The Sweetness in sport lies not only in the winnings but also in the game. The 2016 Rio Olympics has sure ended with lots of joy and laughter in the hearts of competitors and spectators. For team SA, it is an event that will cling to hearts for the next four years.
The 16 days Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which started on August 5 and ended on 21 August 2016, stands as South Africa’s seventh consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-apartheid era, and nineteenth overall in Summer Olympic history.
Hence, to ensure historic winnings in areas it planned to compete in, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) did its best in selecting outstanding participants for the game.
The 16 days event, though tough, was worth it as team SA returns home with two gold medals, six silver and two bronze mainly from athletics, swimming, rowing, among few others.
Take a look at some of team SA memorable events that took place at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Team SA Storms the RIO OLYMPICS 2016 Opening ceremony in a grand style with Wayde Van Niekerk carrrying the rainbow flag high as he led the team into the Olympic stadium to announce South Africa at the Games
Team SA wins its first medal at the Olympic Games as Cameron Van der Burgh wins a silver medal in the men’s breaststrokes. He was outrun by Britain’s Adam Peaty who also broke world record by winning his second gold medal in the game.
Wayde Van Niekerk makes us proud as he wins SA’s first gold medal. He participated in men’s 400m athletics and broke a 17-year-old 400m world record, finishing the race at 43.03 seconds ahead of the long known world best Michael Johnson.
Sunnette Viljoen became SA’s first female medalist as she won a silver medal in the javelin- (women category) on day 13 of the event.
24-year-old Chad Le Clos won two silver medasl for team SA in men’s 100m butterfly and 200m freestlyle sprinter. He became SA’s most decorated Olympian for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Henri Schoeman surprised everyone as he wins a bronze medal, giving team SA its 8th medal in mens triathlon
SA’s Timothy Agaba wins bronze medal in the men’s rugby sevens bronze medal match between Japan and SA.
SA’s intersex athlete Caster Semenya crowns it all up with a gold medal for team SA in the women’s 800m race. The controversial athlete stunned the world as she finished her race in 1: 55: 28.