OUR FAVOURITE SPORTING FACTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

If you’re going to be cooped up in the house, you may as well spend some time expanding your (already impressive, we’re sure!) knowledge bank. Memorise some of these facts and you’ll be dazzling friends and family members on your video calls for the rest of self-isolation!

The historic Ashes urn is too fragile to travel, so it's usually kept on display at the MCC Museum at Lord's. It has only been taken to Australia twice since 1929.

F1 cars accelerate from 0 to 100 mph and back within 4 seconds!

A try in rugby originally gave a team no points, it simply gave the team the right to do a place kick for points. Hence it gave them a "try' for goal.

Nomadic tribesmen raced horses in Central Asia as far back as 4500 BC, while the first horseback tournaments on British soil took place around 200 AD.

Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at the age of 8.

The fastest serve in men's tennis came from Australian Sam Groth at 263.44km/h.

The average F1 driver loses 4kg per race!

The same whistle has been used to open the first Rugby World Cup game since 1987. It's known as the Gil Evans whistle, named after the Welsh ref who first used it in 1905.

The record for the most runs by a cricket player has been held by Australian Sir Don Bradman since 1948, at 5,028 runs in 37 matches against England.

Every year, 24 tonnes of strawberries are consumed during the Wimbledon Championships.

The average NBA player is 6'7 ft (2.01m) tall.

Golf was played on the moon! In 1971, Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere.

The best F1 pit crews can refuel and change tires in just 3 seconds!

Wimbledon’s famous Harris Hawk, Rufus, is stationed at Wimbledon to keep its sky clear of local pigeons and has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter!

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