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South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's eighteenth participation overall and sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-apartheid era. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) sent a total of 125 athletes to the Games, 67 men and 58 women, to compete in 17 sports. Field hockey and women's football were the only team-based sports in which South Africa were representation at these Olympic games. There was only a single competitor in archery, BMX cycling, judo, shooting and weightlifting.

South Africa at the
2012 Summer Olympics
Flag of South Africa.svg
IOC codeRSA
NOCSouth African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sascoc.co.za
in London
Competitors125 in 17 sports
Flag bearer Caster Semenya (opening)[1]
Oscar Pistorius (closing)
Medals
Ranked 23rd
Gold
4
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
6
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Notable South African athletes included track stars Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya. Pistorius, a four-time Paralympic champion, set South Africa's historical record as the first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics. Semenya, a middle-distance runner and a world champion who had been subjected to gender testing in 2009,[2] became the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The South African team also featured past Olympic medalists, including swimmer Roland Mark Schoeman, who won a full set of medals in Athens, and long jumper Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, who took silver in Beijing.

After suffering a major setback in Beijing, South Africa recaptured its previous successes in London with a total of six Olympic medals (four gold, one silver, and one bronze). Among the nation's medalists were swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, who each won gold in their events, with Le Clos also winning a silver. Van der Burgh broke both an Olympic record and a world record in men's breaststroke swimming. Meanwhile, le Clos surpassed the defending champion Michael Phelps to claim the title in one of the men's butterfly events. For the first time in its history, South Africa won Olympic medals in rowing and in sprint canoeing.

Contents

MedalistsEdit

ArcheryEdit

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Karen Hultzer Women's individual 631 46   Lionetti (ITA) (19)
L 2–6
Did not advance

AthleticsEdit

South African athletes have entered the following events:

Key
  • Note – Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men

Ofentse Mogawane was injured in a crash during the first heat of the 4 × 400 m relay. On appeal, South Africa was entered into the final with Louis van Zyl replacing Mogawane.[3] Oscar Pistorius made Olympic history, becoming the first double leg amputee ever to participate in the Olympic Games.[4]

 
Lusapho April in men's marathon
 
Oscar Pistorius becomes the first double leg amputee to compete at the Olympics.
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Lusapho April Marathon N/A 2:19:00 43
Lehann Fourie 110 m hurdles 13.49 2 Q 13.28 3 q 13.53 7
Cornel Fredericks 400 m hurdles 52.29 8 Did not advance
Anaso Jobodwana 200 m 20.46 2 Q 20.27 2 Q 20.69 8
Stephen Mokoka Marathon N/A 2:19:52 49
Marc Mundell 50 km walk N/A 3:55:32 AF 32
Coolboy Ngamole Marathon N/A DNF
Andre Olivier 800 m 1:46.42 3 Q 1:45.44 5 Did not advance
Oscar Pistorius 400 m 45.44 2 Q 46.54 8 Did not advance
Louis van Zyl 400 m hurdles 50.31 6 Did not advance
Willem de Beer
Shaun de Jager
Ofentse Mogawane
Oscar Pistorius
Louis van Zyl
4 × 400 m relay DNF* N/A 3:03.46 SB 8

* Allowed into final on appeal

Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena Long jump 8.02 7 q 7.93 8
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Willem Coertzen Result 11.09 7.17 13.79 2.05 48.56 14.15 43.58 4.50 64.79 4:26.52 8173 9
Points 841 854 715 850 882 955 738 760 810 768
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Rene Kalmer Marathon N/A 2:30:51 35
Tanith Maxwell N/A 2:40:27 81
Caster Semenya 800 m 2:00.71 2 Q 1:57.67 SB 1 Q 1:57.23  
Irvette van Blerk Marathon N/A DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Sunette Viljoen Javelin throw 65.92 3 Q 64.53 4

BadmintonEdit

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Dorian James
Willem Viljoen
Men's doubles   Boe /
Mogensen (DEN)
L 6–21, 12–21
  Chai B /
Guo Zd (CHN)
L 8–21, 13–21
  Ivanov /
Sozonov (RUS)
L 13–21, 15–21
4 Did not advance
Michelle Edwards
Annari Viljoen
Women's doubles   Choo /
Veeran (AUS)
L 9–21, 7–21
  Ha J-e /
Kim M-j (KOR)
L 8–21, 7–21
  Jauhari /
Polii (INA)
L 18–21, 10–21
2 Q   Sorokina /
Vislova (RUS)
L 9–21, 7–21
Did not advance

