Blast from the past: Semenya strides to hat-trick of 800m world titles
Today in SA sports history: August 13
1921 — The Springboks play New Zealand for the first time, going down 5-13 in Dunedin in the opening Test of the three-match series. The home side scored three tries to SA’s one, by centre Charlie Meyer. Fullback Gerhard Morkel added the conversion.
1932 — SA picks up four Olympic medals in one day, three in boxing and one in swimming. Johannesburg-based stablemates Lawrie Stevens and Dave Carstens take gold in the lightweight and light-heavyweight divisions while middleweight Ernest Peirce settles for bronze. Jennie Maakal claims bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle at the Los Angeles Olympics, though she was nearly 20 seconds behind winner Helene Madison and runner-up Lenore Kight, both Americans. Maakal, sixth in the 100m freestyle, had been considered a no-hoper as she set off to the Games, her trip funded by her mother, who had taken a bond on her house. On their return from the US, her boxing teammates staged a tournament at the Johannesburg City Hall to raise money for the swimmer. Stevens and Carstens were trained by Jim Fennessy, also the coach of SA’s first Olympic boxing gold medallist, Clarence Walker, in 1920...
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