The first day of the month of August has seen great Springbok victories and there have also been tremendous Proteas achievements on this day.
On this day in South African history, the metric system came into official use with the introduction of The Weights and Measures Bill.
On this day in SA Sports – 1 August
1894 – The South African Amateur Athletic Union was founded in Johannesburg.
1931 – South African cricket legend Trevor Goddard was born on this day. He is remembered for leading South Africa to a creditable draw in the series against Australia in 1963-64 after he had become captain virtually by default and his team written off in the media.
1998 – SA runner Johannes Mabitle won the Peoples Beach to Beacon 10K race in Cape Elizabeth in Maine, USA.
2003 – Graeme Smith scores a double hundred against England in a Test match at Lord’s in London on this day.
2009 – The Springboks beat the All Blacks 31-19 at Kings Park in Durban, the win is part of a trio of Boks victories over the old enemy in 2009, a feat not matched since.
2012- The Men’s Hockey Proteas played out a 2-2 draw with Great Britain on day five of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Skipper Austin Smith scored to make the game 1-1 after an early goal from Briton Ashley Jackson. Jonathan Robinson gave South Africa the lead in the second half but Jackson struck again to deny the Proteas a first win of the tournament.
2014 – Tracy-Lee Botha and Colleen Piketh won the Gold Medal in the Women’s Pairs Final against Jamie-Lea Winch and Natalie Melmore of England at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom.
2014 – South Africa lost 3-26 to Australia on the opening day of the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup held in France.
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