Blasts from the past: A second Olympic gong for Cameron
Today in SA sports history: August 7
1948 — Vic Toweel loses a controversial decision to Arnoldo Parés of Argentina in the first round of the bantamweight competition at the London Olympics. Had Toweel won, his next opponent would have been Australia’s Jimmy Carruthers, who later handed the South African his first professional defeat while relieving him of his world bantamweight crown. Carruthers beat Parés, but he was unfit to fight Hungarian Tibor Csik in the next round. Csik went on to win the bantamweight gold.
1992 — SA enjoys a silver return to the Olympics when they bag two medals at the Barcelona Olympics. Tennis players Wayne Ferreira and Piet Norval settle for silver in the men’s doubles when they are beaten in four sets in the final by Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich. That evening, distance star Elana Meyer finished second in the women’s 10,000m behind Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu...
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