Sporting Highlights for 1985

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1985.

The year saw the emergence of a first time grand slam winner Boris Becker who took the Wimbledon. Ivan Lendl won the US Open that year defeating John McEnroe in straight sets. Becker and Lendl had a tremendous rivalry in the next several years with each defeating the other for many grand slam wins.

Martina Navratilova won her 100th title early in the year and went on to win the Wimbledon and the Australian Open defeating her rival Chris Evert in the finals of both the events.

Though his off-the-ring behavior has been outright disgusting, few men have achieved what Mike Tyson has within the ring. He made his professional debut at just 18 years of age, and in his very first fight he defeated Hector Mercedes in the 1st round by a knockout. He went on to win his first 19 fights by knockout.

The year was a witness to one of the worst sports disaster ever which killed 56 and injured at least 265, when fire broke out during a football match at Bradford City stadium.

Bernard Hinault of France won the Tour de France for the fifth and final time, a feat which has been achieved only by two others in the history of the race.

56 people burned to death and more than 200 were injured when a fire engulfed the main stand at Bradford stadium in England. The fire had been facilitated by the stand's wooden structure and accumulated debris and garbage underneath the stand. It is likely that a discarded match or cigarette started the fire. There was also another stadium disaster, 39 fans, most of them Italians, were crushed or trampled to death in rioting involving supporters of the Liverpool and Juventus teams before the 1985 European Cup final at Heysel stadium in Brussels. More than 400 people were injured. Although the match continued to get played, the incident led to a 5-year ban of English teams in Europe.

See some videos from the world of sport in 1985.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1985.

Date Results
Feb Super Bowl held in Stanford won by San Francisco
April Golf Masters won by Bernhard Langer (1st win)
May Tennis French Open won by Mats Wilander and Chris Evert Lloyd
June Golf US Open won by Andy North
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova
July Golf British Open won by Sandy Lyle
Aug Golf US PGA won by Hubert Green
Sep Tennis US Open won by Ivan Lendl and Hana Mandlikova
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Kansas City Royals
Dec Tennis Australia Open was won by Stefan Edberg and Martina Navratilova

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. You can also send a comment below.

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