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The 1970s like any other past years included a decade of memorable sports highlights and record-breaking feats Some of these feats were thought to be unbreakable but in later years those theories were proven dead wrong One of the first major sports accomplishments in the 70s was Mark Spitz winning seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics in Munich West Germany This indeed was a record and one that still has not been broken to this day Spitz dominated the swimming events like no other athlete before or since His commitment dedication and enthusiasm helped him to become the extraordinary competitor that he was Spitz ended up winning the gold medal in the following events all in world record time 200-meter butterfly 400-meter freestyle 200-meter freestyle 100-meter butterfly 100-meter freestyle and the 400-meter team relay The next major happening was in horse racing when Secretariat won the Triple Crown challenge The horse was a proven powerhouse in its sport Secretariat destroyed the competition winning all three races including The Kentucky Derby The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes On September 20 1973 history was made in tennis when female Billie Jean King defeated her male challenger Bobby Riggs in a match known as The Battle of the Sexes The match was endlessly promoted up to and even after it had taken place In the end the cocky 55-year-old Riggs lost to King After being called a male chauvinist pig Riggs is now credited with making womens tennis and womens athletics as a whole the giants that they are today The next event that topped sports in the 1970s was Henry Hank Aaron setting a new record for most career home runs Aarons record 755 home runs to date has still not been broken It has been and will continue to be a target for players to shoot for October 1st 1975 was a big day in professional boxing Muhammad Ali became a three-time champion winning
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