Blast from the past: Smith boxes his way into the history books

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Blast from the past: Smith boxes his way into the history books

Today in SA sports history: July 20

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Today in SA sports history: July 20

1924 — Willie Smith keeps the Olympic bantamweight crown in South African hands as he beats American Salvatore Tripoli in the final of the Paris Games. Countryman Clarence Walker won the same title four years earlier. As a professional, Smith won British recognition of the world bantamweight title to become SA’s only Olympic boxing medallist to win any version of a world title.

1974 — Jody Scheckter wins his second F1 championship race, taking the British GP after leader Niki Lauder was forced into the pits late with tyre trouble. Second-placed Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil was more than 15 seconds behind and Jacky Ickx of Belgium a further 46 seconds back. Scheckter went on to finish the championship in third spot, 10 points behind triumphant Fittipaldi...

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