TBT: Proud SA Sporting Moments in History (23 Jun 2016)
TBT: Proud SA Sporting Moments in History
Tomorrow marks 21 years since the Springboks defeated New Zealand in the finals of the Rugby World Cup, with late president Madiba watching on while wearing the jersey of team captain Francois Pienaar.
It's definitely one of the greatest moments in South Africa history!
For ‘Throwback Thursday’ this morning, we're looking at some other incredible sporting moments throughout South Africa’s history.
Football: Africa Cup of Nations 1996
In 1996 Bafana Bafana made us proud by claiming the title of African champions in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, which South Africa also hosted.
Stars like Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish and Doctor Khumalo beat Tunisia 2 - 0 in the final.
Boxing: Baby Jake Matlala
South Africa’s very own Baby Jake Matlala, who was actually the world’s shortest ever world boxing champion, won his fourth and final world title in February 2001.
To this day he remains one of our country’s most popular and also successful boxers, having won over 54 international fights.
Commonwealth games: Natalie du Toit
Only a year after losing her left leg in an accident, Natalie du Toit stole the show at the 2002 Commonwealth games in Manchester, winning two gold medals!
Natalie wasn’t the only swimmer to make South Africa proud over the years: Penny Heyns became our country’s first post-apartheid Olympic gold medallist in 1992, and then let’s not forget the incredible achievements by athletes like Chad le Clos, Ryk Neehling and others!
2010 World Cup
Last but not least, let’s not forget how South Africa became the first African country in history to host soccer’s biggest event in 2010!
Fifa president praised South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup, saying we proved to the rest of Africa that indeed anything can be achieved.
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