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South Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventh consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-apartheid era, and nineteenth overall in Summer Olympic history. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) sent the nation's largest ever delegation to the Olympics, with a total of 138 athletes, 93 men and 45 women, competing across 15 sports.

South Africa at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of South Africa.svg
IOC code RSA
NOC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Website www.sascoc.co.za
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 138 in 15 sports
Flag bearer Wayde van Niekerk (opening)[1]
Caster Semenya (closing)
Medals
Ranked 30th
Gold
2
Silver
6
Bronze
2
Total
10
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

South Africa left Rio de Janeiro with a total of 10 medals (2 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze), marking the nation's most successful Olympics since its readmission in 1992. Moreover, it attained the potential medal target set by SASCOC for the Games.[2][3] Four of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes, including two golds won respectively by runners Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, who broke the 16-year-old world record in the men's 400 metres.[4] South Africa also proved particularly successful in team sports, as the rugby sevens squad, popularly known by locals as Blitzboks, scored a historic bronze over Japan in the men's tournament.[5]

Among the medalists were Luvo Manyonga, who overcame drug addiction to achieve a runner-up finish in the men's long jump, cancer survivor Lawrence Brittain, who picked up a silver alongside his veteran partner Shaun Keeling in the men's rowing pair, and Henri Schoeman, who surprised the field by securing South Africa's first ever triathlon medal with a bronze in the men's race.[6] Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos contributed three of the country's silver medals in the pool, with le Clos emerging as South Africa's most decorated Olympian of all-time at four medals (one gold and three silver) over two Games.[7] Meanwhile, Sunette Viljoen rebounded from a disappointing 2012 result to ascend the Olympic podium at her fourth Games, earning a silver in the women's javelin throw.[8]

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MedalistsEdit

CompetitorsEdit

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) confirmed a team of 138 athletes, 93 men and 45 women, to compete across 15 sports at the Games.[9] It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, breaking its previous record of 134 athletes set in Beijing 2008.

By May 2015, SASCOC enforced a stringent selection policy to ensure that only world-class athletes would compete for the Olympic team. Specifically, SASCOC would not accept any Olympic places for teams or individual-based athletes, who qualified through African continental routes. For some sports, however, where continental route was the only available path, additional athletes or teams would be applicable for selection.[10]

As a result of SASCOC's selection policy, South Africa permitted to only send football (for both men and women) and men's rugby sevens teams to the Games.[9] For individual-based sports, South Africa marked its Olympic debut in golf (new to the 2016 Games) and equestrian dressage, as well as its return to diving and artistic gymnastics after a near decade of absence.

Track and field accounted for the largest number of athletes on the South African team, with 39 entries. There was a single competitor each in badminton, diving, equestrian, artistic gymnastics, and judo.[11]

Seven of the past Olympic medalists from individual-based sports returned, including defending swimming champions Cameron van der Burgh (men's 100 m breaststroke) and Chad le Clos (men's 200 m butterfly), triple jumper Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, middle-distance runner Caster Semenya (women's 800 m), and flatwater canoeist Bridgitte Hartley. Rowers John Smith and James Thompson, both of whom won gold as members of the former lightweight four crew at London 2012, paired up to take on the men's lightweight double sculls at the Games.[12] Along with Mokoena, javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen joined the exclusive club of South African athletes who competed in four consecutive Olympics, becoming the first female from her country to do so.[13]

18-year-old football midfielder Linda Motlhalo was South Africa's youngest competitor, with sailor Roger Hudson, who raced alongside his London 2012 partner Asenathi Jim in the men's 470 class, rounding out the field as the oldest competitor (aged 38). Other notable South African athletes included world-ranked triathlete Richard Murray, and cancer survivor Lawrence Brittain, together with his veteran partner Shaun Keeling in the men's rowing pair. Track star Wayde van Niekerk, who entered the Games as the reigning world champion and a potential gold medal favorite in the men's 400 metres, led the South African team as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony, the first by a male after 12 years.[1][14]

Athletics (track and field)Edit

South African athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[15][16]

