Hartley wants to rock Rio Games

Kayaker Brigitte Hartley is the first South African woman to win a medal at the 2012Olympics. Picture: www.bridgittehartley.com
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CAPE TOWN - South Africa's latest Olympics medallist Bridgitte Hartley says she is now looking forward to the 2016 Games in Rio.

Hartley finished third in the K1,500 metre kayak race in London.

She said she would soon start planning for the Rio Games with her long-time coach, Hungarian Nandor Almasi.

“I basically need to sit down and regroup with my coach and hopefully he is going to keep coaching me because he’s the only person to have ever coached me.”

Team South Africa now has five medals - three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

Meanwhile, Sunette Viljoen narrowly missed out winning a medal in the women's javelin final on Thursday night.

Sprinter Anaso Jobodwana, who took part in the men’s 200 metre final, finished eighth.

The 20-year-old came last with Usain Boilt taking the gold medal, to record his second "double double" (winning both the 100 metre and 200 metre Olympics finals).

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)