• August 29 down the years

Khan's triumphant silver

Amir Khan unleashes a combination against Mario Cesar Kindelan © Getty Images

Amir Khan's Olympic silver medal. Gold was never going to be easy. In the final of the lightweight boxing division, the 17-year-old Khan faced defending champion Mario Kindelán of Cuba. who'd also won the last three world amateur titles, the latest despite a broken arm! He was unbeaten in five years, including a recent fight with Khan which he won by 20 points. The rematch today was a whole lot closer. Khan scored the first point and led after the first round. But Kindelán was almost twice his age and had rather more experience: over 330 fights to Khan's 13! The Cuban kept picking him off as he came in, leading 11-5 after the second round and 22-14 after the third, a margin he kept to the end: 30-22. They fought again after the Games, this time Kindelán losing 19-13. While he retired in triumph, Khan turned pro and won a world title (July 18 2009).

The same day at the same Games saw one of the weirdest interventions in the dramatic history of the Olympic Marathon. Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil was hanging on to his surprise lead with five kilometres to go - when a spectator in a red kilt suddenly jumped out and manhandled him off the road and into the crowd on the other side. Vanderlei was rescued by other onlookers and carried on running. But he was soon caught by former European champion Stefano Baldini of Italy. There was talk of poor Vanderlei being deprived of a gold medal by a lunatic attacker, but his lead had already been slashed and his reaction at the end said it all: delight at winning a bronze medal, not anger at losing something brighter. Britain's Jon Brown ran another superb race to finish fourth for the second Olympics in a row. Mebrahtom Keflezghi, an Eritrean running for the USA, finished second to the impressively strong Baldini, who regained the European title two years later. As for the intrusive spectator, he had previous: the same Neil Horan who'd run along the track at the British Grand Prix the year before (July 20).

From winning shedloads to winning just once but winning everything. This was the only Formula One race Keke Rosberg won in 1982, but it helped him become world champion. Eleven different drivers won Grands Prix that year, so Rosberg became champion with only 44 points, five more than Didier Pironi and Ulster's John Watson. Today Rosberg brought his Williams home ahead of some stellar names in second, third, and fourth: fellow world champions Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, and Nelson Piquet. It was the Swiss Grand Prix only in name: the run was in Dijon in France! It was only the second time it had been held since 1954 and it hasn't been held since.

The first Walker Cup ended today. The Ryder Cup for golfing amateurs. At the National Golf Links of America course in Southampton, New York State. It had a fairytale start for Britain, but a typical downbeat ending. When team captain Robert Harris fell ill, he wasn't replaced by another member of the team but by Bernard Darwin, the golf correspondent of The Times! What should have been an embarrassment turned out to be inspired: Darwin played from scratch, so he was no mug - as he proved by beating the US captain Bill Fownes. But his team mates couldn't match his feat, going down 8-4 to an American squad that included Francis Ouimet, winner of the landmark US Open of 1913, and the brilliant Bobby Jones. Britain didn't win the Cup until 1938 (June 4).

Roger Bannister's great year - and his athletics career - came to an end with another victory in a big event. After breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile (May 6), he won an epic race at the Commonwealth Games (August 7), and now finished first at the European Championships in Berne. It goes without saying that Bannister was at his peak that summer. Much stronger than at the 1950 Olympics (July 26), tall and long-striding, with the strength and speed to sprint off world record pace. Today he was comfortable in sixth place at the bell, moving through down the back straight before exploding round the last bend. He finished five yards clear of the field in a Championship record 3 minutes 43.8 seconds before retiring from the sport.

Big Don Clarke kicked his last points for New Zealand. The first to reach 200 in international rugby union, he added only two today, the conversion of a try by Peter Murdoch, for a final total of 207. The All Blacks had already won this home series against Australia, but today they were surprised 20-5 in Wellington. The following year, Clarke was forced to retire by a recurring knee injury. Carrying 17 stone, colossal for a full-back at the time, probably didn't help.

On the cycling track, Britain's Chris Boardman regained the world pursuit title he'd won in 1994. In the final, he met Italy's Andrea Collinelli, who'd replaced him as Olympic champion the previous month. It was no contest as Boardman broke the world record he'd set the day before.

Jack Kelly, father of actress and princess Grace, won gold in the Olympic single sculls, rowing a second faster than great Briton Jack Beresford, who won the race four years later (July 17).