Blast from the past: Cloete clears two metres for gold at world champs
Today in SA sports history: August 12
1893 — Cyclist Laurens Meintjes becomes SA’s first official world champion in any sport, winning the 50 mile (80km) race at the inaugural world track championships in Chicago as he clocked 2hr 11 min 6.4/5ths sec. He finished ahead of Charles Albrecht of Germany and an American listed as B Ulbricht. Meintijes’s home country was listed as Transvaal. At another competition in Springfield the next month he broke three world records in one day, going three miles (4.8km) in 6 min 45-1/5 sec, four miles (6.4km) in 8 min 57-3/5 sec and five miles (8km) in 11 min 6-1/5 sec. Meintjes, who was born in Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, is no direct descendant of current cyclist Louis Meintjes.
1912 — Aubrey Faulkner takes seven wickets as SA bowl England out for 176 at The Oval on the first day of their final sixth Test of the triangular tournament also featuring Australia, but it’s not enough to avoid their fifth loss of the competition. Having already been bowled out for 95 in their first innings, SA made 93 in their second knock before the hosts quickly marched to a 10-wicket victory...
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