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Team SA relay team bow out of Olympics

Team SA's relay team finished 8th in the men’s 4x400m relay finals in London.

Oscar Pistorius and Willie de Beer before the 4x400m relay race. Picture: AFP


JOHANNESBURG – Team SA’s 4x400m relay team comprising of Oscar Pistorius, Willie De Beer, Shaun De Jager and LJ Van Zyl have bowed out of the London Olympics.

The Bahamas won the race in a time of 2:56.72 with USA in second and Trinidad and Tobago in third.

Team SA finished with their season best time of 3:03.46 after their controversial entrance into the finals.

The drama unfolded on Thursday night during the semifinal race when Ofentse Mogawane fell and injured his shoulder halfway through the second leg resulting in the team not finishing.

But Sascoc appealed the decision after video footage showed that Mogawane was tripped by a Kenyan athlete.

Team SA’s medal count is still sitting at 5 with more medal hopefuls competing over the last two days of the Games this weekend.

On Saturday, Marc Mundell will be competing in the men's 50km walking race at 10am followed by  Candice Neethling in the women's cross country mountain finals at 13:30.

But the most talked about is Caster Semenya, who will be looking to win her first medal in the women’s 800m finals after dominating in her semifinal race.
Semenya is a medal favourite in her event which starts at 21:00 on Saturday night.

And finally on Sunday Lusapho April, Stephen Mokoka and Coolboy Piet Ngamole will look to win medals in the men's marathon at 12pm while Phillip Buys and Burry Stander compete in the men's cross country mountain bike finals at 14:30.

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