JOHANNESBURG - Team South Africa returned from the London Olympic Games to a heroes welcome on Tuesday.
Fans at the OR Tambo International Airport chanted names of their Olympic champions and waved the South African flag and placards with messages of support in the air.
The athletes, which include sprinter Caster Semenya, kayaker Bridgitte Hartley and swimming champ Cameron van der Burgh addressed the crowd and signed autographs for the many schoolchildren and supporters.
Silver medallist Semenya said she was “a little disappointed with the results”, adding that the track and field team was made up of strong athletes with at least four medal hopefuls.
“At last we have a silver (Olympic medal), so it shows progress,” she added.
Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula also joined the celebrations.
Team SA put on an inspiring performance at the world’s greatest sporting event, returning home with six medals.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) had set a goal for 12 medals, but were pleased with what was achieved.
Sascoc president Gideon Sam said he was "very happy" and gave the team an 'A' for effort.
Gold medalists van der Burgh and Chad le Clos arrived with the rest of the swimming team last week Tuesday.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)