Blasts from the past: Muir destroys Olympic medallists

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Blasts from the past: Muir destroys Olympic medallists

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Today in SA sports history: March 1
1966 — In a race billed as the “Olympic final that never was”, Karen Muir breaks the 110-yard backstroke world record at Durban’s beach baths, beating local rival Ann Fairlie, France’s Kiki Caron and American Cathy Ferguson. Ferguson and Caron were the gold and silver medallists in this event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, from which SA had been barred. Muir’s time was 68 seconds, which would translated into 67.5sec over the shorter but official 100m, 0.1sec quicker than Ferguson’s world record.
1997 — Unheralded Jerry Malinga is stopped in the third round by England’s WBU junior-welterweight champion Shea Neary in Liverpool.
2003 — Jan Bergman’s tenure as a world title contender effectively comes to an end when he’s stopped in the seventh round by England’s IBO welterweight titleholder Jawaid Khaliq at Carnival City. It had been a seesaw fight with both fighters getting decked twice each before the South African was felled with a shot that opened a terrible cut above his eye. Bergman had vacated the WBU welterweight title to challenge for the IBO belt. On the same card, SA super-middleweight champion Andre Thysse pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career as he outpointed fancied Englishman David Starie to lift the Commonwealth title.

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