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3 August 2012

Gold, gold, gold

With 3 gold medals already in the bag, Team South Africa is doing better than expected at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

South Africa's Olympic lightweight rowing team. South Africa's lightweight rowing team with their Olympic gold medals.

Everyone at the Team South Africa house is truly motivated by the wins of the three. They have truly injected a dose of motivation to the other athletes. With this kind of fire we will be at the podium again - Fikile Mbalula, Sports Minister.

South Africa’s lightweight rowing team won a gold medal yesterday at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, adding to South Africa’s excellent achievements at this year’s Olympic Games.

The rowing team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson won the gold after a supreme effort, adding to the gold medals won by swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos.

Matthew Brittain told the media that Le Clos' dramatic final push to beat Olympic super-athlete Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly event was a huge inspiration for the rowing team.

'We just started shouting "gold" during the last 250m,' he explained. 'Like we said, the whole season now, whenever one of us says, "we've only got one goal", the others have to shout "gold".'

Both the muscle-power and the vocal affirmation clearly worked and the South Africans snatched first place by a quarter of a second, crossing the line in 6min 2.84sec. Britain took the silver medal and Denmark the bronze.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was delighted at the outcome of the race, saying that South Africa is on a winning streak and he imagines there are more gold medals in the pipeline.

‘Everyone at the Team South Africa house is truly motivated by the wins of the three,' he said. 'They have truly injected a dose of motivation to the other athletes. With this kind of fire we will be at the podium again.'

He may be right. Chad le Clos was on top form yet again when he won his semi-final for the 100m butterfly, where he set a new South African record. This evening the young swimmer is again up against his hero, American Michael Phelps, in the 100m butterfly final.

South Africa has already tripled the number of medals that were won by the country at the Beijing Olympics, and that's just in the first 5 days of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.