Blasts from the past: Spence third as 45sec 400m cracked


Blasts from the past: Spence third as 45sec 400m cracked

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: September 6
1960 — Malcolm Spence takes the 400m bronze at the Rome Olympic Games, with the first two runners breaking 45 seconds for the first time. Spence clocked 45.5sec, just one-tenth of a second in front of India’s Milkha Singh. In front of him, US gold medallist Otis Davis and runner-up Carl Kaufmann of a united German team were credited with a world record 44.9sec, separated by a photo finish. It would take another eight years for the 44-second barrier to fall, and 50 years later the 43 second mark has not been broken, with Wayde van Niekerk the closest on 43.03.
1980 — Bushy Bester gives his best but loses in his bid for the WBA junior-middleweight crown, losing on points to Ayub Kalule of Uganda in Denmark. Bester lost his SA title to Gert Steyn a few months later, but carried on boxing until 1983, winning his last seven bouts.

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