South Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games were postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It was the nation's eighth consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-apartheid era, and twentieth overall in Summer Olympic history.

South Africa at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of South Africa.svg
IOC codeRSA
NOCSouth African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sascoc.co.za
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors179 in 19 sports
Flag bearers (opening)Phumelela Mbande
Chad le Clos
Flag bearer (closing)Anaso Jobodwana
Medals
Ranked 52nd
Gold
1
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

A week before the Games started, two football players and a video analyst were tested positive for COVID-19 while staying at the Olympic Village.[2]

MedalistsEdit

Multiple medallistsEdit

The following competitors won several medals at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Name Medal Sport Event
Tatjana Schoenmaker   Gold
  Silver
Swimming Women's 200 metre breaststroke
Women's 100 metre breaststroke

CompetitorsEdit

The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games. Note that reserves in field hockey and football are not counted:

Sport Men Women Total
Artistic swimming 0 2 2
Athletics 25 5 30
Cycling 7 4 11
Diving 0 2 2
Equestrian 0 2 2
Field hockey 16 16 32
Football 17 0 17
Golf 2 1 3
Gymnastics 0 2 2
Judo 0 1 1
Rowing 6 0 6
Rugby sevens 12 0 12
Sailing 3 0 3
Skateboarding 2 2 4
Sport climbing 1 1 2
Surfing 0 1 1
Swimming 8 9 17
Triathlon 2 2 4
Water polo 13 13 26
Total 115 64 179

Artistic swimmingEdit

South Africa fielded a squad of two artistic swimmers to compete in the women's duet event, by securing a berth as the highest-ranked pair, not yet qualified, from Africa at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, marking the country's return to the sport for the first time since Barcelona 1992.

Athlete Event Technical routine Free routine (preliminary) Free routine (final)
Points Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank Points Total (technical + free) Rank
Clarissa Johnston
Laura Strugnell
Duet 70.9099 21 72.1667 143.0766 21 Did not advance

Athletics (track and field)Edit

Thirty South African athletes achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[3][4]

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
  • DNF = Did not finish

Track and road eventsEdit

Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Gift Leotlela 100 m Bye 10.04 1 Q 10.03 4 Did not advance
Shaun Maswanganyi Bye 10.12 3 Q 10.10 6 Did not advance
Akani Simbine Bye 10.08 1 Q 9.90 4 q 9.93 4
Anaso Jobodwana 200 m 20.78 3 Q N/A 20.88 8 Did not advance
Shaun Maswanganyi 20.58 2 Q 20.18 4 Did not advance
Clarence Munyai 20.49 4 q 20.49 6 Did not advance
Zakithi Nene 400 m 45.74 5 N/A Did not advance
Wayde van Niekerk 45.25 3 Q 45.14 5 Did not advance
Thapelo Phora 45.83 5 Did not advance
Lesiba Mashele 5000 m 13:48.25 15 N/A Did not advance
Antonio Alkana 110 m hurdles 13.55 6 N/A Did not advance
Sokwakhana Zazini 400 m hurdles 49.51 3 Q N/A 48.99 6 Did not advance
Gift Leotlela
Shaun Maswanganyi
Clarence Munyai
Galaletsang Ramorwa
Akani Simbine
4 × 100 m relay DNF N/A Did not advance
Ranti Dikgale
Zakithi Nene
Thapelo Phora
Lythe Pillay
Wayde van Niekerk
4 × 400 m relay 3:01.18 7 N/A Did not advance
Elroy Gelant Marathon N/A 2:16:43 34
Desmond Mokgobu DNF
Stephen Mokoka DNF
Wayne Snyman 20 km walk N/A 1:24.33 20
Marc Mundell 50 km walk N/A 4:14:37 40
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Dominique Scott 5000 m 15:13.94 13 N/A Did not advance
10000 m N/A 32:14.05 20
Wenda Nel 400 m hurdles 56.06 3 Q 56.35 7 Did not advance
Gerda Steyn Marathon N/A 2:32.10 15
Irvette van Zyl DNF

Field eventsEdit

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Cheswill Johnson Men's long jump NM Did not advance
Ruswahl Samaai 7.74 22 Did not advance
Kyle Blignaut Men's shot put 20.97 8 q 21.00 6
Jason van Rooyen 20.29 19 Did not advance
Rocco van Rooyen Men's javelin throw 77.41 23 Did not advance
Jo Ane van Dyk Women's javelin throw 57.69 24 Did not advance