On 25 May 2016, six marathon runners (three per gender) were named as part of the initial batch of nominated athletes to the Olympic roster for Rio 2016, including London 2012 Olympians Lusapho April and Irvette van Zyl.[17] Following the end of the qualifying period on 11 July, thirty-nine athletes (26 men and 13 women) rounded out the nation's track and field roster for the Games three days later, with triple jumper and Beijing 2008 silver medalist Godfrey Khotso Mokoena leading the team for his fourth straight Olympics.[18]

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
  • NM = No mark

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Antonio Alkana 110 m hurdles 13.64 5 q N/A 13.55 7 Did not advance
Lusapho April Marathon N/A 2:15:24 24
Henricho Bruintjies 100 m Bye 10.33 6 Did not advance
Elroy Gelant 5000 m 13:22.00 7 q N/A 13:17.47 14
Lungile Gongqa Marathon N/A DNF
Le Roux Hamman 400 m hurdles 49.72 7 N/A Did not advance
Lindsay Hanekom 50.22 7 N/A Did not advance
Tlotliso Leotlela 200 m 20.59 4 N/A Did not advance
Anaso Jobodwana 200 m 20.53 4 N/A Did not advance
Stephen Mokoka 10000 m N/A 27:54.57 18
Marc Mundell 50 km walk N/A 4:11:03 38
Clarence Munyai 200 m 20.66 3 N/A Did not advance
Sibusiso Nzima Marathon N/A 2:25:33 97
Jacob Rozani 800 m 1:49.79 5 N/A Did not advance
Lebogang Shange 20 km walk N/A 1:25:07 44
Akani Simbine 100 m Bye 10.14 1 Q 9.98 3 q 9.94 5
Wayne Snyman 20 km walk N/A 1:29:20 58
Wayde van Niekerk 400 m 45.26 1 Q N/A 44.45 2 Q 43.03 WR  
Reinhardt van Rensburg 800 m 1:45.67 2 Q N/A 1:45.33 5 Did not advance
Louis van Zyl 400 m hurdles 49.12 2 Q N/A 49.00 5 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Stefan Brits Long jump 7.71 22 Did not advance
Luvo Manyonga 8.12 4 q 8.37  
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena Triple jump 16.51 21 Did not advance
Rushwahl Samaai Long jump 8.03 5 q 7.97 9
Rocco van Rooyen Javelin throw 78.48 24 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Willem Coertzen Result 11.12 6.98 14.00 DNS DNF
Points 834 809 728 0
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Alyssa Conley 100 m Bye 11.57 6 Did not advance
200 m 23.17 4 N/A Did not advance
Carina Horn 100 m Bye 11.32 2 Q 11.20 6 Did not advance
Christine Kalmer Marathon N/A 2:48:24 96
Wenda Nel 400 m hurdles 55.55 2 Q N/A 55.83 6 Did not advance
Justine Palframan 200 m 23.33 5 N/A Did not advance
400 m 53.96 7 N/A Did not advance
Anél Oosthuizen 20 km walk N/A 1:45:06 63
Dina Lebo Phalula Marathon N/A 2:41:46 63
Dominique Scott 10000 m N/A 31:51.47 21
Caster Semenya 800 m 1:59.31 1 Q N/A 1:58.15 1 Q 1:55.28 NR  
Tsholofelo Thipe 400 m 52.80 4 N/A Did not advance
Irvette van Zyl Marathon N/A DNS
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Lynique Prinsloo Long jump 6.10 33 Did not advance
Sunette Viljoen Javelin throw 63.54 6 Q 64.92  

BadmintonEdit

Jacob Maliekal qualified for the men's singles into the Olympic tournament. He picked up a continental berth as Africa's top shuttler based on his performance in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[19]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jacob Maliekal Men's singles   Son W-h (KOR)
L (10–21, 10–21)
  Pochtarev (UKR)
W (21–18, 21–19)
2 Did not advance

CanoeingEdit

SprintEdit

Bridgitte Hartley qualified for the Women's K-1 500 metres through the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.[20]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bridgitte Hartley Women's K-1 200 m 41.698 3 Q 41.478 3 FB 42.066 13
Women's K-1 500 m 1:55.737 3 Q 1:58.397 5 FB 2:01.890 16

