Blasts from the past: Silver for SA’s marathon man in 1908
Today in SA sports history: July 24
1908 — Charles Hefferon, five days after finishing fourth in the five-mile race at the London Olympics, wins South Africa’s second medal of the Games, taking silver in the marathon. Hefferon led for nine miles in the marathon, from Windsor Castle to the Olympic stadium in Shepherd’s Bush. He went to the front after 15 miles and stayed there until after the 24-mile mark, where he was chased down by Italian Pietri Dorando and then Johnny Hayes of the US.But in a dramatic finish that was to popularise the 42.2km event, Dorando collapsed soon after entering the stadium, and received assistance before stumbling over the line first in 2hr 54min 46.4sec. But he was disqualified because of the aid he was given, promoting Hayes (2:55:18.4) to the gold and Hefferon (2:56:06) to silver.
1976 — The Springboks beat the All Blacks 16-7 in the opening Test of the four-match series in Durban. The Boks scored two tries through their wingers, Edrich Krantz and Gerrie Germishuys. Flyhalf Gerald Bosch added a conversion and a penalty, and fullback Ian Robertson nailed a drop. Lyn Jaffray scored New Zealand’s only try with Bryan Williams adding a penalty.
2004 — The Springboks outscore the All Blacks three tries to one at Lancaster Park in Wellington, but they still lose the Tri Nations match 21-23. Dan Carter, playing at inside centre, slotted five penalties for the home side and flyhalf Carlos Spencer one. Winger Doug Howlett scored their only try. South Africa would go on to win the Tri Nations.
2010 — South Africa and Australia score two tries apiece in a Tri Nations match in Brisbane, but the Wallabies win easily 30-13 after converting six penalty kicks. The Springboks did win the yellow card count 2-1, however, with centre Jaque Fourie and prop BJ Botha getting sin-binned. Australian flyhalf Quade Cooper was the third player sent off in the match. Fourie and Gurthro Steenkamp scored South Africa’s tries, with flyhalf Morne Steyn adding a penalty.
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