Blast from the past: Freitag leaps to gold at Paris world champs

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Blast from the past: Freitag leaps to gold at Paris world champs

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Today in SA sports history: August 25

1962 — Mannetjies Roux scores two tries as the Springboks beat the British Lions 34-14 in the fourth and final Test in Bloemfontein to win the series 3-0. The home side, having won the previous two matches narrowly, ran in six tries to the visitors' three. Legendary centre John Gainsford and his midfield partner Wang Wyness, skipper Johan Claassen and flanker Hugo van Zyl also dotted down. Flyhalf Keith Oxlee converted five and added two penalties.   

1967 — The SA netball team score two late goals in pouring rain to edge England 30-29 in what is effectively the decider for the bronze medal at the netball World Cup in Perth. Playing on an outside court — in those days the sport was called outdoor basketball in Australia — SA were trailing 28-29 in their penultimate match of the round-robin competition. Both sides had already lost to eventual champions New Zealand and runners-up Australia earlier in the competition, and this match determined who ended third. England were on the attack and Marlene Wagner, playing in the centre court for SA, heard an opponent on the sidelines screaming “we’ve got it, we’ve got it”. But one of her teammates intercepted the ball and sparked a counterattack from which SA scored to equalise. And then in the final moments Marina Klüsmann got the chance to shoot for victory. The leather ball was as heavy as lead and slippery as soap, but Klüsmann, standing in a puddle on the edge of the circle, threaded it through the hoop to clinch the victory and ultimately, the bronze. SA smashed Singapore 68-10 in their final match the next day to secure their spot on the podium. Wagner went on to coach SA to the silver medal at the 1995 World Cup.   ..

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