Over the course of 60 years, athlete Wally Hayward excelled at distances ranging from 100 metres to 100 miles, represented South Africa at the Olympic Games and set world long distance records. His defining achievements, however, were reserved for one of the greatest ultra-marathons of them all: the Comrades.
Lucas Radebe was not the first South African footballer to make his mark at English club Leeds United. Albert Johanneson, although not the first South African at the club, made a big impact with 68 goals in 200 appearances for the All Whites.
Gary Player was on a roll back in 1965. Besides a string of victories around the world, he'd just won the US Open to complete golf's Grand Slam of majors. In the 1965 Natal Open, however, he played second fiddle to a self-taught golfer who had spent more time on the course as a caddie than as a player - and who held his club completely the "wrong" way.
South Africa's Stanley Christodoulou, the first man to referee world title fights in all 17 weight categories, the third to oversee 100 world title bouts - and the one ringside judge to rule in favour of Lennox Lewis in his first infamous clash with Evander Holyfield - has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, A1 Grand Prix, Indian Premier League, World Cups of Golf, Athletics, Swimming ... and the biggest of them all, the 2010 Fifa World Cup. When it comes to successfully hosting major international sporting events, South Africa's track record is second to none.
Midfield maestro Doctor Khumalo hung up his boots in 2004 after a glamorous career in which he pulled the strings for South Africa's most famous football club - and for South Africa in its early post-isolation years, leading up to 1996, when the country fielded one of its best football teams ever.
Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone, the first black South African to play professional football in Europe, was South Africa's first soccer superstar. By 1959 he was rated one of the best in Europe, and was being compared to the "Rolls-Royce" of soccer players, Pele of Brazil.
Pule "Ace" Ntsoelengoe, who made his mark both in South Africa and the United States, was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. This came as no surprise: former SA coach Clive Barker puts Ntsoelengoe on a par with Zinedine Zidane, while former Argentinean manager Oscar Martinez once described him as "almost a perfect footballer".
On Wednesday, Makhaya Ntini - rightly regarded one of the most important players in the history of South African cricket - became only the fifth South African to appear in 100 cricket tests.
Long before South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, Errol Tobias sealed his place in South African rugby history by becoming the first black player to start a Test match for the Springboks.