Blasts from the past: Spook gives rebel Windies a skrik


Blasts from the past: Spook gives rebel Windies a skrik


Today in SA sports history: February 12
1955 — Johnny “Smiler” van Rensburg becomes the second SA boxer to win the British Empire featherweight title when he outpointed Joe Lucy over 15 rounds for the vacant belt at the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg. Laurie Stevens first won the crown in 1936. Van Rensburg lost the belt the next year to another South African, Willie Toweel.
1976 — Representatives from Formula One team Lotus begin talks with SA-based Lexington to obtain the services of Ian Scheckter, the older brother of Jody who was already racing abroad for Elf Tyrrell. Ian didn’t have a written contract with the Lexington outfit, but still felt loyal. “They have been good to me for four years in South Africa, and I owe them a lot. I have given them my word.” They agreed he would race for both, first finishing the SA season before going overseas.
1977 — High-jumper Reinhard Schiel floats to a 2.23m SA record in Pretoria, a height that would have earned him silver at the Montreal Olympic Games the previous year. Schiel, a 21-year-old engineering student at Tuks, failed at 2.25m, the height at which the gold medal was won.
1977 — William Mogoregi, 34, wins the 800m at the Free State open championships in what was regarded as a 1min 49.8sec age-group world record.
1983 — Rupert “Spook” Hanley takes a hat trick on his international debut to help the SA cricket team beat the rebel West Indians by 57 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Wanderers. Hanley, brought in as a replacement for Garth le Roux, first got rid of dangerman, skipper Lawrence Rowe (71), taking a good catch off his own bowling, Then he trapped Derek Parry LBW and took another caught and bowled to get rid of Sylvester Clarke. Hanley, 31, finished with 3/25 from from 10 overs. SA won the series 4-1.
1993 — Dingaan Thobela suffers the first defeat of his career, losing on points challenging WBA lightweight champion Tony Lopez in Sacramento, US. Thobela would avenge the loss in a rematch at Sun City a few months later and add a third world title several years later, but even so, from that point of his career onwards, he registered more losses than victories, by 13 to 12, with one draw.
2000 — Bafana Bafana claim third place at the African Nations Cup co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana after beating Tunisia 4-3 in a penalty shootout. Skipper Shaun Bartlett put SA 1-0 up in the 11th minute but Ali Zitouni equalised shortly before the half-hour mark. Siyabonga Nomvete put Bafana back into the lead in the 62nd minute, but Zitouni again equalised, this time with a last-gasp effort with regulation time almost done. Bartlett, the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals, and Nomvete both failed to score in the shootout, as did Zitouni. Fortunately for SA, two other Tunisians failed to score.
2000 — Jan Bergman is knocked out in the fourth round by IBF junior-welterweight champion Zab Judah in Uncasville, US. Bergman, also dropped in the first round, had the satisfaction of becoming the first man to deck Judah, putting him on the canvas in the second round.

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