Team South Africa is standing in eighth position with 10 medals after some weekend triumphs at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

So far, South African athletes have won 4 gold medals, 2 silvers and 4 bronzes. Over the weekend, swimmers, bowlers and one weightlifter found their places on the podium.

Upcoming events to watch out for include Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies in the the men’s 100m sprint, as well as Caster Semenya in the women’s 1500m.

Gold medallists @chadleclos92 and Tatyana Schoenmaker celebrated their win with Minister of Sport and Recreation, Tokozile Xasa last night! Thank you for your support of our athletes Honorable Minister!!! #teammzansi??

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Our gold medal winners so far are:

Henri Schoeman – men’s triathlon
Tatjana Schoenmaker – women’s 200m breaststroke
Chad le Clos – men’s 200m butterfly
Chad le Clos – men’s 50m butterfly


Silver medal winners

Chad le Clos – men’s 100m freestyle
Esme Kruger, Nicolene Neal, Johanna Snyman and Elma Davis – women’s fours lawn bowls

Bronze medal winners

Ryan Coetzee – men’s 50m butterfly
Cameron van der Burgh – men’s 100m breaststroke
Colleen Piketh – women’s singles lawn bowls
Mona Pretorius – women’s 63kg weightlifting

Pretorius managed a 115kg clean and jerk in the women’s weightlifting competition, setting three South African records with her performance. “I walked off knowing I have done my utmost best and it paid off,” she said. “I was the best I have ever been and felt like the ultimate champ. Everyone behind me gave me the strength internally to pull it off.”


Colleen Piketh won her bronze after a tight match at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. “I’m very proud of the achievement and I’m grateful that I’m here to be able to do it,” she said. “I know the people back home are proud too.”

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