Blast from the past: Birkett captures world K1 marathon crown
Today in SA sports history: September 8
1952 — Jake Tuli wins the Commonwealth flyweight crown as he stops experienced Teddy Gardner in the 12th round of their bout in Newcastle, England. The South African was engaging in only his 11th professional bout and in his first in Britain. Gardner, a veteran of 65 fights by then, quit afterwards.
1973 — Nineteen-year-old dental mechanic student Judy Witter becomes the first woman to win an open national motor championship, wrapping up the Formula Vee championship at the Brandkop circuit outside Bloemfontein with three rounds remaining. But it was not without controversy. Earlier in the season she endured accusations of cheating by rivals, who claimed she was using an illegally modified engine. Her car was examined by officials and found to be above board. After the Brandkop race the top six cars were impounded, including hers. Witter’s was deemed legal, but the cars of four rivals were illegal and they were disqualified, knocking them out of contention for the series...
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