Blast from the past: Corbett stuns the world in Athens

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Blast from the past: Corbett stuns the world in Athens

David Isaacson

Today in SA sports history: August 5

1997 — Marius Corbett stuns the javelin field at the world championships in Athens, winning the competition with a throw of 88.40m, less than 2m ahead of Briton Steve Backley (86.80). The unheralded South African hit the mark on his second attempt, but he would have also won the competition with the 87.40 he managed in the third round.

2006 — Silence Mabuza, stopped in the fourth round by Rafael Marquez the previous year, quits in the ninth round of his rematch against the Mexican IBF bantamweight champion at Lake Tahoe...

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