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On this day in South African sports history – 31 July

In the latest edition of the South African‘s daily chronicle of South African sports history, we find out what happened on this day 31 July down the years.

In wider African history this day in 1965 is notable as the first day of television broadcasts in Ghana.

On this day in SA sport – 31 July

1953 – Former South Africa opener Jimmy Cook was born. Cook’s son Stephen also opened the batting for the Proteas.

1965 – The All Blacks beat the Springboks 6-3 at Athletic Park in Wellington. New Zealand would win the series 3-1.

1970 – Former Bafana Bafana defender and current PSL coach Eric Tinkler was born on this day.

1971 – The Springboks beat the Wallabies 14-6 in Brisbane to take a 2-0 lead in the Test series on their 1971 tour.

1993 The Springboks play their first Test match in Australia since 1971. The Springboks ran out 19-12 winners but Australia fought back to win one of the most memorable Test series in rugby history.

1996 – Hezekial Sepeng won the Silver medal in the Men’s 800m at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Vebjorn Rodal (2009) crosses the finish line in front of the rest of the field in the men’s 800m finals on this day 31 July at the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Rodal won the gold medal timing 1min 42.58, an Olympic record, silver went to Hezekiel Sepeng of South Africa and bronze to Kenya’s Fred Onyancha. Photo JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images

1999- Namibian beats Bafana Bafana 4-1 in Windhoek, thereby entering the semi-final round of the Cosafa Cup Series.

2002 – The Proteas Women’s hockey team narrowly lose their Commonwealth Games quarter-final against India going down 3-4.

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MANCHESTER – JULY 31: Mamta Kharab of India Anli Kotze of South Africa in action during the South Africa and India Women’s Hockey Qualification Finals match at the Belle Vue Complex during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England on this day July 31, 2002. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

2002 – In the Commonwealth Games Pool, Sarah Poewe celebrated a Silver Medal Women’s 50m Breaststroke in Manchester. In Athletics, Okkert Brits won Gold in the Pole Vault and Janus Robberts won silver in the Shot Put.

2003- Makhaya Ntini takes five for 43 as the Proteas bowl England out for 173 in the first innings of the second Test. Proteas skipper Graeme Smith ended day one of the second Test against England unbeaten on 80 to help South Africa to 151 for 1 at the close of play on day one. Smith could not have envisioned a better result when he won the toss and elected to field.

2004 – The Wallabies beat the Springboks 30-26 in a classic Tri-Nations Test match at the Subiaco Oval. South African born former Sharks wing Clyde Rathbone scored the winning try for the Wallabies.

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Wallabies winger and former South African Clyde Rathbone scores a fighting try desperately tackled by Springbok scrum-half Fourie Du Preez during a Tri Nation serie match between Australia and South Africa at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, 31 July 2004. Australia won the match 30-26. AFP PHOTO/Tony ASHBY

2011- Gerhard Zandberg takes the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 50m Backstroke Final during Day Sixteen of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 31, 2011, in Shanghai, China.

2012 – South Africa’s Women’s football team at the 2012 Olympics draw 0-0 with Japan in their final group game. They bow out of the tournament.

2012 – Chad Le Clos won the Men’s 200m Butterfly final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on this day. Le Clos beat Swimming legend Michael Phelps in a memorable race.

2017 –  Moeen Ali took a hat-trick to help England seal a resounding win over South Africa in the 100th Test to be played at The Oval. 

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