Blasts from the past: Simon Magakwe bursts under 10sec


Blasts from the past: Simon Magakwe bursts under 10sec

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Today in SA sports history: April 12
1976 — SA Rugby Board president Dr Danie Craven says that if a “multinational” SA team – his term for a mixed race side – were to play, they would not wear the Springbok badge because it was reserved for white teams. “The leaping Springbok, registered by the SA Rugby Board, has been associated with whites since 1891 and is their traditional emblem. The proteas of the Coloured team and the leopard of the African team both have their own traditions and history ... If all races played with a Springbok badge what would the whites wear when they plan on their own?” he said in a Rand Daily Mail report. Craven was commenting on reports that rugby was the only major sport not wanting the Springbok to worn by all race groups, and he was roundly criticised for his stance. Even the Springbok captain at the time, Morne du Pless, disagreed with Craven, saying he could see no reason why a side chosen on merit to represent SA should not wear the springbok emblem. Six months later, however, Craven was singing a different tune: “When the day dawns when there will only be mixed SA teams, and we, the Coloureds and the Blacks decide to have the Springbok as our emblem for such teams, we shall gladly share it with them.” His change of heart coincided with a warning by New Zealand prime minister Robert Muldoon to discourage sporting bodies from touring SA. The All Blacks had toured earlier in the year.
1976 — Cricketer Baboo Ebrahim takes six wickets in the four-day match to help his SA Invitation side beat the International Wanderers, captained by Australian Greg Chappell, by 122 runs at Kingsmead in Durban. For many observers, the performance of the spinner, who finished with match figures of 6/66, was proof that cricketers of colour were of the same standard as their white counterparts. His scalps included Chappell, England’s Mike Denness and West Indian John Shepherd, all international cricketers. The victory meant that the Invitation team ended the three-match series against the Wanderers level on 1-1.1986 — Myrtle Bothma becomes the first SA woman to break 54 seconds in the 400m hurdles as she clocks a 53.95sec national record in Johannesburg. Bothma would lower her mark even further, and more than 30 years later no other SA hurdler had managed to dip under 54 seconds, let alone break her mark.1992 — Kepler Wessels hits 45 from 77 balls to top-score for SA in their third and final one-day international against the West Indies in Port of Spain. SA post 189/6 in their 50 overs, but the hosts romp home by seven wickets after Phil Simmons makes a century. The West Indies win the ODI series 3-0 before heading into a one-off Test against SA.
2014 — Simon Magakwe becomes the first South African to break 10 seconds in a 100m race as he wins his sixth consecutive national title in 9.98sec in Pretoria. In the same race are three sprinters who will go on to run faster than him – second-placed Akani Simbine (9.89), fourth-placed Henricho Bruintjies (9.97) and sixth-placed Thando Roto (9.95). Magakwe would be banned for two years after refusing to be dope-tested – he claimed he was rushing to visit his ill mother in hospital – but he returned to win a seventh SA title in 2017.

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