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Blast from the past: Egypt end Bafana’s reign as African champs


Blast from the past: Egypt end Bafana’s reign as African champs

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: February 28

1975 — Paul Blackbeard wins the 100m freestyle to become the first man to bag six individual titles at the SA swimming championships at Ellis Park. The 17-year-old also won the 200m freestyle, both butterfly races and the two individual medleys and was also a member of the three victorious Natal relay squads. Until then only Karen Muir had won six individual titles at a national gala, in 1969. The previous best by a man had been five, by Lee McGregor in 1971.

1976 — Heavyweight Kallie Knoetze makes his professional debut against Jeff Ellis at the Wembley ice rink in Johannesburg, winning by second-round knockout. The big-hitting, loud-mouthed policeman would go on to fight in a series of eliminators for the WBA crown vacated by Muhammad Ali in the late 1970s. ..

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