The fourth day of August was the day the Springboks clinched the 1962 Test series against the British Lions and on this day Olympic Marathon gold was won.
On this day in 1693, Dom Pérignon is said to have invented Champagne, sport certainly wouldn’t be the same without the innovation.
On this day in SA sport – 4 August
1956 – The All Blacks are beaten by the Springboks in Wellington by a margin of 8-3. It is the only Test that the Springboks managed to win on the 1956 tour.
1962 – The Springboks win the third Test against the British Lions at Newlands by 8-3 on this day. The victory clinched the 1962 Test series which The Boks wound up winning 3-0.
1979 – Proteas spin-bowling allrounder Robin Peterson is born. He was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the 2011 World Cup.
1994 – England captain Michael Atherton scores 99 against the Proteas at Headingley in his first innings since the dirt in the pocket incident, the Test marks a turning point in the series though as England survive and go on to level the series.
1996 – Josiah Thugwane wins the Olympic marathon in sweltering heat in Atlanta, Georgia. Thugwane was the first black athlete to win Olympic Gold for South Africa.
2002- Roland Schoeman wins Gold in the Men’s 50-metre Freestyle swimming Final from the Manchester Aquatics centre during the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The Rugby Sevens side win a Bronze medal while the Men’s Hockey team lose their Bronze medal match against Pakistan. John Robert Donnelly also claims Gold in the Men’s Singles Lawn Bowls on this day.
2005 – Roland Schoeman wins the 100-metre Freestyle and sets a new US Nationals long course record with a 48.38 in the 2005 ConocoPhilllips National Championship.
2016 – South Africa played to a 0-0 draw with hosts Brazil in their Group Stage match at the Rio Olympics. The South African team would earn two points through the group and fail to progress on this day.
On this day 3 August