Com­mon­wealth SA medal cham­pi­ons

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE - Muku­rukru Me­dia.

The South African Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (SASCOC) couldn’t hide their ex­cite­ment on team South Africa’s medal tally in the re­cently con­cluded Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth games in Aus­tralia this week and have an­nounced that they will pay out R1.5 mil­lion to the medal win­ners and their coaches.

SASCOC had named a dom­i­nant team to rep­re­sent South Africa ahead of the games and had given them a tar­get of a fifth-place fin­ish over­all, but the team fell short of one place fin­ish­ing sixth and bag­ging 13 gold, 11 sil­vers and 13 bronze medals.

Ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee had promised the Team SA squad mone­tary in­cen­tives, with gold sil­ver and bronze medal win­ners get­ting R55 000, R25 000 and R15 000, re­spec­tively.

South Africa did bat­tle across 16 codes. Chad Le Clos was the ‘big win­ner’ at the games, with three gold medals, one sil­ver and a bronze.

South Africa’s flag bearer Caster Se­menya won gold in the women’s 800m and 1500m fi­nal. Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa con­grat­u­lated the team on its per­for­mance at the games.

“We are im­mensely proud of our team for this out­stand­ing per­for­mance that has placed the spot­light not just on our sport­ing prow­ess but also on how our so­ci­ety is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all South Africans to re­alise their hu­man po­ten­tial,” said Ramaphosa in a state­ment.

“I wish to en­cour­age all South Africans to sup­port our ath­letes and the gov­ern­ing struc­tures to en­sure even greater per­for­mance mov­ing for­ward,” he said.

Ramaphosa, who is at the Com­mon­wealth head of gov­ern­ment meet­ing in Lon­don promised to con­grat­u­late and meet the ath­letes per­son­ally when he comes back. Team SA (4x100 men) Hil­ton Langhoven (T12 100m) Dyan Buls (T38 100m) Women’s four bowls Mixed bowls

Chad Le Clos

Brad Tandy (50m S7 freestyle) Hanru Botha (74kg freestyle wrestling) Team SA Bronzee medal win­ners: Rein­hard Ham­man (F38 shot put)

Ruswahl Sa­maai (long jump) Wenda Nel (400m hur­dles) Charl Du Toit (T38 100m) Sunette Viljoen (javelin) Alan Hatherly (moun­tain bik­ing) Clint Hen­dricks (men’s road race) open triplets bowls Colleen Piketh (women’s sin­gle bowls) Cameron Van De Burgh (100m breast­stroke)

Team SA 4x100 medley re­lay Ryan Cotzee (50m but­ter­fly) Mona Pre­to­ri­ous (weightlift­ing 53kg)

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