04 August 2014 by Stuart Dickinson

Strong performance from South Africa at Commonwealth Games

A highly successful and exciting Commonwealth Games drew to a close on Sunday 3 August, with Team South Africa doing its fair share to impress during the competition.

South Africa's Rugby Sevens team put in a strong performance. Image courtesy of Marc

Our athletes managed to claim a total of 40 medals across all sporting codes, 13 of those being gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze, placing us seventh on the  medal table. This was an improvement on our 2010 performance in Delhi, where South Africa claimed 33 medals (12 gold)

Here are some notable South African performances:

The track and field athletes finished with nine medals, three of which were gold. Khotso Mokoena took gold in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 17.2m; Cornel Fredericks shone in the 400m hurdles, winning gold with a time of 48.50; and Fanie van der Merwe clocked 11.65 in a first place finish in the men’s 100m T37 final.

Team South Africa's send-off ahead of the Games. Image courtesy of GovernmentZA

National 400m sprint record-holder Wayde van Niekerk and long jumpers Zarck Visser and Ruswahl Samaai impressed in their first Commonwealth Games appearances. Visser and Samaai won silver and bronze respectively, while Van Niekerk claimed silver for his efforts on the track. Sunette Viljoen won silver in the women’s javelin, 

The men’s open triples lawn bowls team claimed top honours in a closely contested final against New Zealand, winning 13-11, while the women’s fours downed Malaysia in the final, adding yet another gold to the tally.

South Africa’s swimmers also impressed, with Chad le Clos bagging seven medals: two gold medals, one silver and four bronze. Cameron van der Burgh won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay, while veteran Roland Schoeman won silver in the 50m butterfly and the 4x100m freestyle relay.

On the rugby field, the Blitzbokke stunned a strong New Zealand team in a 17-12 victory to claim gold in the rugby sevens final.

In terms of gold medals won, this has been South Africa’s most successful Commonwealth Games since readmission in 1994. 

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