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

CyclingEdit

RoadEdit

Four South African riders qualified for the following places in the men's and women's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 4 national ranking in the 2015 UCI Africa Tour (for men) and top 22 in the UCI World Ranking (for women).[21][22][23] The men's road cycling team, Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjes, were named as part of the initial batch of nominated athletes to the Olympic roster on 25 May 2016, with the women, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Kachelhoffer joining them on 14 July. Moolman-Pasio also qualified for the time trial.[17]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Daryl Impey Men's road race 6:19:43 28
Louis Meintjes 6:10:27 7
An-Li Kachelhoffer Women's road race 4:01:29 39
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Women's road race 3:52:41 10
Women's time trial 46:29.11 12

Mountain bikingEdit

South African mountain bikers, Alan Hatherly and James Reid qualified for the Olympic cross-country race, as a result of the nation's twelfth-place finish in the UCI Olympic Ranking List of 25 May 2016.

Athlete Event Time Rank
Alan Hatherly Men's cross-country 1:42:03 26
James Reid LAP (3 laps) 42

BMXEdit

Kyle Dodd qualified for one men's quota place in BMX at the Olympics, as a result of his top three placement for men, not yet qualified, at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships.

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Kyle Dodd Men's BMX 36.45 26 14 6 Did not advance

DivingEdit

Julia Vincent qualified by virtue of her top national finish from Africa at the 2015 FINA World Championships.[17][24]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Julia Vincent Women's 3 m springboard 220.30 29 Did not advance

EquestrianEdit

Dressage rider, Tanya Seymour, qualified for the equestrian competition by virtue of her top national finish from Africa and the Middle East at the FEI qualification event in Perl, Germany.[25]

DressageEdit

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Tanya Seymour Ramoneur Individual 63.929 56 Did not advance

FootballEdit

Summary

Key:

Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
South Africa men's Men's tournament   Brazil
D 0–0
  Denmark
L 0–1
  Iraq
D 1–1
4 Did not advance 13
South Africa women's Women's tournament   Sweden
L 0–1
  China PR
L 0–2
  Brazil
D 0–0
4 Did not advance 10

Men's tournamentEdit

South Africa men's football team qualified for the Olympics by winning the third-place playoff of the 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.[26]

Team roster

The following is the South Africa squad in the men's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team of 18 players was officially named on 14 July.[27]

Head coach: Owen Da Gama

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jody February (1996-05-12)12 May 1996 (aged 20) 0 0   Ajax Cape Town
2 2DF Eric Mathoho* (1990-03-01)1 March 1990 (aged 26) 0 0   Kaizer Chiefs
3 2DF Repo Malepe (1997-02-18)18 February 1997 (aged 19) 0 0   Orlando Pirates
4 4FW Mothobi Mvala (1994-06-14)14 June 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   Highlands Park
5 2DF Rivaldo Coetzee (1996-10-16)16 October 1996 (aged 19) 0 0   Ajax Cape Town
6 2DF Kwandakwensizwa Mngonyama (1993-09-25)25 September 1993 (aged 22) 0 0   Maritzburg United
7 3MF Menzi Masuku (1993-04-15)15 April 1993 (aged 23) 0 0   Orlando Pirates
8 3MF Tyroane Sandows (1995-02-12)12 February 1995 (aged 21) 0 0   Grêmio
9 4FW Tashreeq Morris (1994-05-13)13 May 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   Ajax Cape Town
10 4FW Keagan Dolly (c) (1993-01-22)22 January 1993 (aged 23) 0 0   Mamelodi Sundowns
11 3MF Maphosa Modiba (1995-07-22)22 July 1995 (aged 21) 0 0   Mpumalanga Black Aces
12 4FW Lebo Mothiba (1996-01-28)28 January 1996 (aged 20) 0 0   Lille
13 2DF Abbubaker Mobara (1994-02-18)18 February 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   Orlando Pirates
14 3MF Gift Motupa (1994-09-23)23 September 1994 (aged 21) 0 0   Orlando Pirates
15 3MF Phumlani Ntshangase (1994-12-24)24 December 1994 (aged 21) 0 0   Bidvest Wits
16 1GK Itumeleng Khune* (1987-06-20)20 June 1987 (aged 29) 0 0   Kaizer Chiefs
17 2DF Tebogo Moerane (1995-04-07)7 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 0   Bidvest Wits
18 3MF Deolin Mekoa (1993-08-10)10 August 1993 (aged 22) 0 0   Maritzburg United
19 4FW Andile Fikizolo (1994-05-13)13 May 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   Lamontville Golden Arrows
21 4FW Thabiso Kutumela (1993-07-03)3 July 1993 (aged 23) 0 0   Baroka

