Blast from the past: blistering barefoot record breaker

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Blast from the past: blistering barefoot record breaker

David Isaacson

Today in SA sports history: April 8

1989 — Running barefoot, Evette de Klerk breaks the SA 200m record as she clocks 22.06sec in Polokwane, then known as Pietersburg. That mark was still standing in 2020. On the same day she crossed the line in a 100m race in 10.99, but the wind assistance of 2.3m per second deemed it unofficial. Her 11.06 100m record from 1990 fell only in 2018.

1994 — In the closest match of the eight-ODI series, Australia beat SA by one run in Bloemfontein to tie the series 4-4. The visitors had scored 203/6 in their 50 overs, with three batsmen getting into the 40s. SA got off to a good start, with Andrew Hudson (84) and captain Kepler Wessels putting on 82 for the opening partnership. But the batsmen lost momentum and eventually ended on 202/8 at the end of their innings...

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