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Aug. 23

1995 — Denis Pankratov of Russia breaks a 9-year-old world record in the men's 100-meter butterfly at the European swimming championships in Vienna, Austria, with a time of 52.32 seconds.

1996 — Morocco's Salah Hissou breaks the 10,000-meter record, finishing in 26 minutes, 38.08 seconds in the Van Damme Memorial in Belgium. Hissou cuts 5.45 seconds off mark set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie in 1995.

2001 — Randy Johnson strikes out 16 in seven innings to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 in four straight seasons. Johnson's eight-game winning streak ends as Kevin Young's two-run homer leads Pittsburgh to a 5-1 victory over Arizona.

2004 — The U.S. softball team wins its third straight gold medal with a romp through the Olympics, capped by a 5-1 victory over Australia. Lisa Fernandez pitches a four-hitter and Crystl Bustos homers twice.