Blasts from the past: SA pair crack sculls at world champs
Today in SA sports history: August 30
2014 — Rowers James Thompson and John Smith win SA’s first-ever world championship gold as they power to victory in the lightweight men’s double sculls in Amsterdam. Their 6min 05.36sec winning time over the 2,000m course is also a world best. Making their feat even more impressive is that the pair, both in the Olympic champion lightweight four two years earlier, had only months earlier switched to sculls, where rowers use two blades, from the single sweep-oar. On the same day, Shaun Keeling and Vince Breet took bronze in the men’s pair.
2015 — Sunette Viljoen wins her second world championship medal as she takes the bronze in the women’s javelin at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Viljoen’s 65.79m in the fourth round put her into the lead, but she was overhauled by China’s Lu Huihui (66.13m) in the fifth round and Katharina Molitor of Germany ( 67.69m) in the final sixth round.
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