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Blast from the past: World champ Ballington blazes to Austrian GP win

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Today in SA sports history: April 29

1978 — Pierre Mans is beaten 25-18 in the world snooker championship final by five-time title-holder Ray “Dracula” Reardon of Wales in Sheffield, England. The best-of-49-frame final was a hard-fought battle in the early stages, with “Perrie” Mans trailing just 17-18 on the final day before Reardon surged ahead. That remains SA’s best performance at the world championships.

1979 — World champion Kork Ballington and Jon Ekerold give SA a one-two finish in the 350cc race at the Austrian motorcycling Grand Prix at Salzburgring. Ballington set a 1 min 25.29 sec lap record as he averaged 176,52 kmph to win the race in 50:37.06, 22 seconds ahead of Ekerold. ..

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