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Thu Apr 24 08:55:53 SAST 2014

SA's world champions

Sport staff | 06 November, 2011 11:510 Comments
Hestrie Cloete in action in Bloemfontein in February 2003

A list of South Africa's world champions in athletics, swimming and boxing

ATHLETICS (outdoors)

Men (4 gold medals)

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m - 2009)

Relay team - Morne Nagel, Corne du Plessis, Lee-Roy Newton, Matthew Quinn (4x100m - 2001)

Jacques Freitag (high jump - 2003)

Marius Corbett (javelin throw - 1997)

Women (3 gold medals)

Caster Semenya (800m - 2009)

Hestrie Cloete (high jump - 2001 & 2003)

SWIMMING (long course)

Men (8 gold medals)

Chad le Clos (2013 - 100m butterfly & 200m butterfly)

Cameron van der Burgh (2013 - 50m breaststroke)

Roland Schoeman (2005 - 50m freestyle & 50m butterfly; 2007  - 50m butterfly)

Gerhard Zandburg (2007 - 50m backstroke)

Cameron van der Burgh (2009 - 50m breaststroke)

No South African women have won swimming world championship gold medals

BOXING (mainstream titles only, namely WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO)

(NOTE: * denotes boxers to have won titles at different weights)

Men

Heavyweight

Gerrie Coetzee (WBA - 1983-84)

Frans Botha (IBF - 1995 ... this doesn't really count because Botha was stripped of the title after failing a dope test)

Corrie Sanders (WBO - 2003)

Cruiserweight

Piet Crous (WBA - 1984-85)

Super-middleweight

Sugarboy Malinga (WBC - 1996 & 1997-98)

*Dingaan Thobela (WBC - 2000)

Welterweight

Isaac Hlatshwayo (IBF - 2009)

Junior-welterweight

Lovemore Ndou (IBF - 2007)

Lightweight

*Dingaan Thobela (WBO - 1990-91 & WBA - 1993)

Phillip Holiday (IBF - 1995-97)

Junior-lightweight

Brian Mitchell (WBA - 1986-91 & IBF - 1991)

Cassius Baloyi (IBF - 2006 & 2008-09)

Malcolm Klassen (IBF - 2006/07 & 2009)

Mzonke Fana (IBF - 2007 & 2010)

Junior-featherweight

Welcome Ncita (IBF - 1990-92)

Vuyani Bungu (IBF - 1994-99)

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (IBF - 1999-2001)

Takalani Ndlovu (IBF - 2011 to present)

Bantamweight

Willie Smith (British recognition of world title - 1927 ... Smith, a 1924 Olympic gold medallist, has never been officially recognised as a world champion by South African historians, although by today's alphabet standards, his name probably deserves to be listed here)

Vic Toweel (undisputed world championship - 1950-52)

Arnold Taylor (WBA - 1973-74)

Mbulelo Botile (IBF - 1995-97)

Junior-bantamweight

Simphiwe Nongqayi (IBF - 2009-1010)

Flyweight

Peter Mathebula (WBA - 1980-81)

*Baby Jake Matlala (WBO - 1993-94)

Moruti Mthalane (IBF - 1009 to present)

Junior-flyweight

*Baby Jake Matlala (WBO - 1995-97)

Hawk Makepula (WBO - 2000)

Strawweight

Zolani Petelo (1997-2000)

Nkosinathi Joyi (IBF - 2010 to present)

Women

Welterweight

Noni Tenge (IBF - 2011-present)

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