Review of Team South Africa’s performance at London 2012

The Olympic flame is out, the London 2012 Games are officially over, and boy has it been a roller-coaster ride for Team South Africa or what?

Team SA came to the London Games with the target of achieving 12 medals (there previous best being 10) and the attempt to achieve this got off to a superb start in the pool as Cameron von der Burgh & Chad le Clos both got Gold medals for SA (Chad getting a silver as well) and this was then made even better when our rowers added another Gold medal to bring our tally to four.

They then came out in the track and field with expectations from the fans in SA to continue on where they finished in the pool. Sadly they didn’t deliver as Caster Semenya’s silver medal (which felt like a loss more than anything else) was the only one from SA in the track & field events, with Bridgette Hartley also getting SA a bronze medal in the women’s K1 final.

So at the end of it all, all the emotion, highs and lows, blood, sweat, and tears that Team SA and their supporters put into the Olympics, they finished with 6 medals, only half of what was wanted.

This however did not make Team South Africa’s performance in the London 2012 Games a failure, because even though they didn’t achieve the 12 medals, they did get the most medals Team SA have ever achieved post-isolation, and finished as the number one African Country on the medal table and in one of their highest positions ever overall.

Ill end of by saying that the future looks bright for Team South Africa, and I look forward to seeing us progress leading into Rio 2016. Until then Adios Team SA, and congratulations on the fine performance, you definitely made SA proud.

Matthew Nepgen



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