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil (H) 3 1 2 0 4 0 +4 5 Quarter-finals
2   Denmark 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
3   Iraq 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4   South Africa 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Brazil  0–0  South Africa
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

Denmark  1–0  South Africa
Skov   69' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

South Africa  1–1  Iraq
Motupa   6' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Abdul-Amir   14'

Women's tournamentEdit

South Africa women's football team qualified for the Olympics by winning the fourth round play-off of the 2015 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.[31]

Team roster

The following is the South Africa squad in the women's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team of 18 athletes was officially named on 14 July 2016.[32]

Thembi Kgatlana replaced the injured Shiwe Nongwanya after the first group stage match.[33]

Head coach: Vera Pauw

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2016 club
1 1GK Roxanne Barker (1991-05-06)6 May 1991 (aged 25) 28 0   Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar
2 2DF Lebogang Ramalepe (1991-12-03)3 December 1991 (aged 24) 27 1   MaIndies
3 2DF Nothando Vilakazi (1988-10-28)28 October 1988 (aged 27) 86 5   Palace Super Falcons
4 2DF Noko Matlou (1985-09-30)30 September 1985 (aged 30) 124 63   MaIndies
5 2DF Janine van Wyk (c) (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 29) 131 11   JVW
6 3MF Mamello Makhabane (1988-02-24)24 February 1988 (aged 28) 71 18   JVW
7 3MF Stephanie Malherbe (1996-04-05)5 April 1996 (aged 20) 7 0   Texas A&M University
8 3MF Robyn Moodaly (1994-06-16)16 June 1994 (aged 22) 14 2   University of Northwestern Ohio
9 3MF Amanda Dlamini (1988-07-22)22 July 1988 (aged 28) 100 24   University of Johannesburg
10 3MF Linda Motlhalo (1998-07-01)1 July 1998 (aged 18) 8 3   FKM Nové Zámky
11 4FW Shiwe Nongwanya (1994-03-07)7 March 1994 (aged 22) 28 4   Bloemfontein Celtic
12 4FW Jermaine Seoposenwe (1993-10-12)12 October 1993 (aged 22) 41 10   Samford University
13 2DF Bambanani Mbane (1990-03-12)12 March 1990 (aged 26) 2 0   Bloemfontein Celtic
14 4FW Sanah Mollo (1987-01-30)30 January 1987 (aged 29) 69 21   Mamelodi Sundowns
15 3MF Refiloe Jane (1992-08-04)4 August 1992 (aged 23) 62 5   Vaal University of Technology
16 1GK Andile Dlamini (1992-09-02)2 September 1992 (aged 23) 19 0   Mamelodi Sundowns
17 3MF Leandra Smeda (1989-07-22)22 July 1989 (aged 27) 60 13   University of the Western Cape
18 3MF Nompumelelo Nyandeni (1987-08-19)19 August 1987 (aged 28) 125 38   JVW
20 4FW Thembi Kgatlana (1996-05-02)2 May 1996 (aged 20) 0 0   University of the Western Cape
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil (H) 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7 Quarter-finals
2   China PR 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
3   Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3 4
4   South Africa 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Sweden  1–0  South Africa
Fischer   76' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

South Africa  0–2  China PR
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Gu Yasha   45+1'
Tan Ruyin   87'

South Africa  0–0  Brazil
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

GolfEdit

South Africa has entered four golfers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Brandon Stone (world no. 92), Jaco van Zyl (world no. 67), Paula Reto (world no. 122) and Ashleigh Simon (world no. 214) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for their respective individual events based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[37][38]

Former major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, ranked twelfth and twentieth in the men's world rankings respectively, announced in April 2016 that they would not compete in Rio.[39][40]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Brandon Stone Men's 75 72 71 75 293 + 9 =55
Jaco van Zyl 71 74 70 71 286 +2 =43
Paula Reto Women's 74 67 68 71 280 −4 =16
Ashleigh Simon 75 69 77 75 296 +12 50