BoxingEdit

South Africa has entered boxers for the following events[5]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ayabonga Sonjica Bantamweight   Dalakliev (BUL)
L 6–15
Did not advance
Siphiwe Lusizi Welterweight   Abdul-Karim (IRQ)
W 17–13
  Maestre (VEN)
L 13–18
Did not advance

CanoeingEdit

SprintEdit

South Africa has entered canoeists for the following events

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bridgitte Hartley Women's K-1 500 m 1:53.051 2 Q 1:51.286 1 FA 1:52.923  
Tiffany Kruger Women's K-1 200 m 46.122 7 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)

CyclingEdit

South Africa has entered nine cyclists.

RoadEdit

Athlete Event Time Rank
Daryl Impey Men's road race 5:46:37 40
Robyn de Groot Women's road race OTL
Ashleigh Moolman Women's road race 3:35:56 16
Women's time trial 42:23.57 24
Joanna van de Winkel Women's road race 3:35:56 28

TrackEdit

Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Round 1 Repechage 1 Round 2 Repechage 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Bernard Esterhuizen Men's sprint 10.350
69.565
15   Förstemann (GER)
L
  Mazquiarán (ESP)
  Zhang M (CHN)
W 10.762
66.902
  Kenny (GBR)
L
  Förstemann (GER)
  Kelemen (CZE)
L
Did not advance 9th place final
  Nakagawa (JPN)
  Kelemen (CZE)
  Canelón (VEN)
L
11

Mountain bikingEdit

Athlete Event Time Rank
Phillip Buys Men's cross-country[6] 1:40:11 35
Burry Stander 1:29:37 5
Candice Neethling Women's cross-country[7] 1:45:03 28

BMXEdit

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Sifiso Nhlapo Men's BMX 40.788 30 27 8 Did not advance

EquestrianEdit

EventingEdit

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Alexander Peternell[8] Asih Individual 70.40 72 46.00 116.40 56 7.00 123.40 =27 Did not advance 123.40 49

Field hockeyEdit

South Africa has qualified for both the men's and the women's event.

  • Men's team event – 1 team of 16 players
  • Women's team event – 1 team of 16 players

Men's tournamentEdit

Roster

The following is the South African roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[9]

Head Coach: Gregg Clark

Reserves:


Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 5 3 2 0 23 5 +18 11 Advance to the semi-finals
2   Great Britain (H) 5 2 3 0 14 8 +6 9
3   Spain 5 2 2 1 8 10 −2 8 Fifth place game
4   Pakistan 5 2 1 2 9 16 −7 7 Seventh place game
5   Argentina 5 1 1 3 10 14 −4 4 Ninth place game
6   South Africa 5 0 1 4 11 22 −11 1 Eleventh place game
Source: FIH
(H) Host.


30 July 2012
10:45
Australia   6–0   South Africa
Dywer   16'48'58'
Butturini   33'
Ciriello   46'
Turner   62'
Report
Umpires:
Roel van Eert (NED)
Marcin Grochal (POL)
1 August 2012
16:00
South Africa   2–2   Great Britain
Smith   60'
Robinson   64'
Report Jackson   14'68'
Umpires:
Nigel Iggo (NZL)
Roel van Eert (NED)
3 August 2012
19:00
South Africa   2–3   Spain
Reid-Ross   26'
Norris-Jones   63'
Report Salles   30'
Quemada   42'
Delas   55'
Umpires:
German Montes de Oca (ARG)
Tim Pullman (AUS)
5 August 2012
10:45
Pakistan   5–4   South Africa
Khan   20'26'
Rasool   23'
Abbas   64'
Ahmed   67'
Report McDade   2'
Reid-Ross   22'35'
Paton   48'
Umpires:
Marcelo Servetto (ESP)
Colin Hutchinson (IRL)
7 August 2012
13:45
Argentina   6–3   South Africa
Peillat   25'39'65'
Rossi   33'
Callioni   45'50'
Report Reid-Ross   7'
Norris-Jones   8'
Robinson   64'
Umpires:
Raghu Prasad (IND)
Nathan Stagno (GIB)
11th/12th place
11 August 2012
08:30
South Africa   3–2   India
Cronje   8'
Drummond   34'
Norris-Jones   65'
Report San. Singh   14'
D. Singh   67'
Umpires:
Kim Hong-lae (KOR)
German Montes de Oca (ARG)

Women's tournamentEdit

Roster

The following is the South Africa roster in the women's field hockey tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[10]

