Zuma expresses Olympic pride

President Jacob Zuma on Friday expressed his pride at South Africa's Olympic performance so far.

Golden Boy: Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh poses with his gold medal after winning the 100m breaststroke final, and setting a world record, at the London Olympics. Picture Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Friday expressed his pride at Team South Africa's Olympic performance thus far and also wished other participating countries well.

He made the comments before various ambassadors in Pretoria.

As elated as most South Africans are with the performance, Zuma puffed his chest out with pride.

"We are delighted to have won three gold medals for swimming and rowing. It has been a good start. We wish all participating countries all of the best."

But the president played his cards close to that very chest.

"We've got an objective of how many gold medals we should collect and we're still keeping our eyes on that objective."

There were appreciative laughs to that from envoys, some of whom represent countries ahead of South Africa on the medals table.

But most of the countries are trailing behind.

Pretoria-based Cameron van der Burgh clinched Team SA's first gold when he won the 100 metres breaststroke final on Sunday.

Durban-born Chad le Clos then coasted to victory when he beat the world's greatest Olympian, Michael Phelps, to win the 200 metres butterfly final.

The men's lightweight rowing crew of four moved to secure gold with a powerful finish in the water on Thursday.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) hopes Team SA will return from London with 12 medals.