GymnasticsEdit

ArtisticEdit

South Africa has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition for the first time since 2004. Ryan Patterson had claimed his Olympic spot in the men's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[17] Moreover, he became the first male South African gymnast to compete at the Games since 1956.[41]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Ryan Patterson All-around 14.300 13.033 13.333 13.733 13.000 13.291 80.690 46 Did not advance

JudoEdit

South Africa has qualified one judoka for the men's middleweight category (90 kg) at the Games. Zack Piontek was directly ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of 30 May 2016.[42]

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
Zack Piontek Men's −90 kg Bye   Camilo (BRA)
L 000–101
Did not advance

RowingEdit

South Africa has qualified a total of five boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta. Four rowing crews had confirmed Olympic places for their boats each in the coxless pair and lightweight double sculls (both men and women) at the 2015 FISA World Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, while the men's four rowers were further added to the South African roster as a result of their top two finish at the 2016 European & Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The rowing team, led by London 2012 gold medalists John Smith and James Thompson, was named as part of the full nomination of South African athletes for the Games on 14 July 2016.[43]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Lawrence Brittain
Shaun Keeling
Pair 6:41.42 2 SA/B Bye 6:27.59 3 FA 7:02.51  
John Smith
James Thompson
Lightweight double sculls 6:23.10 1 SA/B Bye 6:38.01 1 FA 6:33.29 4
Vincent Breet
Jake Green
David Hunt
Jonty Smith
Four 6:01.64 4 R 6:34.97 1 SA/B 6:15.22 2 FA 6:05.80 4
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kate Christowitz
Lee-Ann Persse
Pair 7:11.29 2 SA/B Bye 7:24.03 3 FA 7:28.50 5
Ursula Grobler
Kirsten McCann
Lightweight double sculls 7:07.37 1 SA/B Bye 7:19.09 1 FA 7:11.26 5

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

Rugby sevensEdit

Men's tournamentEdit

The South Africa men's rugby sevens team qualified for the Olympics by having achieved one of the top four places at the 2014–15 Sevens World Series.[44]

Team roster

The following is the South Africa roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[45]

Head coach: Neil Powell

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 BK Dylan Sage (1992-01-24)January 24, 1992 (aged 24) 7 40   SARU
2 FW Philip Snyman (1987-04-26)April 26, 1987 (aged 29) 37 211   SARU
3 FW Tim Agaba (1989-07-23)July 23, 1989 (aged 27) 7 25   SARU
4 FW Kwagga Smith (1993-06-11)June 11, 1993 (aged 23) 24 250   SARU
5 FW Werner Kok (1993-01-17)January 17, 1993 (aged 23) 19 210   SARU
6 FW Kyle Brown (c) (1987-02-06)February 6, 1987 (aged 29) 56 385   SARU
7 BK Cheslin Kolbe (1993-10-28)October 28, 1993 (aged 22) 12 192   Stormers
8 BK Rosko Specman (1989-04-28)April 28, 1989 (aged 27) 13 169   SARU
9 BK Justin Geduld (1993-10-01)October 1, 1993 (aged 22) 25 558   SARU
10 BK Cecil Afrika (1988-03-03)March 3, 1988 (aged 28) 45 1,123   SARU
11 BK Seabelo Senatla (1993-03-10)March 10, 1993 (aged 23) 29 785   Stormers
12 BK Juan de Jongh (1988-04-15)April 15, 1988 (aged 28) 6 40   Stormers
13 BK Francois Hougaard (1988-04-06)April 6, 1988 (aged 28) 6 25   Worcester Warriors
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   South Africa 3 2 0 1 55 12 +43 7 Quarter-finals
2   France 3 2 0 1 57 45 +12 7
3   Australia 3 2 0 1 52 48 +4 7
4   Spain 3 0 0 3 17 76 −59 3
Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.
9 August 2016
11:30
South Africa   24–0   Spain
Try: Afrika (2) 1' c, 7' c
Senatla 8' m
Snyman 12' m
Con: Afrika (2/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)

9 August 2016
16:30
South Africa   26–0   France
Try: Geduld 1' c
Smith 4' c
Brown 6' m
Sage 12' c
Con: Afrika (3/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

10 August 2016
11:30
South Africa   5–12   Australia
Try: Senatla 11' m
Con: Kolbe (0/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Parahi 3' c
Cusack 6' m
Con: Stannard (1/2)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

