Blast from the past: Zandberg strikes world championship gold in Melbourne
Today in SA sports history: April 1
1992 — Two Western Province batsmen score centuries in the Benson & Hedges night series final at the Wanderers, but it was the ton crafted by SA captain Kepler Wessels that steered Eastern Province to victory by six wickets with five deliveries remaining. Terence Lazard (108 not out) and Adrian Kuiper (107 not out) put on 193 for the third wicket to steer their side to 244/3 in their 45 overs. But Wessels made 103 and Mark Rushmere 64 to ensure EP lifted the trophy. It was the first time three centuries were scored in the final of this limited overs competition.
2007 — Gerhard Zandberg wins gold in the 50m backstroke on the final day of the world championships in Melbourne, adding to Roland Schoeman’s 50 butterfly gold and Cameron van der Burgh’s 50m breaststroke bronze. All three of SA’s medals were in non-Olympic events, which didn’t bode well for the Beijing Games the following year, when SA’s swimmers failed to reach the podium. As a result, Swimming SA insisted swimmers could not specialise in non-Olympic events, forcing them to at least qualify in races that are on the Games roster...
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