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Chillies remembered

Thursday February 23, 2012

SASCOC on Thursday joined the South African football fraternity in mourning the passing of former Bafana Bafana player Thabang Lebese.

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Sam’s tribute to DG

Monday February 28, 2011

SASCOC President Gideon Sam has paid tribute to Vernie Petersen, Director General of the department of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), who passed away on Sunday, at the age of 52.

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Tribute to Uren

Sunday February 6, 2011

The country’s Olympic governing body, SASCOC this weekend mourned the loss of prominent sporting personality Raymond Uren.

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Olympic ace saves boy

Friday January 21, 2011

Deaf Olympic swimmer Terence Parkin saved a seven-year-old from drowning after he was reportedly sucked in by a swimming pool vent at a Johannesburg gym, The Star newspaper reported on Friday.

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Our Olympic medallists (since 1992)

Thursday February 26, 2009
1992 Barcelona
Elana Meyer’s 10 000m silver
Meyer went to Barcelona as the golden girl of South African athletics. The Ethiopian Derartu Tulu was the main obstacle in the chase for the gold medal. The Kenyan Hellen Kimaiyo won the first heat in 31min 58.63sec, while Meyer looked comfortable in finishing a distant second to Tulu in their heat, Meyer timing 32:05.45. The final itself was on a balmy Friday evening, 7 August 1992, in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium. Meyer hit the front early on in the 25-lap final and one-by-one her rivals dropped off the pace. All except for Tulu, who stuck to Meyer’s heels. When it came down to the kick for home, the Ethiopian lengthened her stride and swept past the South African, leaving Meyer to settle for a creditable second, and the silver medal, in 31:11.75. 
Pietie Norval and Wayne Ferreira tennis men’s doubles silver

The Australian pair of John Fitzgerald and Todd Woodbridge went into the event as favourites and top seeds, while Norval and Ferreira were seeded four. The South Africans came through their first three matches in the bottom half of the draw with the loss of just one set. In the semi-finals they beat the unseeded Goran Ivanisevic and Goran Prpic in five sets and faced the sixth-seeded Germans of Boris Becker and Michael Stich in then final. It was Becker and Stich who played the big point better, going on to take the gold medal in four sets, 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-3.

1996 Atlanta
Penny Heyns, double breaststroke gold
Heyns was South Africa’s best hope for a first Olympic gold medal in 44 years and the Nebraska (US)-based swimmer arrived in Atlanta brimful of confidence, knowing the Australian Samantha Riley was the big danger. Heyns however made her intentions known by breaking the world 100m record in the heats. In the final Heyns turned first and dug dig deep as the American starlet Amanda Beard closed the gap. Heyns held on to win in 1:07.73, just ahead of Beard (1:08.09), with Riley well third. In the 200m breaststroke, Heyns won the semi-final and in the final a familiar pattern unfolded; the South African led all the way, before Beard came to challenge. Again, Beard fell short as Heyns took her second gold in 2:25.41.
Marianne Kriel, women’s backstroke bronze
Kriel, who along with boxer Fana Tawala were the team ‘captains’, felt the positive energy coming from the Heyns success and used it to great effect in the women’s 100m backstroke. She won her heat in the third fastest time of all the qualifiers, and followed that up by maintaining her form in the final. Kriel’s 1:02.12 in the final was enough to secure her a bronze medal, behind Americans Beth Botsford and Whitney Hedgepeth. 
Josia Thugwane, marathon man, gold
In the lottery that is the men’s marathon, Thugwane, an outsider, won a dramatic race in one of the closest finishes ever. The race started with a field of 124. Some 13 runners failed to complete the 42.2km, but Thugwane showed perfect judgement. He held off a sprinting Korean Lee-Bong Ju down the final straight to win in 2hr 12min 36sec, three second clear of the silver medallist and only eight seconds ahead of the third-placed finisher. Lawrence Peu faded to 27th (2:18:09) and the best fancied of the South Africans, Gert Thys, was 33rd in 2:18:55.
Hezekiel Sepeng, 800m silver

The quality of the final could be seen in that Sepeng’s time of 1min 42.74sec bettered the 12-year-old Olympic record of Joaquim Cruz’s 1:43.00. Sepeng ran one of the races of his life but was eventually touched off by Vebjorn Nadal, of Norway, who crossed the line in 1:45.30.

2000 Sydney
Hestrie Cloete and Terence Parkin, silver medals
Cloete was desperately unlucky not to pick up the gold medal, failing by a centimetre. She cleared a season’s best 2.01m, the same height as the Russian Yelena Yelesina, but the South African was beaten for gold in the countback. The deaf Parkin was competing in his first able-bodied Games at the age of 20. He surprised all and sundry when winning the silver medal. While the final itself never looked as though it would result in him winning gold, he held on with sheer guts to finish second in 2:12.50. The Italian Domenico Fioravanti timed 2:10.87 to claim gold.
Bronze winners
Llewellyn Herbert was one of the favouriutes to pick up the gold, but had a poor lane in the final. Still, the South African produced a fast finish, but was still unable to peg back the two in front of him, the American Angelo Taylor winning in 47.50 and Herbert taking bronze in 47.81. Frantz Kruger also collected a bronze, in the men’s discus. He hurled it 68.19m, some 31cm off the silver but 1.11m away from the gold. Penny Heyns was in the final phase of her career and won the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, before failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the 200m, in the last race she swam.

 

2004 Athens
Roland Schoeman’s three medals
The Awesome Foursome of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling produced one of the indelible images of the 2004 Games when they shocked the Netherlands, the United States and Australia in the final of the 4x100m freestyle. The South Africans broke the world record and lowered it to 3:13.17. Schoeman himself went on to become the most successful of any South African at a single Olympics, adding a silver (the men’s 100m freestyle) and bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle.
Two silvers and a bronze
Hestrie Cloete claimed her second successive silver medal, this time leaping 2.02m, but was out-jumped by the Russian Yelena Slesarenko, who upped the Olympic record to 2.06m. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi had qualified strongly for the men’s 800m final but his 1:44.61 was only good enough for the silver. Rowing’s Donovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente claimed the men’s coxless pairs bronze medal.

 

2008 Beijing
Godfrey Mokoena, men’s long jump silver medal
It was left to Godfrey Mokoena, who qualified for the final with a leap of 8.14m in the men’s long jump, to save South Africa from embarrassment. Mokoena leapt to 8.24m in the final, which was enough to see him take home the silver medal.

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