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This Date in History: July 30

This Date in History: July 30

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2013: Katie Ledecky crushes 1,500 freestyle world record by 6 seconds

2013 — Katie Ledecky crushes the world record in the 1,500 freestyle for her second gold medal at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain. The 16-year-old American finishes with in 15:36.53 to beat the previous mark by more than 6 seconds — Kate Ziegler’s 15:42.54 in 2007.

Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m freestyle final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Ledecky set a new word record of 15:36.53. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

JULY 30

2016

Ariya Jutanugarn sets a 54-hole scoring record at the Women’s British Open with a 16-under par 200.

2015

Texas A&M women’s assistant tennis coach Mark Weaver was promoted to head coach by athletic director Eric Hyman. Weaver, 42, replaced Howard Joffe, who resigned on June 30 after four years at A&M to take the same position at Texas. Weaver played for A&M from 1990 to 1994 under former coach David Kent. He served as a volunteer assistant for the women’s team under Bobby Kleinecke for six years, then as an assistant coach for Kleinecke for four years and an assistant coach during Joffe’s four years at A&M.

2013

Katie Ledecky crushed the world record in the 1,500 freestyle for her second gold medal at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain. The 16-year-old American finished in 15:36.53 to beat the previous mark by more than 6 seconds — Kate Ziegler’s 15:42.54 in 2007.

2012

At the London Games, Missy Franklin won the women’s 100-meter backstroke. The 17-year-old American had a 13-minute break after taking the final qualifying spot in the 200 freestyle semifinals before swimming the backstroke final.

2004

Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva broke the pole vault world record for the third time in five weeks, clearing 16 feet, 3/4 inches in London.

1996

The U.S. won the first Olympic softball gold medal, beating China 3-1 behind a controversial two-run homer from Dot Richardson.

1990

Arkansas announced its intention to leave the Southwest Conference for the Southeastern Conference and expected to play a league schedule by 1992. It was the second big move of the year after Penn State joined the Big Ten in May.

A&M Consolidated guard Roosevelt Moore and Texas A&M signee Artie Griffin from San Antonio Lee combined for 33 points to lead the South to a 135-115 victory over the North in the annual Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Basketball Game at Texas Southern University. 

1976

Bruce Jenner set the world record in the Olympic decathlon with 8,618 points, breaking Nikolai Avilov’s mark by 164 points.

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