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Blast from the past: And the Oscar goes to the Chalupsky brothers


Blast from the past: And the Oscar goes to the Chalupsky brothers

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: May 21

1983 — Former Wits University goalie Gary Bailey, playing for Manchester United, makes a critical save in the dying moments of the FA Cup final at a packed Wembley Stadium in London against Brighton to force a replay. Bailey smothered Gordon Smith’s effort with 10 seconds of the match remaining, keeping the score 2-2. “It was the most important save of my life but I confess it was pure instinct,” said Bailey, whose team went on to win the replay 4-0.

1989 — Oscar Chalupsky wins his seventh straight Molokai Challenge in Hawaii, a 48km unofficial world championship ocean race from Molokai to Oahu. In the process he beat American Greg Barton, the reigning Olympic K1 and K2 1,000m champion. Chalupsky was banned from competing there after that,because of sanctions against apartheid SA. He had always competed for a Hawaiian kayak club, although everybody had known he was South African. Chalupsky’s canoeist father Paul had given up his German passport to compete for SA, only to miss out on the Olympics when SA was barred from the Games, starting with Tokyo 1964...

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