Blasts from the past: Dreaded Olympics fourth place for SA


Blasts from the past: Dreaded Olympics fourth place for SA


Today in SA sports history: July 19

1908 —  Charles Hefferon becomes the first South African to finish fourth at an Olympics, an unfortunate result that  afflicted SA at every Games it competed at up until and including Rio 2016. Hefferon missed the podium in the five miles event by less than seven seconds, failing to hold on after taking the lead with two laps to go. But he had the consolation of winning a marathon medal five days later.

1997 — Fresh from losing the series against the Lions, the Springboks are beaten 32-35 by the All Blacks in a Tri-Nations match at Ellis Park. New Zealand centre  Frank Bunce scored two of his team’s four tries, with the Springboks retaliating with only two of their own, through fullback Russell Bennett and hooker Naka Drotske. Flyhalf Jannie de Beer kept the margin tight with two conversions, four penalties and two drops...

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