First up was Cameron van der Burgh, the swimmer who began the winnings for us when he earned South Africa’s first Olympics medal.
I’m so proud
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) August 8, 2016
— C Constantinides (@ChangeAgentSA) August 8, 2016
It was then the Blitzboks turn to make us proud when they made history at the Olympics by claiming the bronze medal for the Rugby Sevens tournament. This was the first medal to be won by a South African rugby team.
The Blitzboks really are a success story for other sports teams to aspire to & that goes for success beyond the pitch. They evoke harmony
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) August 10, 2016
— #Gold800mCaster (@thembamadi) August 12, 2016
Wayde van Niekerk, the golden boy of SA and a name that’s on everyone’s lips, recently broke the World Record and won an Olympic gold medal! Wayde not only ran his way to gold in the 400m race but also broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year record.
Thank you to everyone…
GOD IS POWER pic.twitter.com/hQIRy0ynhN
— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) August 15, 2016
When it comes to inspiration, nothing does it like seeing one of your own give a world-class performance. We salute you #WaydevanNiekerk👏👏👏
— Khanyi Dhlomo (@KhanyiDhlomo) August 15, 2016
The South African rowing team also did extremely well and took home the silver medal!
OMG, the South African rowing team is flourishing at #RioOlympics
— MOEgust (@MOEQueenOfPeace) August 8, 2016
— Jumpman23 (@WhatUpO_) August 12, 2016
South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen made us proud and earned a silver medal in women’s javelin. Her best throw on the night was 64.92 metres. Well done, Sunette!
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) August 19, 2016
Athlete Henri Schoeman took bronze in the men’s triathlon. This makes it South Africa’s first medal in the sport since it was introduced in 2000. Congratulations, Henri.
— Woolworths SA (@WOOLWORTHS_SA) August 19, 2016
— Proudly SA (@ProudlySA) August 18, 2016
A huge cheer also goes out to Caster Semenya! The runner won her 800m heat at the Rio Olympic games and managed to qualify for the finals!
That was awesome to watch. Proud of you @caster800m ! 😘❤️🇿🇦
— Poppy Ntshongwana (@PoppyIsMyName) August 19, 2016
Thankyou Twitter for verifying our champ @caster800m – BLUE TICKS are for the real people
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) August 18, 2016
And then, when Caster Semenya walked onto the track for the women’s 800m finals, the entire country waited with bated breath.
Our golden girl did not disappoint and literally cruised her way to victory by securing the top spot, with an SA record of 1:55.28 – only two seconds shy of the World Record set in 1983 by Czech athlete, Jarmila Kratochvílová.
Our Queen of track, Caster Semenya carries our flag into the stadium, there could not be a more suitable candidate for this honour, Congrats
— TeamSouthAfrica (@teamsa16) August 21, 2016
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) August 21, 2016
The South African Athletes arrived yesterday at OR Tambo International Airport to a hero’s welcome! You have all made South Africa proud… congratulations #TeamSA!
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) August 23, 2016