Head Coach: Giles Bonnet

Reserves:

Group play
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina 5 3 1 1 12 4 +8 10
  New Zealand 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4 10
  Australia 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
  Germany 5 2 1 2 6 7 −1 7
  South Africa 5 1 0 4 9 14 −5 3
  United States 5 1 0 4 4 13 −9 3

     Advanced to semifinals

29 July 2012
16:00
Argentina   7–1   South Africa
Aymar   8'29'
J. Sruoga   20'
Cavallero   25'
Rebecchi   31'
Barrionuevo   62'
D'Elía   68'
Report Chamberlain   23'
Umpires:
Miao Lin (CHN)
Lisa Roach (AUS)
31 July 2012
10:45
South Africa   1–4   New Zealand
Coetzee   52' Report C. Harrison   2'
Eshuis   22'
Sharland   29'61'
Umpires:
Chieko Soma (JPN)
Amy Hassick (USA)
2 August 2012
16:00
South Africa   0–2   Germany
Report Mavers   25'
Rinne   44'
Umpires:
Elena Eskina (RUS)
Kang Hyun-young (KOR)
4 August 2012
08:30
Australia   1–0   South Africa
Close   8' Report
Umpires:
Miao Lin (CHN)
Amy Hassick (USA)
6 August 2012
10:45
United States   0–7   South Africa
Report Bright   14'44'
George   20'
Wilson   25'
Coetzee   33'62'
Chamberlain   54'
Umpires:
Frances Block (GBR)
Claire Adenot (FRA)
9th/10th place
8 August 2012
08:30
Japan   2–1 (a.e.t.)   South Africa
Murakami   63'80' Report Deetlefs   27'
Umpires:
Stella Bartlema (NED)
Amy Hassick (USA)

FootballEdit

South Africa is qualified for the women's event.

  • Women's team event – 1 team of 18 players

Women's tournamentEdit

Team roster

The following is the South African roster in the women's football tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[11]

Coach: Joseph Mkhonza

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2012 club
1 1GK Roxanne Barker (1991-05-06)6 May 1991 (aged 21) 6 0   Pepperdine University
2 3MF Robyn Moodaly (1994-06-16)16 June 1994 (aged 18) 12 1   High Performance Centre
3 2DF Nothando Vilakazi (1988-10-28)28 October 1988 (aged 23) 30 6   Palace Super Falcons
4 2DF Amanda Sister (1990-03-01)1 March 1990 (aged 22) 33 1   Liverpool
5 2DF Janine van Wyk (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 25) 76 8   Palace Super Falcons
6 2DF Zamandosi Cele (1990-12-26)26 December 1990 (aged 21) 18 0   Durban
7 3MF Leandra Smeda (1989-07-22)22 July 1989 (aged 23) 19 3   Cape Town Roses
8 3MF Kylie Louw (1989-01-15)15 January 1989 (aged 23) 72 7   Stephen F. Austin State University
9 3MF Amanda Dlamini (c) (1988-07-22)22 July 1988 (aged 24) 49 16   University of Johannesburg
10 3MF Marry Ntsweng (1989-12-19)19 December 1989 (aged 22) 41 1   Tshwane University
11 4FW Noko Matlou (1985-09-30)30 September 1985 (aged 26) 74 55   University of Johannesburg
12 4FW Portia Modise (1983-06-20)20 June 1983 (aged 29) 92 71   Palace Super Falcons
13 3MF Gabisile Hlumbane (1986-12-20)20 December 1986 (aged 25) 33 0   Kovsies
14 4FW Sanah Mollo (1987-01-30)30 January 1987 (aged 25) 26 8   Bloemfontein Celtic
15 2DF Refiloe Jane (1992-08-04)4 August 1992 (aged 19) 5 0   Mamelodi Sundowns
16 3MF Mpumi Nyandeni (1987-08-19)19 August 1987 (aged 24) 93 7   WFC Rossiyanka
17 4FW Andisiwe Mgcoyi (1988-07-03)3 July 1988 (aged 24) 21 4   Mamelodi Sundowns
18 1GK Thokozile Mndaweni (1981-08-08)8 August 1981 (aged 30) 57 1   University of Johannesburg
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3 5 Qualified for the quarter-finals
2   Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
4   South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Sweden  4–1  South Africa
Fischer   7'
Dahlkvist   20'
Schelin   21'63'
Report Modise   60'
Canada  3–0  South Africa
Tancredi   7'
Sinclair   58'86'
Report
Japan  0–0  South Africa
Report
Attendance: 24,202[14]
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)

JudoEdit

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Gideon van Zyl Men's −73 kg Bye   Orujov (AZE)
L 0101–0100
Did not advance

RowingEdit

South Africa has entered the following events.