CyclingEdit

RoadEdit

South Africa entered a squad of five riders (three men and two women) to compete in their respective Olympic road races, by virtue of their top 50 national finish (for men) and top 22 (for women) in the UCI World Ranking.[5]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Stefan de Bod Men's road race 6:16:53 52
Men's time trial 57:57.10 14
Nicholas Dlamini Men's road race DNF
Ryan Gibbons DNF
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Women's road race 3:54:31 13
Women's time trial 32:37.60 8
Carla Oberholzer Women's road race DNF

TrackEdit

Following the completion of the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, South African riders accumulated spots for both men and women in the sprint and keirin, as well as the men's omnium and madison, based on their country's results in the final UCI Olympic rankings.

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
Jean Spies Men's sprint 9.787
 
27 Did not advance
Charlene du Preez Women's sprint 10.974
 
22 Q   Hinze (GER)
L
  McCulloch (AUS)
  Verdugo (MEX)
L
Did not advance
Keirin
Athlete Event 1st Round Repechage 2nd Round 3rd Round Final
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
Jean Spies Men's keirin 5 R 5 Did not advance
Charlene du Preez Women's keirin 4 R 5 Did not advance
Omnium
Athlete Event Scratch race Tempo race Elimination race Points race Total points Rank
Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Points Rank
David Maree Men's omnium 20 2 18 6 15 12 -37 18 -17 19

Mountain bikingEdit

South Africa entered one rider each to compete in both men's and women's cross-country race, respectively, by virtue of their best individual ranking at the 2019 African Championships.

Athlete Event Time Rank
Alan Hatherly Men's cross-country 1:26:33 8
Candice Lill Women's cross-country 1:26:20 24

BMXEdit

South African riders qualified for one men's quota place in BMX at the Olympics, by accepting a continental berth for Africa from the Union Cycliste Internationale based on its rankings of June 1, 2021.[6]

Athlete Event Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Alex Limberg Men's race 20 6 Did not advance

DivingEdit

South African divers qualified for two individual spots each in the women's springboard, respectively, at the Games through the 2019 African Qualifying Meet in Durban and the 2021 FINA World Cup series in Tokyo.

Athlete Event Preliminaries[7] Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Micaela Bouter Women's 3 m springboard 216.15 26 Did not advance
Julia Vincent 228.90 25 Did not advance

EquestrianEdit

South Africa entered two riders into the Olympic equestrian competition by the following results: a top two finish each, outside the group selection, of the individual FEI Olympic Rankings for Group F (Africa and Middle East) in both dressage and eventing, respectively.[8]

DressageEdit

Rio 2016 pair of Seymour and Ramoneur got nominated to compete on June 18, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are to be the final career international competition for the Oldenburg stallion.[9] Seymour was forced to withdraw while in Tokyo after Ramoneur suffered laminitis.[10]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Tanya Seymour Ramoneur Individual Withdrew on July 21, 2021

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualified for the final; q = Qualified for the final as a lucky loser

EventingEdit

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Victoria Scott-Legendre Valtho des Peupliers Individual 39.50 53 19.80 59.30 34 Withdrew

Field hockeyEdit

Summary

Key:

Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
South Africa men's Men's tournament   Great Britain
L 1-3
  Netherlands
L 3-5
  Belgium
L 4-9
  Germany
W 4-3
  Canada
D 4-4
5 Did not advance
South Africa women's Women's tournament   Ireland
L 0-2
  Great Britain
L 1-4
  Netherlands
L 0-5
  Germany
L 1-4
  India
L 3-4
6 Did not advance

Men's tournamentEdit

South Africa men's field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by winning the 2019 Men's African Olympic Qualifier in Stellenbosch.[11]

Team roster

The squad was announced on 27 May 2021.[12]

