Blasts from the past: Hekkie shuts the gate on Silvestre


Blasts from the past: Hekkie shuts the gate on Silvestre


Today in SA sports history: February 21
1966 — Ann Fairlie upstages Karen Muir in her home town of Kimberley, relieving the 13-year-old of her 110-yard backstroke world record. More than 4,000 people crowded into the Queen’s Park swimming bath to watch Jeppe High School pupil Fairlie, 17, touch first in 68.6sec to beat the 68.7 mark Muir had set in Blackpool in August the previous year. Muir was second in 68.8. For dinner before the race, Fairlie ate grilled steak, pressed tomato, beetroot, ice cream and a glass of fresh orange juice at her hotel, but not “the lovely, fluffy doughnuts”.
1993 — Pakistan complete a third consecutive ODI victory over the Proteas, beating them by 22 runs at Centurion in the Tri Series also featuring the West Indies. Pakistan scored 220/8 and then restricted the hosts to 198/9.
1999 — Mzukisi Sikali finishes off Italian Mercurio Ciaramitaro in the fifth round in Masala, Sicily, to retain his marginal WBU junior-bantamweight title.
2010 — In a nailbiting finish, SA lose to India by one run in Jaipur in the first match of their ODI series. Chasing 299 for victory, Wayne Parnell, with 48 from 46 balls, needs to hit three runs off the last ball, but gets run out trying for the second.
2015 — Hekkie Budler retains his WBA and IBO strawweight titles as he outpoints Jesus Silvestre of Mexico in Monte Carlo.

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