South Africa’s love affair with London 2012

It was the night of the 100m breaststroke, Cameron van der Burgh was tipped as one of the favourites to take GOLD, but no-one quite expected him to do anything like what he did. 58.46 seconds the time it took him to touch the wall at the end of his swim, a new WORLD RECORD, and the beginning of something great for team South Africa at London 2012!

Team SA went to London with the goal set for them. 12 medals was there target for this years games, and after the brilliant start given to them by Cameron van der Burgh, morale was at an all time high!

Next up it was Chad le Clos who shocked the world in the 200m butterfly final by beating Michael Phelps, the worlds greatest olympian on the final stroke of the swim! Two GOLD medals in the opening few days… It was a wonderful unfamiliar position to be in for Team SA.

What was then expected to be a final where South Africa weren’t really going to be strong contenders was the lightweight men’s rowing four, and with 500m to go, it was proving to be true, as they were lying in 4th place at that stage, when all of a sudden SA found an extra gear and turned it on to motor past the leaders to clinch the third GOLD for Team SA, equaling the most ever gold medals won in a single olympic tournament for South Africa!

All of this inside the first week and with the track events starting tomorrow (Friday) our chance of reaching 4 gold medals are looking the best they have ever before.

Matthew Nepgen


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