Blasts from the past: Bronze for Penny in her final race


Blasts from the past: Bronze for Penny in her final race


Today in SA sports history: September 18
1965 — The Springboks suffer what is then their biggest margin of defeat as they lose the final fourth Test against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland by 3-20. Lock Tiny Naude landed a lone penalty for the visitors, who leaked five tries on the day. The 17-point margin eclipsed the 15-point deficit they’d suffered against Australia in Durban in 1933.
2000 — Penny Heyns, the 100m and 200m breaststroke Olympic champion from four years earlier, takes the bronze in the shorter race in 1min 07.55sec at the Sydney Games to capture her third career Olympic medal. Just behind her in fourth was 17-year-old compatriot Sarah Poewe, who would have taken the silver had she equalled the 1:07.48 she had swum in the semifinals the previous night. With two golds and a bronze Heyns matched SA’s then top haul of tennis player Charles Winslow from 1912 and 1920. She would retire two days later after swimming the 200m breaststroke heats so slowly that she missed qualifying for the semifinals.

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