Blasts from the past: What kind of No 8 lands a drop goal?
Today in SA sports history: August 24
1920 — Clarence Walker becomes the first South African boxer to win an Olympic medal when he takes bantamweight gold at the Antwerp Games. That kickstarted a boom for local amateur boxing, with pugilists winning 19 Olympic medals – more than any other code by the time the country was suspended before the 1964 Games. SA finished the 1920 Games with 10 medals, three of them gold. That remains SA’s highest Games tally, matched only twice, in 1952 and 2016.
1996 — For the only time in Springbok history, South Africa lose a Test series against the All Blacks on home soil. The visitors scored three tries as they ran out 33-26 winners in the second Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Boks also dotted down three times, through scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen, flank Ruben Kruger and lock Hannes Strydom, but the accuracy of New Zealand’s kickers made the difference. Eighthman Zinzan Brooke landed a drop for the visitors.
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