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Team SA arrives home to hero’s welcome

Thousands packed the arrivals hall at OR Tambo Airport to get a glimpse of their favourite sport stars.

High jump silver medalist Luvo Manyonga and 800m champion Caster Semenya. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has praised South African fans who filled OR Tambo International Airport this morning, to show their appreciation for the country's Olympic athletes when they touched down in Johannesburg.

Thousands of fans packed the arrivals hall to get a glimpse of their favourite sports stars, as team South Africa returned with ten medals, their best Olympic tally ever.

Team South Africa's Olympic medallists received a hero's welcome at the airport.

WATCH: Hero's welcome for Team SA athletes

As the athletes walked out the arrivals gate, they were met by thousands of screaming fans waving banners and flags.

As each athlete was presented, the crowd cheered louder and the celebration came to a climax as South Africa's two gold medallists, Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, were introduced.

Minister Mbalula says fans came out to make their voices heard.

"It shows that South Africa is a winning nation. Our people are proud of what they have achieved, and I am equally happy for the support that they have shown our athletes."

Team SA will now have four more years to prepare for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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