History post: Josiah Thugwane wins gold at 1996 Olympics in US


On this day in 1996, Josiah Thugwane became the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal. The athlete won the marathon in Atlanta, Georgia, US.

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Josiah Thugwane made South Africa proud when he won the prestigious Olympic gold medal on foreign soil in 1996. He was the first black South African to do so after the was re-admitted into international sports. The historic moment took place during the Atlanta Olympic Games in the United States.

Josiah was born in Bethal, Mpumalanga. The star grew up without running water or electricity and bought his first pair of running shoes in 1988 at the age of 17.

According to The Sowetan, Josiah was not born to run but was driven to the sport by poverty. His childhood dream was to become a professional footballer. He wanted to play for Kaizer Chiefs but due to financial constraints he couldn’t afford to travel to Johannesburg for trials.

Before winning the gold medal at the Olympics, Josiah’s first win in an international race came in 1995 at the Honolulu Marathon in Japan.

He also won the Old Mutual national championships in Cape Town in 1996, which qualified him to go to the Atlanta Olympic Games, according to thepresidency.com. In 1997, he was also crowned as South Africas Sportsman of the Year.

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Josiah Thugwane won a gold medal on 4 August 1996 at the Olympics in the US. Image: Facebook/Tebogo Ditshego
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that sports star Siya Kolisi recently had the “best dentist appointment” ever. The Springbok captain decided to check up on his oral health during lockdown and he had the cutest dentist ever.

His son, Nic, was on hand to help the staff make sure Kolisi’s pearly whites were okay. The rugby player took to Instagram to share the adorable moment with his followers. He captioned the post:

“Okay this was the best dentist appointment Ive been to. P.S.: Nic weve discovered that you wont be a dentist (saying eeww when he saw my teeth).”

The video gathered over 67 000 views and father-son duo gave South Africans the feels. Heznel commented:

“He may surprise you and grow up to become an amazing dentist. This experience may ignite the desire.”

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