Un­com­mon tal­ent

Destiny Man - - SPORTS ROUND-UP -

The Com­mon­wealth Games isn’t usu­ally on the av­er­age sports fan’s must-watch list, what with its colo­nial un­der­tones, but Team SA were nev­er­the­less im­pres­sive in fin­ish­ing fifth on the over­all ta­ble, bag­ging 37 medals on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast. As ex­pected, Caster Se­menya and Chad le Clos did the business in Oz, but it was heart­en­ing to see new names on the podi­ums. A resur­gent Akani Sim­bine fi­nally took gold on the world stage, beat­ing com­pa­triot Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies and much-touted Ja­maican Yo­han Blake in the 100m, while SA’s lat­est swim­ming sen­sa­tion, 20-year-old Tat­jana Schoen­maker, stormed to vic­tory in both the 50m and 200m breast­stroke fi­nals in record-break­ing fash­ion.

If only our ath­letes’ com­mit­ment were matched by the or­gan­is­ers of the bian­nual event: the bland clos­ing cer­e­mony drew crit­i­cism, with some wags de­scrib­ing it as “a karaoke ses­sion in a dimly lit bar”.

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