Blasts from the past: Cricket World Cup 1992
Today in sporting history
Today in sports history: February 29/March 1
February 29 1992 — South Africa’s cricketers come down to earth with a bump at their maiden World Cup when they are comprehensively beaten by New Zealand in Auckland, in their second game of the tournament. South Africa were on a high after beating co-hosts Australia, also the defending champions, in the opening match of the tournament. Batting first in the second match, South Africa scored 190/7, but the Kiwis, spearheaded by Mike Greatbatch, raced to victory in the 35th over. Both teams went on to make the semifinals.
March 1 1966 — In a race billed as the Olympic final that never was, Karen Muir breaks the 110-yard backstroke world record at Durban’s beach baths, beating local rival Ann Fairlie, France’s Kiki Caron and American Cathy Ferguson. Ferguson and Caron were the gold and silver medallists in this event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, from which South Africa had been barred. Muir’s time was 68 seconds, which would translate into 67.5sec over the shorter but official 100m, 0.1sec quicker than Ferguson’s world record.