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Blast from the past: Nice one, Sid, for gold in 1928 Olympics

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Blast from the past: Nice one, Sid, for gold in 1928 Olympics

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Today in SA sports history: August 1
1928 — Sidney Atkinson, runner-up four years earlier, wins the 110m hurdles gold at the Amsterdam Olympics with fellow South African George Weightman-Smith ending fifth. Weightman-Smith — 21st in his second event, the javelin throw — took the lead briefly early in the race, but Atkinson delivered the best kick to clinch the win ahead of Americans Steve Anderson and John Collier. Atkinson was the only South African to upgrade a podium position from one Games to the next for nearly a century, until Caster Semenya took the 800m gold at Rio 2016.

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