10 of the greatest sporting moments of the past two decadesThe Social Media Company
Oh, how we miss the exhilaration of the live game! In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we have to settle for looking back on those great moments that made us believe in the triumph of the human spirit, and perhaps a reminder of just how gritty we can be is exactly what we need now.
In that vein, we’ve put together 10 of the greatest sporting moments of the past two decades for you to enjoy.
1. South Africa reigns victorious in the 4x100m Men’s Relay
Who can forget how Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling obliterated the competition at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, setting a new world record in the process?
2. The Proteas beat the Aussie cricket team with a record-setting innings
It was nail-biting stuff when the SA cricket team had to chase down Australia’s 434 runs in the fifth One Day International in 2006. However, the Proteas would ultimately clinch the victory, with just one ball and one wicket to spare.
3. The Boks’ 2007 World Cup win
Percy Montgomery and Francois Steyn were instrumental in securing the Springboks’ second RWC victory, and the first against England.
4. Natalie du Toit’s stunning performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games
In 2002, Du Toit became the first-ever para athlete to qualify for the final of an able-bodied event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and she attained victories in all five events she participated in at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
5. Bafana’s opening goal in the 2010 Soccer World Cup
Siphiwe Tshabalala had the entire rainbow nation on its feet when he scored the opening goal of the FIFA World Cup against Mexico.
6. Chad le Clos’s 200m butterfly gold at the 2012 Olympics
We’ll never forget how happy Chad’s dad was.
7. The SA men’s rowing team take gold for the first time at the 2012 Olympics
Never before had an SA rowing team been able to secure medals at the Olympics, until the Men’s Lightweight Four won the gold medal by an hairbreadth – their sprint at the end was just 0.25s ahead of their rivals.
8. Daryl Impey’s 2013 Tour de France yellow jersey
Impey became the first-ever African rider to don the yellow jersey at the world’s most famous cycling event.
9. Wayde van Niekerk smashes the WR at the 2016 Olympics
When our sprinters bring their A-game, it’s thrilling to behold.
10. The Springboks win the 2019 RWC
This one’s still very clear in our minds.