Blast from the past: Two one-two finishes for SA Olympians


Blast from the past: Two one-two finishes for SA Olympians

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: July 14

1912 — Ken McArthur and Christian Gitsham give SA their second one-two finish of the Stockholm Olympics, in the marathon. McArthur, after whom the athletics stadium in Potchefstroom is named, won in 2hr 36min 54.8sec ahead of Gitsham (2:37:52) and American Gaston Strobino (2:38:42.4). Tennis players Charles Winslow and Harry Kitson did it in the singles competition a week or so earlier, but it’s a feat no other South Africans have managed since. The double pushed SA’s total tally to four golds and two silver, still the country’s best haul of gold medals from one Olympics.

1956 — The Springboks go down 6-10 to the All Blacks in Dunedin in the opening match of their four-test series. Centre Peewee Howe scored SA’s only try on his international debut. Fullback Roy Dryburgh added a penalty...

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