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Blast from the past: Brothers Kirsten steer SA to victory over ...

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Blast from the past: Brothers Kirsten steer SA to victory over Kiwis

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Today in SA sports history: January 14

1961 — Yvonne van Mentz becomes the first SA woman to score a Test century, making an unbeaten 105 against England on the second day of the final fourth Test at Newlands. SA declared their first innings on 266/8, ahead of the tourists’ 223, but the match ended in a draw after three days, with England winning the series 1-0. 

1972 — Graeme Pope-Ellis wins the first of his record 15 Dusi Canoe Marathon crowns after he and K2 partner Eric Clarke negotiated a flooded river to overtake leaders Andre Collins and Peter Peacock near the end of race to cross the finish in a record 9hr 28 min 48 sec. Willem and Roelof van Riet, who had won the previous three years and were also both Berg River champions, got off to a bad start on the first day and then dropped out with Roelof suffering from food poisoning...

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