerson and Maria Bueno
Oct The Baseball World Series won by St. Louis Cardinals
Oct 10-24 Summer Olympic Games were held in Tokyo, Japan

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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