Blasts from the past: Wayde smashes 400m Games record
Today in SA sports history: August 14
1937 — The Springboks lose their tour opener against the All Blacks at Athletic Park in Wellington 7-13. Legendary winger DO Williams scores the only try for the visitors, with centre Jimmy White adding a drop. New Zealand flyer John Dick dotted down for the hosts and flyhalf David Trevathan added a drop and two penalties.
2004 — The Springboks trounce the All Blacks 40-26 at Ellis Park to keep their Tri Nations hopes alive. Centre Marius Joubert scored a hat trick of tries, with wings Jean de Villiers and Breyton Paulse also crossing the line.
2016 — Wayde van Niekerk breaks Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world 400m record as he wins Olympic gold at the Rio Games. The South African clocked 43.03sec to smash the 43.18 mark the American had set at the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain.
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