Strong performance from South Africa at Commonwealth Games
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.
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,
— Crystal Arnold (@Crystal_Arnold) August 3, 2014
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.
— Chad Le Clos (@chadleclos) July 28, 2014
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.
We loved every moment of being part of @Team_SA_2014 and doing our bit to contribute to the team. Thank you to everyone involved!
— Kyle Brown (@kylegbrown) July 28, 2014
In terms of gold medals won, this has been South Africa’s most successful Commonwealth Games since readmission in 1994.