Head coach: Gareth Ewing[13]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps GoalsClub
2 FW Mustaphaa Cassiem (2002-03-19)19 March 2002 (aged 19) 8 7   Varsity College
3 DF Tyson Dlungwana (1997-02-18)18 February 1997 (aged 24) 47 0   Phoenix Hockey Club
5 DF Austin Smith (1985-05-20)20 May 1985 (aged 36) 178 67   Den Bosch
7 DF Timothy Drummond (Captain) (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 (aged 33) 145 19   Klein Zwitserland
8 MF Nduduza Lembethe (1996-01-13)13 January 1996 (aged 25) 33   University of Pretoria
10 FW Keenan Horne (1992-06-17)17 June 1992 (aged 29) 64   Central
13 DF Matthew Guise-Brown (1991-09-13)13 September 1991 (aged 29) 42 25   Hampstead & Westminster
14 MF Rusten Abrahams (1997-12-16)16 December 1997 (aged 23) 10 2   University of the Witwatersrand
15 FW Dayaan Cassiem (1998-12-01)1 December 1998 (aged 22) 38 15   Gladbacher HTC
17 FW Ryan Julius (1995-07-19)19 July 1995 (aged 26) 41   Almeerse HC
18 MF Taine Paton (1989-01-04)4 January 1989 (aged 32) 115   Antwerp
20 FW Tevin Kok (1996-10-20)20 October 1996 (aged 24) 35   Kearsney
21 DF Jethro Eustice (1989-11-01)1 November 1989 (aged 31) 128 21   Kearsney
22 DF Daniel Bell (1994-09-28)28 September 1994 (aged 26) 58 11   Royal Daring Hockey Club
23 GK Rassie Pieterse (1983-08-20)20 August 1983 (aged 37) 161   Wanderers Hockey Club
24 MF Nicholas Spooner (1991-08-28)28 August 1991 (aged 29) 26   Harvestehuder THC
27 FW Nqobile Ntuli (1996-01-15)15 January 1996 (aged 25) 58 25   University of Pretoria
29 MF Samkelo Mvimbi (1999-01-23)23 January 1999 (aged 22) 14 1   University of Pretoria
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 5 4 1 0 26 9 +17 13 Quarter-finals
2   Germany 5 3 0 2 19 10 +9 9
3   Great Britain 5 2 2 1 11 11 0 8
4   Netherlands 5 2 1 2 13 13 0 7
5   South Africa 5 1 1 3 16 24 −8 4
6   Canada 5 0 1 4 9 27 −18 1
Source: Tokyo 2020 and FIH
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) matches won; 3) goal difference; 4) goals for; 5) head-to-head result; 6) field goals scored.
24 July 2021 (2021-07-24)
18:30
v
Great Britain   3–1   South Africa
Ward   2'
Ansell   32'
Waller   56'
Report Guise-Brown   4'
North Pitch
Umpires:
Germán Montes de Oca (ARG)
Ben Goentgen (GER)

25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
21:15
v
South Africa   3–5   Netherlands
M. Cassiem   2'
D. Cassiem   10'
Kok   18'
Report Pruyser   24'54'
Van Dam   29'
Brinkman   36'
Van der Weerden   48'
South Pitch
Umpires:
Jakub Mejzlík (CZE)
Javed Shaikh (IND)

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
18:30
v
Belgium   9–4   South Africa
Dohmen   4'15'
Hendrickx   9'18'40'
Briels   12'
Van Doren   15'
Gougnard   25'
Charlier   41'
Report D. Cassiem   5'31'
M. Cassiem   23'
Ntuli   29'
North Pitch
Umpires:
Raghu Prasad (IND)
Francisco Vázquez (ESP)

29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
11:45
v
South Africa   4–3   Germany
Guise-Brown   9'
Horne   13'
Spooner   45'
M. Cassiem   48'
Report Herzbruch   8'
Windfeder   22'
Staib   24'
North Pitch
Umpires:
David Tomlinson (NZL)
Javed Shaikh (IND)

30 July 2021 (2021-07-30)
12:15
v
Canada   4–4   South Africa
Pearson   11'
K. Pereira   17'
Boothroyd   42'
Ho-Garcia   59'
Report Ntuli   2'
Spooner   9'
Guise-Brown   34'
Mvimbi   58'
South Pitch
Umpires:
Germán Montes de Oca (ARG)
Raghu Prasad (IND)

Women's tournamentEdit

South Africa women's field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by winning the 2019 Women's African Olympic Qualifier in Stellenbosch.[11]

Team roster

The squad was announced on 27 May 2021.[14]

