Sporting milestones

As part of International Women's Day on Sky Sports, we look at some key dates through the years as women make their mark on world sport.

Last Updated: 04/03/13 2:58pm

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Celebrate International Women's Day in style on Friday with Sky Sports.

Throughout the day we'll bring you stirring stories and insightful interviews that champion inspirational women in sport and honour their achievements.

And to kick things off, we look at how women have made their mark on world sport through the decades.

1552 - Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), an avid golfer, coins the term "caddy" by calling her assistants cadets. It is during her reign that the famous golf course at St. Andrews is built.

1805 - Englishwoman Alicia Meynell, riding as Mrs. Thornton, defeats a leading male jockey, Buckle, in a race.

1867 - St. Andrew's in Scotland is the first ladies golf club.

1881 - Edith Johnson of England sets the world's endurance indoor swimming record at 31 hours. The record holds until 1928.

1884 - Women's singles tennis competition is added to Wimbledon. Maud Watson of Great Britain wins in both 1884 and 1885.

1887 - Lottie Dod of Great Britain wins the women's Wimbledon Championship five times between 1887 and 1893.

1900 - Charlotte Cooper is the first British women to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the women's singles tennis.

1927 - Mercedez Gleitze becomes first British woman to swim the English Channel on October 7.

1929 - Fay Taylour represents GB in Australian Speedway Championships and wins.

Anita Lonsbrough won gold in Rome at the 1960 Olympics

1933 - English Jockey Judy Johnson rides three winners in a single day on October 7 at Commack, New York.

1952 - Jeannette Altwegg wins the figure skating gold at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo - the first individual gold medal won by a British woman in the Winter Olympics.

1960 - Anita Lonsbrough becomes the first female BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning Olympic gold at Rome in the Women's 200m Breaststroke.

1964 - Mary Rand becomes the first British women to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics after winning the long jump.

1964 - After disappointment in the 400 metres Britain's Ann Packer becomes the first British women to win gold on the track winning the Women's 800 metres, an event she'd only ran five times prior to the games.

1967 - Beryl Burton beats all competitors in a 12-hour continuous race in Otley. It's the first time a woman had ever won a mixed athletic race.

1969 - Anne Jones wins the Women's Singles at Wimbledon. She'd previously won the French Open twice in 1961 and 1966. She was also a finalist in the table tennis world championships in 1957.

1972 - Mary Peters wins the Women's Pentathlon at the Munich Olympics.

1977 - Virginia Wade wins Wimbledon in the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Wade also won the Australian Open in 1972 and US Open in 1968. She remains the last Britain to win a Tennis Grand Slam event.

1984 - Tessa Sanderson wins gold in the javelin at the LA Olympics.

1986/87 - Fatima Whitbread break the javelin world record with a throw of 77.44m in the qualifying round of the European Championships . She wins gold there and at the World Championships the follow year in Rome.

1987 - Laura Davies wins the US Women's Open, the first British women to win a golf major and her first of four major titles.

1992/93 - Sally Gunnel wins gold at the 1992 Olympics in the 400m hurdles. She follows it up twelve months later at the World Championships, winning gold in a new world record time.

Jane Torvill, Tessa Sanderson, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sharron Davies have all made their mark

1996 - Laura Davies becomes the first women's golfer in a decade to win two majors in one year.

2000 - Denise Lewis in the Women's heptathlon and Shirley Robertson in the Women's Europe class individual sailing win gold for Britain at the Sydney Olympics.

2001 - Ellen MacArthur finishes second in the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world sailing race.

2002 - Rhona Martin leads the British women's curling team to the nation's first Winter Olympic gold since 1984.

2004 - Dame Kelly Holmes wins double gold at the Athens Olympics coming home first in the 800m and 1500m. The first British athlete to achieve the double since Albert Hill in 1920.

2004 - Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson wins the last of her 11 career Paralympic gold medals in Athens.

2008 - Rebecca Adlington takes double gold in swimming at the Beijing Olympics, winning the 400m and 800m freestyle

2008 - Nicole Cooke, Rebecca Romero and Victoria Pendleton all take gold for GB in cycling at the Olympics.

2008 - GB women win 7 gold medals in total at the Beijing games, our best ever tally.

2010 - Amy Williams wins gold in the Skeleton Bob at the Winter Olympics.

2012 - Great Britain wins 29 gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics with stars including Jessica Ennis, Laura Trott and boxer Nicola Adams leading the way.

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