Blasts from the past: Ryk and the lads storm 2004 Olympics

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Blasts from the past: Ryk and the lads storm 2004 Olympics

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Today in SA sports history: August 15

1936 — Boxer Charles Catterall bags SA’s only medal of the Berlin Olympics, taking silver after losing on points in the featherweight final against Oscar Casanovas of Argentina. Catterall had to beat Germany’s Josef Miner in the semifinals and Theodore Kara of the US in the fourth round. This remained SA’s worst Olympic performance until it was matched by the team at Beijing 2008. Catterall’s teammate, light-heavyweight Robey Leibbrandt, finished fourth after being unable to contest the bronze medal match because of injury. While black US track-and-field star Jesse Owens was defying the Nazis and their theories of racial superiority, Leibbrandt was being seduced by them. He fought for Germany during World War 2, carrying out clandestine operations in SA before being arrested and sentenced to death. He was later released from prison.

1981 — The Springboks lose their opening Test against the All Blacks on their controversial tour of New Zealand. The hosts ran in three tries through flyhalf Doug Rollerson, flanker Mark Shaw and centre Stu Wilson to win 14-9 at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. Lock Hennie Bekker scored SA’s only try, with flyhalf Naas Botha adding the conversion and a drop...

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