Blasts from the past: Daytona win for SuperVan team in ’84
Today in SA sports history: February 6
1981 — Sydney Maree clocks a hand-timed 13min 38.3sec at the Millrose Games in New York, a South African indoor record that has remained to this day.
1982 — Leonard “Wagga Wagga” Likoebe of Kaizer Chiefs scored a hat trick to wrap up the BP Cup in the second leg of the final against Mokoka Swallows Ltd at Orlando Stadium. Chiefs won the match 3-1 and the final 7-2 on aggregate. Likoebe had been a reserve in the first leg.
1982 — Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe wins the Sun City Classic, his fourth victory in five weeks, banking R16,000 and clinching the Sunshine Circuit Order of Merit with two tournaments to play. His season’s earnings of R65,560 were a record for the tour at the time.
1984 — SA racing drivers Sarel van der Merwe, Graham Duxbury and Tony Martin combine to win the Daytona 24-hour classic. Racing in a March 83G, they finished nine laps ahead of the defending champions in a Porsche 935. The SA crew had endured drama along the way, such as running out of petrol after six and a half hours just 800m from the pits. Van der Merwe had to run to the car with enough petrol to get back to the pits to fill up. In total they drove 3,962km in their 640 laps.
1987 — Harold Volbrecht loses in his second world title bid, getting knocked out in the seventh round in Atlantic City by WBA welterweight champion Mark Breland, an Olympic champion for the US at the 1984 Games. Volbrecht came down with flu a few days before the fight and admitted he was surprised when he was cleared to fight at the weigh-in. He lost his first challenge to Pipino Cuevas in 1980.
1999 — Vuyani Bungu stops Victor Lerena of Colombia to make a record 13th defence of his IBF junior-featherweight title at the Carousel casino, north of Pretoria. He eclipsed the SA mark of 12 successful world title defences he had shared with WBA junior-lightweight champion Brian Mitchell. It was the second time Bungu had faced Lerena, having outpointed him in his third defence in April 1995.
2000 — Siyabonga Nomvete heads in a goal as 10-man Bafana Bafana beat co-hosts Ghana 1-0 in their African Nations’ Cup quarterfinal in Kumasi. Nomvete netted a well-weighted cross from Shaun Bartlett in the 42nd minute, but SA had to play a man short after Eric Tinkler was red-carded almost immediately after the restart for flattening Kwame Ayew. He had brought down Otto Addo in the first half.
2004 — Sebastiaan Rothmann loses his IBO cruiserweight title in dramatic fashion, getting stopped in the ninth round when he seemed to be one punch away from a technical knockout victory. Fighting in Sheffield, Rothmann had English veteran Carl Thompson in trouble on the ropes when he got tagged and dropped heavily. A former WBO champion, Thompson still went on to beat David Haye in his next fight.
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