Blasts from the past: Willie winkles 1924 Olympic crown


Blasts from the past: Willie winkles 1924 Olympic crown


This day in SA sports history: July 20
1924 — Willie Smith keeps the Olympic bantamweight crown in South African hands as he beats American Salvatore Tripoli in the final of the Paris Games. Countryman Clarence Walker had won the same title four years earlier. Smith goes on to win British recognition of the world bantamweight title to become South Africa’s only Olympic boxing medallist to  win any version of a world title.
1996 — The Springboks take on the All Blacks for the first time since beating New Zealand to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Fullback Andre Joubert scores the only try of the match at Lancaster Park in Christchurch, but it is the home team who emerge victorious, winning 15-11. Kiwi flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicked five penalties, while Joel Stransky added two for South Africa.

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