Head coach: Robin Van Ginkel

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
1 GK Phumelela Mbande (1993-03-08)8 March 1993 (aged 28) 47   Northern Blues
3 FW Celia Seerane (1990-06-18)18 June 1990 (aged 31) 163   Northern Blues
4 DF Nicole Walraven (1994-12-12)12 December 1994 (aged 26) 48   Northern Blues
5 FW Edith Molikoe (2000-05-23)23 May 2000 (aged 21) 0   Northern Blues
6 DF Taryn Potts (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 29) 5   Southern Gauteng
7 MF Marizen Marais (1996-05-17)17 May 1996 (aged 25) 27   Blyde River Bunters
8 MF Kristen Paton (1996-12-21)21 December 1996 (aged 24) 33   Southern Gauteng
9 MF Robyn Johnson (1990-12-07)7 December 1990 (aged 30) 18   Southern Gauteng
10 MF Onthatile Zulu (2000-03-14)14 March 2000 (aged 21) 10   Northern Blues
13 DF Lisa-Marié Deetlefs (1987-09-08)8 September 1987 (aged 33) 267   Southern Gauteng
14 FW Nomnikelo Veto (1997-01-03)3 January 1997 (aged 24) 18   Southern Gauteng
16 MF Erin Hunter (Captain) (1992-03-20)20 March 1992 (aged 29) 59   Southern Gauteng
17 FW Charné Maddocks (1998-06-10)10 June 1998 (aged 23) 0   North-West University
19 MF Lilian du Plessis (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 28) 135   Southern Gauteng
22 DF Lerato Mahole (1999-12-29)29 December 1999 (aged 21) 0   Namaqualand Daisies
28 FW Quanita Bobbs (1993-09-03)3 September 1993 (aged 27) 132   Western Province
29 DF Tarryn Glasby (1995-01-23)23 January 1995 (aged 26) 42   Western Province
30 FW Toni Marks (1994-07-19)19 July 1994 (aged 27) 16   Madikwe Rangers
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Netherlands 5 5 0 0 18 2 +16 15 Quarterfinals
2   Germany 5 4 0 1 13 7 +6 12
3   Great Britain 5 3 0 2 11 5 +6 9
4   India 5 2 0 3 7 14 −7 6
5   Ireland 5 1 0 4 4 11 −7 3
6   South Africa 5 0 0 5 5 19 −14 0
Source: Tokyo 2020 and FIH
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) matches won; 3) goal difference; 4) goals for; 5) head-to-head result; 6) field goals scored.
24 July 2021 (2021-07-24)
21:15
v
Ireland   2–0   South Africa
Upton   9'
Torrans   45'
Report
South Pitch
Umpires:
Kelly Hudson (NZL)
Emi Yamada (JPN)

26 July 2021 (2021-07-26)
18:30
v
South Africa   1–4   Great Britain
Walraven   6' Report Rayer   29'50'
Toman   39'
Unsworth   40'
North Pitch
Umpires:
Carolina de la Fuente (ARG)
Maggie Giddens (USA)

28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)
09:30
v
Netherlands   5–0   South Africa
Matla   16'35'
Keetels   42'
Albers   52'
Verschoor   55'
Report
North Pitch
Umpires:
Amber Church (NZL)
Ayanna McClean (TTO)

30 July 2021 (2021-07-30)
09:30
v
South Africa   1–4   Germany
Marks   53' Report Altenburg   2'24'
Zimmermann   10'
Schröder   49'
North Pitch
Umpires:
Emi Yamada (JPN)
Maggie Giddens (USA)

31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
12:15
v
India   4–3   South Africa
Vandana   4'17'49'
Neha   32'
Report Glasby   15'
Hunter   30'
Marais   39'
South Pitch
Umpires:
Amber Church (NZL)
Liu Xiaoying (CHN)

Football (soccer)Edit

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   Japan
L 0–1
  France
L 3–4
  Mexico
L 0-3
4 Did not advance

Men's tournamentEdit

South Africa men's football team qualified for the Games by winning the bronze medal and securing the last of three available berths of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.[15]

Team roster

South Africa's final squad was announced on 3 July 2021.[16]

