Handiest two athletes luxuriate in claimed medals for South Africa during the Tokyo Olympics, with the showpiece occasion sing to wrap-up this weekend. Golden opportunities luxuriate in slipped from the eliminate of Group SA time and time again – with Thursday bringing us yet another disappointment in the 4x100m relay bound.
So reach, to this point: Group SA athletes fall wanting medals
The squad exited the Tokyo Olympics in the cruellest that you just’re going to be in a location to imagine manner when there became a baton mishap at the first changeover, and they failed to reach the final. Some of our top music stars, including Akani Simbine and Wayde van Niekerk, luxuriate in missed out on medals too. The Blitzboks, fancied for a top prize, crashed out of the Sevens early doors.
Kyle Blignaut very, very nearly obtained himself amongst the medals, but the Pretoria-born shotput competitor finished sixth in his Olympic final. The 21-three hundred and sixty five days-customary did himself proud in an exceptionally tough discipline – nevertheless it’s tough to examine where South Africa’s subsequent medal will reach from, and it would perhaps well additionally want to await the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Who can tranquil win gold for Group SA?
Realistically, Gerda Steyn harbours our handiest hopes of glory between now and Sunday, in the ladies folks’s marathon bound. The runner is the sing-holder for the Comrades Marathon, she obtained the Two Oceans bound in 2019, and closing three hundred and sixty five days, finished 7th in the London Marathon. Steyn is in action on Saturday, and needs the bound of her lifestyles to claim a medal.
With three European Tour wins to her name – and a most up-to-date top 10 finish at the British Start – Ashleigh Buhai has an outdoors chance of claiming a medal in the ladies folks’s golf, by the time the ‘individual stroke play round‘ concludes on Saturday 7 August. Nevertheless, would perhaps well additionally merely tranquil each athletes fall instant, Group SA will leave Tokyo with perfect THREE medals.
Tokyo Olympics medal table: Where’s South Africa ranked?
Tatjana Schoenmaker is the golden lady of these Olympics, after she obtained each the top prize AND a silver medal in the pool. Our most interesting other medal additionally came from an aquatic pursuit, with Bianca Buitendag claiming silver in the surfing final.
And that’s it. Because it stands, Group SA is ranked a lowly joint-40th in the medal table, tied with Slovakia. It’s a far yowl from our Olympic exploits of 2016, where South Africa brought 10 honours again home – including two golds.
- It’s no longer Group SA’s worst performance on the big stage (*cough, Beijing 2008*), but our Tokyo haul remains underwhelming.