Dept. to review Team SA's performance

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula poses with Olympic gold medalists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh on 9 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.
President Jacob Zuma with members of the Team SA for the Olympics & Paralympics. Picture: GCIS.
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LONDON - While the Department of Sport and Recreation is happy with Team South Africa (SA's) showing at the London Games, it said there had to a be a full review of their performance.

Team SA had their best showing at an Olympic Games since readmission, although the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) aimed for 12 medals but only bagged six.

Team SA’s head of mission, Patience Shikwambana, said they were proud of the performance given by athletes. 

Meanwhile, Sport and Recreation director general Alec Moemi said preparation towards the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics would start immediately.

He said they needed to see why medal hopefuls failed to bring back medals.

Eyewitness News witnessed the ups and downs of Team SA at the London 2012 Games.

Cameron van der Burgh kicked his way to a gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke winning in a world record time of 58.46 seconds.

His win seemed to inspire 20-year-old Chad le Clos, who did the unthinkable when he defeated Michael Phelps, the world’s greatest Olympian of all time, in the men’s 200m butterfly.

Le Clos also picked up a silver medal in the men’s 100m butterfly.

The men’s rowing team struck gold when they out-rowed Denmark and Australia to glory.

Sprinter Caster Semenya took silver in the Women’s 800m. She started slowly and looked unlikely to win a medal, but was able to pick her way through the field to finish second in a time of 1:57:23.

Among the disappointments was Khotso Mokoena, the country’s only medalist at the Beijing Olympics, who crashed out in the men’s long jump.

World number one Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen also came short of a medal.

Team SA placed as the highest African country with the three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

The team touchdown at OR International Tambo Airport on Tuesday morning.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)