1940 in sports
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1940 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s|
|Years:||1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943|
- Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War II
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
- The 10th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are cancelled due to World War II
- The Chicago Bears defeat the Washington Redskins 73–0 in the NFL championship game.
- This game still holds records for the highest score and biggest win in National Football League history.
- La Liga – won by Athletic Aviación Club
- Serie A – won by S.S. Ambrosiana-Inter
- Primeira Liga – won by F.C. Porto.
- There is no major football competition in England, Scotland or France due to World War II. In England, several regional leagues are set up but statistics from these are not counted in players’ figures.
- The 1940 Summer Olympics to be held in Helsinki, were cancelled due to outbreak of World War II. The major international athletics event of the year was thus the annual Finland-Sweden athletics international, held at the new Helsinki Olympic Stadium, exceptionally held as a triple international between Finland, Sweden and Germany.
- Victorian Football League
- South Australian National Football League
- Western Australian National Football League
- 4 October – Henry Armstrong loses the last of his three world titles when defeated by new World Welterweight Champion Fritzie Zivic over fifteen rounds in New York City
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Joe Louis
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Billy Conn
- World Middleweight Championship – vacant
- World Welterweight Championship – Henry Armstrong → Fritzie Zivic
- World Lightweight Championship – Lou Ambers → Lew Jenkins
- World Featherweight Championship – Joey Archibald → Harry Jeffra
- World Bantamweight Championship – vacant → Lou Salica
- World Flyweight Championship – vacant
- Because of World War II, no first-class cricket is played in England from 1940 to 1944, and the Minor Counties Championship is similarly not contested until 1946.
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Don Bradman, 1475 @ 122.61 (HS 267)
- Most wickets – Clarrie Grimmett 73 @ 22.65 (BB 6–57)
- The Currie Cup is not contested, but a total of nineteen first-class friendly matches are held. Inter-provincial cricket is abandoned after the 1939–40 season until the end of the war.
- Most runs – Eric Rowan, 590 @ 147.50 (HS 306 not out)
- Most wickets – Norman Gordon 28 @ 14.92 (BB 6–61)
- No first-class cricket is played in the 1939–40 season due to the outbreak of World War II, though in later years a few matches are arranged.
World Figure Skating Championships
- not contested due to World War II
- Masters Tournament – Jimmy Demaret
- U.S. Open – Lawson Little
- British Open – not played due to World War II
- PGA Championship – Byron Nelson
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Old Rowley
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Willie the Kid
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – not held due to World War II
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Turkhan
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
1940 Winter Olympics
1940 Summer Olympics
The Boat Race
- Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is not contested due to World War II
- Five Nations Championship series is not contested due to World War II
Speed Skating World Championships
- not contested due to World War II
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Adrian Quist (Australia) defeats Jack Crawford (Australia) 6–3, 6–1, 6–2
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) 5–7, 6–4, 6–0
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – not contested
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – not contested
- French Men's Singles Championship – not contested
- French Women's Singles Championship – not contested
- American Men's Singles Championship – Don McNeill (USA) defeats Bobby Riggs (USA) 4–6, 6–8, 6–3, 6–3, 7–5
- American Women's Singles Championship – Alice Marble (USA) defeats Helen Jacobs (USA) 6–2, 6–3
- 1940 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested
- In a single game, from 1940 to 2013, in the regular season and playoffs, requiring Points For >= 60, sorted by ascending Date.
- "West Australian Football League: Highest Scores". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Cyber Boxing Zone
- "Cycling-Tour de France list of winners". Eurosport UK. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2021.