Blast from the past: Boks lose first Test series to All Blacks on home soil
Today in SA sports history: August 24
1920 — Clarence Walker becomes the first SA boxer to win an Olympic medal when he takes bantamweight gold at the Antwerp Games. That kick-started a boom for local amateur boxing, with pugilists winning 19 Olympic medals — more than any other code by the time the country was suspended before the 1964 Games. SA finished the 1920 Games with 10 medals, three of them gold. That remains SA’s highest Games tally, matched only twice, in 1952 and 2016.
1963 — The Springboks trail a rugby series against Australia for the first time as they lose the third Test at Ellis Park 9-11. The visitors scored the only try of the game to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. Scrumhalf Nelie Smith kicked three penalties for SA. ..
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