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South Africa wins first rowing gold

Updated: August 2, 2012, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

WINDSOR, England -- Three years ago, Sizwe Ndlovu gave up his job as an computer technician in South Africa to pursue an Olympic gold medal in rowing at the London Games. It seemed a far-fetched quest.

For one, his country didn't have much of an international pedigree in the sport. And he was a black man from KwaZulu-Natal province, where sporting prowess was traditionally confined to rugby, cricket, soccer and swimming.

So when Ndlovu realized he had stroked South Africa's lightweight ...

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