Quarterfinal
10 August 2016
18:30
South Africa   22–5   Australia
Try: Speckman 3' m
Senatla 5' m, 12' m
Brown 10' c
Con: Afrika (1/4)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Cusack 7' m
Con: Clark (0/1)

Semifinal
11 August 2016
15:00
Great Britain   7–5   South Africa
Try: Norton 8' c
Con: Mitchell (1/1)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: Brown 2' m
Con: Afrika (0/1)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Richard Kelly (New Zealand)

Bronze medal match
11 August 2016
18:30
Japan   14–54   South Africa  
Try: Kuwazuru 8' c
Goya 11' c
Con: Goya (2/2)
Report (Rio 2016)
Report (World Rugby)
Try: De Jongh 1' c
Speckman (3) 3' c, 10' c, 19' c
Afrika (2) 12' c, 15' c
Geduld 17' m
Kolbe 20' c
Con: Afrika (5/6)
Geduld (2/2)
Deodoro Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

SailingEdit

South African sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the individual fleet World Championships.[46][47] The sailing crew was announced as part of the first batch being nominated to the Olympic roster on 25 May 2016.[17][48]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Stefano Marcia Laser 30 25 42 38 43 38 44 36 39 40 EL 331 40
Asenathi Jim
Roger Hudson
470 18 24 15 14 11 18 11 20 18 23 EL 148 20

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

SwimmingEdit

A total of 11 male swimmers, led by London 2012 champions Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, had been selected to the South African roster for the Olympics. Meanwhile, Michelle Weber entered the 10 km open water race as the squad's sole female and one of the top 10 eligible swimmers at the World Olympic Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal, marking the second time not to send any of the women to the Olympic pool since the post-apartheid era (the first being in 2004).[49]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Myles Brown 200 m freestyle 1:46.78 13 Q 1:46.57 12 Did not advance
400 m freestyle 3:45.92 12 N/A Did not advance
Jarred Crous 200 m breaststroke 2:12.64 25 Did not advance
Douglas Erasmus 50 m freestyle 22.37 29 Did not advance
Chad Ho 10 km open water N/A 1:53:04.8 10
Chad le Clos 200 m freestyle 1:45.89 3 Q 1:45.94 7 Q 1:45.20  
100 m butterfly 51.75 7 Q 51.43 2 Q 51.14  
200 m butterfly 1:55.57 3 Q 1:55.19 4 Q 1:54.06 4
Matthew Meyer 1500 m freestyle 15:36.22 41 N/A Did not advance
Michael Meyer 400 m individual medley 4:18.13 17 N/A Did not advance
Christopher Reid 100 m backstroke 53.68 12 Q 53.70 10 Did not advance
Sebastien Rousseau 400 m individual medley 4:18.72 21 N/A Did not advance
Brad Tandy 50 m freestyle 21.94 12 Q 21.80 8 Q 21.79 6
Cameron van der Burgh 100 m breaststroke 59.35 7 Q 59.21 3 Q 58.69  
200 m breaststroke 2:12.67 26 Did not advance
Dylan Bosch
Myles Brown
Calvyn Justus
Sebastien Rousseau
4 × 200 m freestyle relay 7:12.61 11 N/A Did not advance
Dylan Bosch
Myles Brown
Christopher Reid
Cameron van der Burgh
4 × 100 m medley relay 3:35.50 13 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Michelle Weber 10 km open water 1:59:05.0 18

TriathlonEdit

South Africa has qualified a total of four triathletes for the Olympics. London 2012 Olympian Richard Murray secured the men's triathlon spot with a top three finish at the ITU World Qualification Event in Rio de Janeiro.[50] Meanwhile, Henri Schoeman, Mari Rabie, and Gillian Sanders were ranked among the top 40 eligible triathletes each in the men's and women's event, respectively, based on the ITU Olympic Qualification List as of 15 May 2016.[51]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Richard Murray Men's 18:20 0:46 55:35 0:35 30:34 1:45:50 4
Henri Schoeman 17:25 0:53 55:32 0:34 32:30 1:45:43  
Mari Rabie Women's 19:04 0:52 1:01:32 0:35 37:10 1:59:13 11
Gillian Sanders 19:50 0:56 1:03:59 0:39 36:05 2:01:29 23

See alsoEdit

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