Olympic Round-Up

Team SA have been raising our flag higher and higher at this year’s Rio Olympics 2016. Check out some of the winners who have made South Africa proud.

First up was Cameron van der Burgh, the swimmer who began the winnings for us when he earned South Africa’s first Olympics medal.


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.


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.


The South African rowing team also did extremely well and took home the silver medal!


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!


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.


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! 


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.


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! 

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