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Finals
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Matthew Brittain
Sizwe Ndlovu
John Smith
James Thompson
Lightweight four 5:54.62 2 SA/B Bye 6:04.21 2 FA 6:02.84  
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Finals
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lee-Ann Persse
Naydene Smith
Pair 7:14.31 4 R 7:18.96 5 FB 7:56.40 7

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

SailingEdit

South Africa has entered one boat for the following event.

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Asenathi Jim
Roger Hudson
470 18 27 27 20 26 26 13 15 25 24 EL 194 26

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race;

ShootingEdit

South Africa has entered one competitor in shooting;[15]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Alistair Davis Double trap 132 15 Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Twenty South African swimmers have entered the following events:

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Charl Crous 100 m backstroke 55.37 33 Did not advance
Heerden Herman 400 m freestyle 3:57.28 25 N/A Did not advance
1500 m freestyle 15:25.71 21 N/A Did not advance
Chad le Clos 100 m butterfly 51.54 1 Q 51.42 2 Q 51.44  
200 m butterfly 1:55.23 4 Q 1:54.34 AF 3 Q 1:52.96 AF  
200 m individual medley 1:59.45 11 Q 1:58.49 =7 Q Withdrew
400 m individual medley 4:12.24 2 Q N/A 4:12.42 5
Gideon Louw 50 m freestyle 22.12 11 Q 21.92 9 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 48.29 2 Q 48.44 =9 Did not advance
Graeme Moore 100 m freestyle 49.29 21 Did not advance
Darren Murray 200 m backstroke 2:00.01 25 Did not advance
Troyden Prinsloo 10 km open water N/A 1:50:52.9 12
Riaan Schoeman 400 m individual medley 4:17.22 19 N/A Did not advance
Roland Mark Schoeman 50 m freestyle 21.92 5 Q 21.88 =7 Q 21.80 6
Darian Townsend 200 m individual medley 2:00.67 21 Did not advance
Cameron van der Burgh 100 m breaststroke 59.79 6 Q 58.83 OR 1 Q 58.46 WR  
Gideon Louw
Graeme Moore
Roland Mark Schoeman
Darian Townsend
4 × 100 m freestyle relay 3:13.93 7 Q N/A 3:13.45 5
Jean Basson
Chad le Clos
Sebastien Rousseau
Darian Townsend
4 × 200 m freestyle relay 7:11.51 7 Q N/A 7:09.65 7
Charl Crous
Chad le Clos
Gideon Louw
Leith Shankland
Darian Townsend
Cameron van der Burgh
4 × 100 m medley relay 3:35.23 13 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Trudi Maree 50 m freestyle 25.78 36 Did not advance
Kathryn Meaklim 200 m individual medley 2:15.25 24 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:43.46 16 N/A Did not advance
Karin Prinsloo 200 m freestyle 1:59.24 20 Did not advance
200 m backstroke 2:10.34 13 Q 2:11.42 16 Did not advance
Jessica Roux 10 km open water N/A DNF
Wendy Trott 400 m freestyle 4:11.63 22 N/A Did not advance
800 m freestyle 8:28.98 12 N/A Did not advance
Suzaan van Biljon 100 m breaststroke 1:07.54 12 Q 1:07.68 11 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:25.94 9 Q 2:23.21 AF 5 Q 2:23.72 7

TriathlonEdit

South Africa has entered one man and two women.

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Richard Murray Men's 18:11 0:35 59:38 0:26 30:25 1:49:15 17
Kate Roberts Women's 19:23 0:40 1:07:21 0:34 34:48 2:02:46 22
Gillian Sanders 19:29 0:38 1:05:31 0:32 36:18 2:02:28 19

VolleyballEdit

BeachEdit

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Freedom Chiya
Grant Goldschmidt
Men's Pool D
  GibbRosenthal (USA)
L 0 – 2 (10–21, 11–21)
  SamoilovsSorokins (LAT)
L 0 – 2 (13–21, 10–21)
  FijałekPrudel (POL)
L 0 – 2 (19–21, 13–21)
4 Did not advance 19

WeightliftingEdit

South Africa has entered one weightlifter.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Jean Greeff Men's −94 kg 137 20 176 20 313 20

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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