Blasts from the past: Silver and a sliver of bad luck for SA
Today in SA sports history: August 7
1948 — Vic Toweel, who would go on to become South Africa’s only undisputed world boxing champion, is rated as one of South Africa’s best medal chances at the London Olympics. But he loses a controversial decision to Arnoldo Parés of Argentina in the first round of the bantamweight competition. Had Toweel won, his next opponent would have been Australia’s Jimmy Carruthers, who later handed the South African his first professional defeat while relieving him of his crown. Carruthers beat Parés, but he was unfit to fight Hungarian Tibor Csik in the next round. Csik went on to win the bantamweight gold.
1992 — South Africa enjoys a silver return to the Olympics when they bag two medals at the Barcelona Olympics. Tennis players Wayne Ferreira and Piet Norval settle for silver in the men’s doubles when they are beaten in four sets in the final by Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich. That evening, distance star Elana Meyer finished second in the women’s 10,000m behind Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu.
2016 — Cameron van der Burgh wins his second Olympic medal as he takes silver in the 100m breaststroke behind Englishman Adam Peaty at the Rio Games. Peaty won in a 57.13sec world record with Van der Burgh touching in 58.69, ahead of third-placed American Cody Miller in 58.87.
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