Blasts from the past: Fordyce nails 2nd London-Brighton

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Blasts from the past: Fordyce nails 2nd London-Brighton

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Today in SA sports history: September 26

1979 — SA welterweight boxing champion Harold Volbrecht is declared fit to defend his belt against “Baby Lux” Kambule on the undercard of the upcoming world heavyweight title bout at Loftus Versfeld in October. Two weeks before Volbrecht had rolled his car and there were fears he had suffered broken bones, possibly a fractured skull. But it turned out he had nothing more than a cut on the back of his head. Volbrecht would go on to make 19 successful title defences, a South African record for any weight division.

1980 — Cape Town schoolboy Jeremy Reingold, 12 at the time, breaks the men’s 200m individual medley world record at a gala at the Newlands swimming pool. He clocked 2min 03.01sec to take nearly a quarter of a second off the mark set by American Bill Barrett nearly two months earlier. Reingold’s record wasn’t officially recognised because SA was banned. The 200m individual medley wasn’t on the Olympic roster at Moscow 1980 (nor Montreal 1976), being brought back only at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Reingold was later a member of the SA under-21 rugby team captained by Francois Pienaar...

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