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.
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
Chad Le Clos on Friday became South Africa’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete in history when he claimed his 13 th CWG medal overall. Le Clos won gold in the 50m butterfly to pass another swimmer Roland Schoeman who had won 12 medals. He did however miss out on more medals but took it all in his stride.
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.”
My 115kg Clean and Jerk from this weekend ❤???️♀️ 6/6 ?and 3 SA records I walked off knowing I have done my utmost best and it paid off ❤ 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 and It’s been a long time coming.
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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