Blast from the past: Saffer double aces Stockholm Games

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Blast from the past: Saffer double aces Stockholm Games

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Today in SA sports history: July 5

1912 — Charles Winslow and Harry Kitson, who had been crowned Olympic doubles champions the day before, face off for the singles title in an all-SA clash at Stockholm 1912. Watched by the king of Sweden, Winslow beats Kitson, 15 years his senior, 7-5 4-6 10-8 8-6 to become the first South African to win two gold medals at a single Games. The next time would be 84 years later, by swimmer Penny Heyns at Atlanta 1996. The men’s tennis singles competition was one of two events where SA took gold and silver in Stockholm, with the marathon runners repeating the feat more than a week later.

1957 — Bobby Locke wins his fourth and final British Open crown to end the winning streak of Australian Peter Thompson. The South African scored a nine-under-par 279 over the St Andrews old course to see off Thompson, who had won the three previous editions, by three shots...

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