Head coach: David Notoane

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Ronwen Williams* (1992-01-21)21 January 1992 (aged 29)   SuperSport United
2 2DF James Monyane (2000-04-30)30 April 2000 (aged 21)   Orlando Pirates
3 2DF Katlego Mohamme (1998-03-10)10 March 1998 (aged 23)   University of Pretoria
4 3MF Teboho Mokoena (1997-01-24)24 January 1997 (aged 24)   SuperSport United
5 2DF Luke Fleurs (2000-03-03)3 March 2000 (aged 21)   SuperSport United
6 3MF Kamohelo Mahlatsi (1998-08-23)23 August 1998 (aged 22)   Moroka Swallows
7 3MF Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (1999-11-16)16 November 1999 (aged 21)   Kaizer Chiefs
8 3MF Thabo Cele (1997-01-15)15 January 1997 (aged 24)   Cova Piedade
9 4FW Evidence Makgopa (2000-06-05)5 June 2000 (aged 21)   Baroka
10 4FW Luther Singh (1997-08-05)5 August 1997 (aged 23)   Paços de Ferreira
11 4FW MacBeth Mahlangu (2001-10-11)11 October 2001 (aged 19)   TS Galaxy
12 3MF Goodman Mosele (1999-11-18)18 November 1999 (aged 21)   Baroka
13 3MF Reeve Frosler (1998-01-11)11 January 1998 (aged 23)   Kaizer Chiefs
14 2DF Sibusiso Mabiliso (1999-04-14)14 April 1999 (aged 22)   AmaZulu
15 2DF Tercious Malepe (captain) (1997-02-18)18 February 1997 (aged 24)   Mynai
16 1GK Mondli Mpoto (1998-07-24)24 July 1998 (aged 22)   Bloemfontein Celtic
17 2DF Thendo Mukumela (1998-01-30)30 January 1998 (aged 23)   Cape Town Spurs
18 4FW Kobamelo Kodisang (1999-08-28)28 August 1999 (aged 21)   Braga
22 1GK Sifiso Mlungwana (1997-04-27)27 April 1997 (aged 24)   Lamontville Golden Arrows

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan (H) 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Mexico 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3   France 3 1 0 2 5 11 −6 3
4   South Africa 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: TOCOG and FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Japan  1–0  South Africa
Kubo   71' Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)

France  4–3  South Africa
Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

South Africa  0–3  Mexico
Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)

GolfEdit

South Africa entered two golfers (both men) into the Olympic tournament. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (world no. 46), Garrick Higgo (world no. 38), and Ashleigh Buhai (world no. 76) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for their respective events based on the IGF World Rankings.[17][18] Louis Oosthuizen and Lee-Anne Pace were initially selected but opted not to play.[19][20] Ashleigh Buhai later withdrew and was replaced by Paula Reto who also withdrew.

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Christiaan Bezuidenhout Men's 68 70 68 67 273 −7 T16
Garrick Higgo 71 71 70 72 284 E T53

GymnasticsEdit

ArtisticEdit

South Africa entered two artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Caitlin Rooskrantz received a spare berth from the women's apparatus events, as one of the twelve highest-ranked gymnasts, neither part of the team nor qualified directly through the all-around, at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Meanwhile, Naveen Daries claimed an additional place to join Rooskrantz on the South African squad with a bronze-medal finish in the women's individual all-around at the 2021 African Championships in Cairo, Egypt.[21]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Naveen Daries All-around 13.300 12.366 8.933 11.766 46.365 76th Did not advance
Caitlin Rooskrantz 12.800 13.300 12.200 11.633 49.933 61st Did not advance

JudoEdit

South Africa qualified one judoka for the women's extra-lightweight category (48 kg) at the Games. Geronay Whitebooi received a continental berth from Africa as the nation's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of June 28, 2021.[22]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Geronay Whitebooi Women's –48 kg   Pareto (ARG)
L 001–100
Did not advance 17

RowingEdit

South Africa qualified one boat in the men's pair by finishing third in the B-final and securing ninth out of eleven berths available at the 2019 FISA World Championships in Ottensheim, Austria.[23] Meanwhile, the men's coxless four rowers were added to the South African roster with their top-two finish at the 2021 FISA Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.[24]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Luc Daffarn
Jake Green
Men's pair 7:04.03 5 R 6:57.01 4 Did not advance
Lawrence Brittain
Kyle Schoonbee
John Smith
Sandro Torrente
Men's four 6:25.34 5 R 6:30.34 6 FB N/A 6:09.85 10

