Team South Africa has a lot to be happy about this Monday. Our athletes added four gold medals to the tally over the weekend after incredible performances in the swimming pool and on the Rugby field in Birmingham.

It was the teenagers, Lara van Niekerk and Pieter Coetze, who opened South Africa’s account on Saturday.

Leave it to the Teens

The 19-year-old van Niekerk, who has been in significant form this year, powered to a gold medal in the 50-meter Breaststroke final. In the same race, Olympic Champion Tatjana Schoenmaker fell short of a bronze medal.

The 18-year-old Coetze beat out the opposition on his back. It was a tightly contested 100-meter swim in the Backstroke final and he managed to touch the wall 0.13 seconds ahead of England’s Brodie Paul Williams.

The swimmers carried the momentum over to Sunday, where team South Africa won a gold, a silver, and a bronze.

Twelve South African Swimmers, including the Relay swimmers, were featured in the finals last night. Of the twelve, only three could leave the Sandwell Aquatics Centre with silverware.

So Le Clos, yet so far

Chad le Clos was the first to compete for a medal in the 200-meter Butterfly final. The Olympic Champion looked like his old self over three-quarters of the race, but he came up short of a gold medal.

Le Clos was reeled in by the New Zealander, Lewis Clareburt, at the very end.

His Silver medal was the 18th Commonwealth Games medal of his career. That saw him equal the record for most medals at the Games. The 30-year-old South African is tied with two Sport Shooters. Australian Philip Adams and Englishman Mick Gault.

Le Clos will get the opportunity to become the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete when he lines up in the 100-meter Butterfly.

Tatjana is back on Top

South Africa’s Gold and Bronze medal came in the 200-meter Breaststroke final. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion Tatjana Schoenmaker destroyed the competition. The 24-year-old had a nearly two-second gap over her closest rival when she touched the wall for the last time.

In celebrating the win, she was more excited for compatriot Kaylene Corbett, who won her maiden Commonwealth medal after coming in third. Two hundred of a second off a silver medal pace.

Read More: Another golden night for Team SA at the 2022 Commonwealth Games!

The Magnificent Seven

The weekend was wrapped up in spectacular fashion by the Blitzboks.

The South African Men’s sevens team struggled in the last couple of Sevens Series legs. However, they completely dominated throughout the entire weekend. They conceded only 17-points in the four matches leading up to the final while putting 173-points on the scoreboard.

They continued the trend of ruthless defence and unapologetic attack in the final. Fiji never stood a chance, with the Blitzboks running out 31-7 victors.

That earned the South African sevens team their first Gold medal since the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

 

South Africa at the Games today

Monday 1 August 2022

Swimming

Men’s 50-meter Breaststroke

11:47 Heat 5 – Brenden G Crawford

11:49 Heat 6 – Michael Houlie

 

Women’s 100-meter Freestyle

12:04 Heat 7 – Erin Gallagher + Emma Chelius

12:06 Heat 8 – Aimee Canny

 

Men’s 100-meter Butterfly

12:21 Heat 6 – Matthew Sates

12:24 Heat 7 – Chad le Clos

 

Women’s 200-meter Individual Medley

11:31 Heat 2 – Rebecca Meder

 

Women’s 100-meter Breaststroke

12:39 Heat 2 – Kaylene Corbett

12:42 Heat 3 – Lara van Niekerk

12:45 Heat 4 – Tatjana Schoenmaker

 

Women’s 800-meter Freestyle

13:00 Heat 2 – Michaela Pulford

 

Judo

11:00 – 15:00

Women’s 52kg QF –  Match 16 – Charne Griesel vs Yasmin Javadian NIR

Women’s 57kg QF – Match 19 – Donne Breytenbach vs Lele Nairne ENG

Women’s 48kg QF – Match 20 – Michaela Whitebooi vs TBD

 

Netball

Pool A match 3 of 5

13:00 AUS vs RSA

 

Hockey

Men’s Pool A

15:00 – SCO vs RSA

 

Artistic Gymnastics

Women’s Vault – Final 15:10

Naveen Daries

 

 

Beach Volleyball

Men’s Preliminary Pool B

RSA – Goldschmidt/Williams vs AUS 15:30

 

Lawn Bowls

Para Mixed Pairs Section A Round 2 B2/B3

13:00 RSA vs Wales

Para Mixed Pairs Section A Round 3 B2/B3

17:30 RSA vs ENG

 

Badminton

Mixed Team Quarter Final 4

RSA vs IND 18:30