Blasts from the past: Rowan wins inaugural ’21 Comrades
Today in SA sports history: May 24
1921 — Bill Rowan wins the first edition of the Comrades Marathon, completing the course from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in 8hrs 59min 00sec. The race was staged on Empire Day, May 24, for the first 30 years. Arthur Newton won the first of his five titles in 1922 while Frances Hayward became the first female winner in 1923.
1986 — The Springboks score four tries to trounce the New Zealand Cavaliers 33-18 in the third Test at Loftus Versfeld to lead the four-match series 2-1. Naas Botha, Danie Gerber, Jaco Reinach and Uli Schmidt scored the tries for the home team.
2000 — Baby Jake Matlala’s bid to win a fourth world title ends in failure when he is comprehensively outboxed by England’s WBU flyweight champion Peter Culshaw at Carnival City. On the same bill, Cassius Baloyi knocked out former world champion Hector Lizarraga of Mexico in the first round to retain his WBU featherweight strap. And Hawk Makepula kept his WBU junior-flyweight belt by outpointing Marcos Obregon of Argentina.
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