Blast from the past: SA swimmers crack gold in Oz

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Blast from the past: SA swimmers crack gold in Oz

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Today in sports history: March 16
2006 — South Africa’s Olympic champion 4x100m freestyle relay team downs hometown heroes Australia to win gold on the opening day of Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The team featured three of the four who stunned the world at the 2004 Olympics in Athens — Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns and Ryk Neethling. Gerhard Zandberg was the only new face, coming in for Darian Townsend. Schoeman led South Africa off and put them into a lead they never relinquished, winning in a 3min 14.97sec Games record, with the Australians more than half-a-second behind.  That time, however, was slower than their 3:13.17 world record from two years before.

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