Commonwealth SA medal champions
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)