Blast from the past: Atkinson kicks it up in Amsterdam

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Blast from the past: Atkinson kicks it up in Amsterdam

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Today in SA sports history: August 1

1928 — Sidney Atkinson, runner-up four years earlier, wins the 110m hurdles gold at the Amsterdam Olympics with fellow South African George Weightman-Smith ending fifth. Weightman-Smith – 21st in his second event, the javelin throw – took the lead briefly early in the race, but Atkinson delivered the best kick to clinch the win ahead of Americans Steve Anderson and John Collier. 

1998 — Mzukisi Sikali, the SA junior-flyweight champion, steps up two divisions to win the marginal WBU junior-bantamweight belt by stopping Luigi Castiglione in the eighth round in Acona, Italy. That was the only stoppage defeat of the Italian’s career...

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