Team SA's Olympics medal target firmly in sight

Sunette Viljoen and Henri Schoeman took SA's medal tally to 9 with Caster Semenya still to come.

South Africa’s Caster Semenya looks on after competing in the Women’s 800m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 17 August, 2016. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - South Africa have now won nine medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after Sunette Viljoen clinched silver overnight in the javelin becoming the first women in Team South Africa to medal.

They currently sit in 34th place on the overall table and one short of their target of 10, with Caster Semenya still to come.

Thursday was arguably team South Africa's best day at the Rio Olympics, firstly Henri Schoeman shocked all, including himself, to rise off his sickbed and snatch bronze in the triathlon behind Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain.

Close on his heels was his more fancied compatriot Richard Murray. It was a day on the Copacabana for the South Africans and the British to celebrate arm in arm.

While the night session at the Olympic stadium saw Semenya stride into the final of the 800m with ease, Viljoen saw off her demons of London in 2012, launching her javelin into the Rio night early on and this time wasn't edged on the line to claim silver.

She bounced through the media mixed zone all smiles and will be presented with her medal tomorrow.

Team South Africa's medal target of 10 is now firmly in sight, with the 'Mighty Caster' as she calls herself to come, that's at 2:15 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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