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Why the next 48 hours are critical for Workforce SA at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Why the next 48 hours are critical for Workforce SA at the Tokyo Olympic Games
Tatjana Schoenmaker of SA at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in the course of the Olympic Games in Japan on July 26 2021

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By the time most South Africans get up on Tuesday morning‚ Tatjana Schoenmaker will need to beget won the country’s first Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games.

After four days at the old two showpieces at London 2012 and Rio 2016‚ SA had won two medals; 5 years ago they went on to a haul of 10‚ and nine years ago it used to be six.

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By the terminate of Monday the class of 2021 had suffered four medal misses‚ and outmoded Chad Le Clos nearly was No.5 after qualifying for the 200m butterfly semifinals in 16th location on Monday evening.

He went 1min 55.96sec to total fifth in his heat‚ in the attend of favourite Kristof Milak of Hungary‚ who touched in 1: 53.58. Le Clos’s practicing partner‚ Ethan du Preez‚ went 1: 58.50.

At Rio 2016‚ Le Clos went 1: 55.57 in the heats for the third-easiest time‚ and at London 2012 he went 1: 55.23‚ which ranked him fourth general.

His time in 2021 would beget qualified without complications at the old two Games‚ nevertheless it completely scraped him into the prime 16 by easiest eight-hundredths of a 2nd on Monday.

Le Clos‚ the champion in this event in 2012 and fourth in 2016‚ will want to scamper faster in Tuesday’s semifinals to stable a state in Wednesday’s closing.

“Obviously I’ve obtained to raise a greater game the next day and get in the closing and detect what happens‚” he said afterwards‚ admitting he at the originate idea he had left out out on a semifinal state.

“I’m confident in the semis and closing repeatedly‚” he added. “I truly feel good‚ I truly feel confident‚ I’m aloof very confident.”

The Blitzboks had been good price for their two victories on Monday‚ beating Ireland 33-14 and Kenya 14-5.

On Tuesday morning they deem on the US in a critical match to decide the winner of Community C. The loser will nearly unquestionably face Fresh Zealand in the quarterfinals later in the day‚ whereas the winner seems blueprint to deem on Argentina.

The semifinals and closing are on Wednesday.

Two of SA’s medal hopes left out out on Monday.

Rio 2016 bronze medallist Henri Schoeman had to abandon the triathlon after the be troubled of a latest ankle be troubled was insufferable. He had been in the lead neighborhood after the swim and cycle legs‚ nevertheless after 2km into the hurry he used to be carried out.

Then mountain biker Alan Hatherly‚ a more a ways away medal hope‚ carried out an outstanding eighth after a depressed originate that noticed him slither to 31st at one level.

On Sunday cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio‚ additionally a miles away hope in the women’s dual carriageway speed‚ ended 13th‚ nevertheless the elimination of the males’s four rowers‚ who had been correct kind contenders‚ used to be a staunch blow.

Workforce SA started the Olympics with 13 medal hopes‚ nevertheless by the terminate of Monday that had been whittled all the device down to nine photographs ultimate — and no medals but.

The next 48 hours are critical to SA’s fortunes‚ with four medal probabilities. Schoenmaker used to be blueprint to kick off that hurry in the 100m breaststroke closing on Tuesday morning.

Then on Wednesday‚ Le Clos‚ the Blitzboks and Moolman-Pasio in the particular person time trial are the contenders‚ at least on paper.

On Friday Schoenmaker will with any luck claim the 200m breaststroke gold.

And after that there are true four more hopes ultimate‚ all in be aware and area — Akani Simbine (100m)‚ Wayde van Niekerk (400m)‚ lengthy-jumper Ruswahl Samaai and the males’s 4x100m relay.

By the time most SA followers get up on Tuesday‚ they would perchance well beget a reputable idea of how SA would perchance well perchance fare.

– TimesLIVE

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Why the next 48 hours are critical for Workforce SA at the Tokyo Olympic Games