Blast from the past: Teen sensation Karen Muir smashes world ...


Blast from the past: Teen sensation Karen Muir smashes world record

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: August 10

1920 — Track cyclists William Smith and James Walker become double Olympic medallists on the same day at the Antwerp Games, taking silver in the tandem and then bronze in the team pursuit alongside teammates Sammy Goosen and Henry Kaltenbrunn.

1928 — SA is denied the chance of winning the Olympic bantamweight boxing gold medal for a third consecutive Games, when Harry Isaacs is pushed out of the final in a bizarre turn of events. Isaacs took on American John Daley in the semifinal at the Amsterdam Games, where several decisions drew ire during the competition. The South African was named as the winner of the bout — deservedly so, apparently — but then American fans booed the outcome and stormed the ringside area, demanding the decision be reversed. Police tried to control the mob, and eventually it was announced that the wrong decision had been read out, and that Daley had actually won. Isaacs went on to take the bronze medal by outpointing Ireland’s Frank Traynor to at least keep SA on the Olympic bantamweight podium for a third consecutive time. Daley lost in the final to Italy’s Vittorio Tamagnini...

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