Sascoc defends medal target

Sascoc says Team SA did well and needs to build on its success at the London Olympics.

South African rowing team with their gold medals. Picture: Supplied

LONDON - The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Monday maintained that its target of winning 12 medals at the London 2012 Olympics was not over-ambitious.

Team South Africa (SA) finished in 24th place overall, with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal, making it the most successful African team at the Games.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, South Africa finished in 74th place after the team only managed to bag one silver medal.

Team SA's head of mission Patience Shikwambana said most medalists still have many years of competition ahead of them.

"I am proud that most of the medals are from youngsters, which ties in with the motto to inspire the next generation."

Shikwambana said it is important that the country builds on the positive performance at the London Games.

"We need to go back and see where we can do better."