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On this day in South African Sports history – 23 July

This day in South African sports history was golden for some but 23 July has yielded a mixed bag for the Springboks who dominate significant events.

In international sport, the date is significant for a number of events among them the 2000 British Open win by Tiger Woods. Woods pipped South Africa’s Ernie Els by eight strokes and became the youngest man ever to complete golf’s Grand Slam.

On this day – 23 July

1960 – The Springboks suffered a 3-11 defeat against New Zealand in the second test in Cape Town. The Test was the first won by the All Blacks in South Africa after the second world war.

1981 – The International Cricket Council in London cancels New Zealand’s cricket tour of the West Indies in reaction to the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand, a tour that would be marked by protests and the now infamous flour bomb incident.

1994 – The Springboks lose the second test 9-13 against New Zealand in Wellington. The result confirmed a bilateral series win for the All Blacks in what was the first full series between the two sides since the end of isolation.

1994 – England captain Mike Atherton caused an uproar when he admitted to rubbing sand on the ball at Lord’s in a Test match against South Africa. He was fined £2000 by England team manager Ray Illingworth for his actions which were compounded by Atherton lying to the match referee.

1996 – South African swimmer Penny Heyns wins gold again in the women’s 200m breaststroke final in Atlanta, after setting an Olympic record in her heat and again in the final with a time of 2:25.41. Heyns won double gold at the games.

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ATLANTA, UNITED STATES – 23 JULY: Penny Heyns representing South Africa after winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 metre breaststroke during the 1996 Summer Olympics at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on this day 23 July 1996 in Atlanta, United States. (Photo by Eileen Langsley/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

1998 – Hansie Cronje scored a century on the first day of his 50th Test match for the Proteas at Trent Bridge. He famously laid into the recalled Ian Salisbury in a premeditated blitz, but South Africa went on to lose the Test.

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South African captain Hansie Cronje was integral to his side’s first innings score of 374, scoring 126, his sixth century in Test match cricket. Photo: Getty

2005 – Springbok rugby team beats the Wallabies 33-20 in a Tri-Nations match at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. The win ensured the Springboks retained the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate.

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