Blast from the past: SA comes stone last - by a whisker


Blast from the past: SA comes stone last - by a whisker


Today in sports history: March 29
2007 — Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling compete in the final of the men’s 100m freestyle at the world championships in Melbourne. The duo had won the silver and bronze medals at the previous showpiece in Montreal in 2005, but this time they ended second last and last respectively. But it was no disgrace. The gap between last-placed Neethling and the gold medal — shared by defending champion Filippo Magnini of Italy and Canadian Brent Hayden — was a mere 0.38sec, making it the closest 100m freestyle final since before the championships became a biennial event in 2001. But that was the last time Schoeman and Neethling, second and fourth at the 2004 Olympics, made the 100m freestyle final at a major gala.

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