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

Summary
Team Event Group stage Quarterfinal/

Classification

Semifinal/

Classification

Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
South Africa men's Men's tournament   Ireland
W 33-14
  Kenya
W 14–5
  United States
W 17-12
1 Q   Argentina
L 19-14
  Australia
W 22-19
  United States
W 28-7
5

Men's tournamentEdit

The South Africa national rugby sevens team qualified by advancing to the quarterfinals in the 2019 London Sevens, securing a top four spot in the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series.[25]

Team roster

South Africa's 12-man squad plus one alternate was named on 6 July 2021.[26]

Head coach: Neil Powell

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points
1 FW Chris Dry (1988-02-13)13 February 1988 (aged 33) 74 490
2 FW Sako Makata (1998-09-10)10 September 1998 (aged 22) 9 20
3 FW Impi Visser (1995-05-30)30 May 1995 (aged 26) 13 65
4 FW Zain Davids (1997-05-04)4 May 1997 (aged 24) 22 80
5 FW Angelo Davids (1999-06-01)1 June 1999 (aged 22) 6 90
6 FW JC Pretorius (1998-01-29)29 January 1998 (aged 23) 10 120
7 BK Branco du Preez (1990-05-08)8 May 1990 (aged 31) 75 1,355
8 BK Selvyn Davids (1994-03-26)26 March 1994 (aged 27) 20 409
9 BK Justin Geduld (1993-10-01)1 October 1993 (aged 27) 50 1,034
10 BK Kurt-Lee Arendse (1996-06-17)17 June 1996 (aged 25) 8 70
11 BK Siviwe Soyizwapi (c) (1992-12-07)7 December 1992 (aged 28) 30 465
12 BK Stedman Gans (1997-03-19)19 March 1997 (aged 24) 22 170
13 BK Ronald Brown (1995-09-02)2 September 1995 (aged 25) 0 0
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   South Africa 3 3 0 0 64 31 +33 9 Quarter-finals
2   United States 3 2 0 1 50 48 +2 7
3   Ireland 3 1 0 2 43 59 −16 5
4   Kenya 3 0 0 3 26 45 −19 3
Updated to match(es) played on 26 July 2021. Source: Tokyo 2020 and World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.
26 July 2021 (2021-07-26)
11:00
South Africa   33–14   Ireland
Try: Z. Davids 2' c
Visser 6' c
Geduld 8' c
Dry 12' c
Gans 13' m
Con: S. Davids (4/5) 2', 6', 8', 12'
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Mullin 7' c
Kennedy 10' c
Con: Dardis (2/2) 7', 10'
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)

26 July 2021 (2021-07-26)
19:00
South Africa   14–5   Kenya
Try: S. Davids 2' c
Soyizwapi 3' c
Con: du Preez (2/2) 2', 4'
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Injera 6' m
Con: Agero (0/1)
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
11:30
South Africa   17–12   United States
Try: S. Davids (2) 6' m, 10' m
Gans 8' c
Con: S. Davids (1/3) 9'
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Schroeder 1' m
Thompson 12' c
Con: Melphy (0/1)
Hughes (1/1) 13'
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)

Quarter-finalsEdit

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
18:30
South Africa   14–19   Argentina
Try: S. Davids 1' c
Penalty try 13'
Con: Geduld (1/1) 1'
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Moneta (2) 4' c, 7' c
Álvarez 12' m
Con: Mare (2/2) 5', 7'
Bazán (0/1)
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)

Semi-finalsEdit

28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)
10:30
South Africa   22–19   Australia
Try: Soyizwapi 1' m
Brown (2) 5' m, 7' c
Pretorius 11' m
Con: Brown (0/1)
Geduld (1/2) 7'
du Preez (0/1)
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Miller 8' c
Turner 10' m
Longbottom 12' c
Con: Miller (1/1) 9'
Coward (0/1)
Longbottom (1/1) 13'
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)

5th place matchEdit

28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)
17:00
United States   7–28   South Africa
Try: Tomasin 4' c
Con: Hughes (1/1) 4'
(Tokyo 2020) Try: Geduld 2' c
Makata 7' c
Arendse 12' c
Gans 14' c
Con: Brown (2/2) 2', 7'
du Preez (2/2) 13', 14'

