Blasts from the past: Fordyce cracks 2nd London-Brighton


Blasts from the past: Fordyce cracks 2nd London-Brighton


Today in SA sports history: September 26
1979 — SA welterweight boxing champion Harold Volbrecht is declared fit to defend his belt against “Baby Lux” Kambule on the undercard of the upcoming vacant world heavyweight title bout between Gerrie Coetzee and John Tate at Loftus Versfeld in October. Two weeks before Volbrecht had rolled his car and there were fears he had suffered broken bones, possibly a fractured skull. But it turned out he had nothing more than a cut on the back of his head. Volbrecht would go on to make 19 successful title defences, a South African record for any weight division.
1982 — Double Comrades champion Bruce Fordyce wins his second consecutive London-to-Brighton ultramarathon, but this time South Africans take the next two podium places behind him. Fordyce, in Wits University colours, ended the 87km race in 5hr 18min 36sec, more than four minutes ahead of Graham Fraser of Hillcrest and Dave Anderson of Germiston Callies.

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