Blast from the past: Clarence undercuts Chris for Olympic first

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Blast from the past: Clarence undercuts Chris for Olympic first

Today in SA sports history: August 24

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Today in SA sports history: August 24

1920 — Clarence Walker becomes the first South African boxer to win an Olympic medal when he takes bantamweight gold from Canadian Chris Graham at the Antwerp Games in Belgium. That kick-started a boom for local amateur boxing, with pugilists winning 19 Olympic medals, more than any other code by the time the country was suspended before the 1964 Games. SA finished the 1920 Games with 10 medals, three of them gold. That remains SA’s highest Games tally, matched only twice, in 1952 and 2016.

1963 — The Springboks trail a rugby series against Australia for the first time as they lose the third Test at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park 9-11. The visitors scored the only try of the game to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. Scrumhalf Nelie Smith kicked three penalties for SA. ..

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