SailingEdit

South African sailors qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2018 Sailing World Championships, the class-associated Worlds, and the continental regattas.[27]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Leo Davis Men's Finn 17 19 19 19 18 19 12 18 18 19 N/A EL 159 19
Alex Burger
Benjamin Talbot
Men's 49er 13 15 18 17 17 14 12 13 17 10 19 17 EL 163 19

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

SkateboardingEdit

South Africa entered four skateboarders (two per gender) to compete across all events at the Games. Dallas Oberholtzer (men's park), Brandon Valjalo (men's street), Melissa Williams (women's park), and Boipelo Awuah (women's street) granted an invitation from the World Skate as the highest-ranked skateboarders from Africa vying for qualification in the street and park events based on their performances in the federation's Olympic Rankings of June 30, 2021.[28]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Rank
Dallas Oberholtzer Men's park 24.08 20 Did not advance
Brandon Valjalo Men's street 16.41 18 Did not advance
Melissa Williams Women's park 8.30 20 Did not advance
Boipelo Awuah Women's street Withdrew due to injury

Sport climbingEdit

South Africa entered two sport climbers into the Olympic tournament. Erin Sterkenburg and Christopher Cosser qualified directly for the women's and men's combined events, respectively, by advancing to the final stage and eventually winning the gold medal at the 2020 IFSC African Championships in Cape Town.[29]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Speed Boulder Lead Total Rank Speed Boulder Lead Total Rank
Best Place Result Place Hold Time Place Best Place Result Place Hold Time Place
Christopher Cosser Men's 6.48 9 0T2z 0 15 16 29 - 10 1440.00 16 Q Did not advance
Erin Sterkenburg Women's 11.10 20 0T1z 0 1 17 7+ - 20 6800.00 20 Did not advance

SurfingEdit

South Africa sent two surfers (one per gender) to compete in their respective shortboard races at the Games. Bianca Buitendag secured a qualification slot for her nation in the women's shortboard as the highest-ranked and last remaining surfer from Africa at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan.[30] On the men's side, Jordy Smith finished within the top ten of those eligible for qualification in the World Surf League rankings to join Buitendag on the South African roster for Tokyo 2020.[31]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Points Rank Points Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Bianca Buitendag Women's shortboard 11.44 3 10.40 2 Q   Gilmore (AUS)
W 13.93—10.00
  Hopkins (POR)
W 9.50—5.46
  Marks (USA)
W 11.00—3.67
  Moore (USA)
L 8.46—14.93
 

SwimmingEdit

Seventeen South African swimmers achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of two swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially one at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[32][33] To assure their selection to the Olympic team, swimmers must attain an Olympic qualifying cut in each individual pool event at the 2021 South African National Championships (April 8 to 12) in Johannesburg.[34]

Seventeen swimmers (eight men and nine women) were officially named to the South African roster for the Games on June 24, 2021, including London 2012 gold medalist Chad Le Clos in the men's butterfly double and 2019 world silver medalist and national record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker in the women's breaststroke double.[35]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Martin Binedell 200 m backstroke 1:58.47 21 Did not advance
Pieter Coetze 100 m backstroke 54.05 24 Did not advance
Ethan du Preez 200 m butterfly 1:58.50 30 Did not advance
Michael Houlie 100 m breaststroke 1:01.22 37 Did not advance
Chad Le Clos 100 m butterfly 51.89 =18 Did not advance
200 m butterfly 1:55.96 16 Q 1:55.06 3 Q 1:54.93 5
Michael McGlynn 10 km open water N/A 1:51:32.7 8
Matthew Sates 100 m butterfly 52.34 32 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 1:58.08 15 Q 1:58.75 14 Did not advance
Brad Tandy 50 m freestyle 22.22 =24 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Emma Chelius 50 m freestyle 24.65 =11 Q 24.64 13 Did not advance
Kaylene Corbett 200 m breaststroke 2:22.48 4 Q 2:22.08 4 Q 2:22.06 5
Erin Gallagher 100 m butterfly 59.69 26 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 54.75 25 Did not advance
Rebecca Meder 200 m individual medley 2:14.79 23 Did not advance
Tatjana Schoenmaker 100 m breaststroke 1:04.82 OR, AF 1 Q 1:05.07 1 Q 1:05.22  
200 m breaststroke 2:19.16 OR, AF 1 Q 2:19.33 1 Q 2:18.95 WR  
Michelle Weber 10 km open water N/A 2:06:56.5 21
Aimee Canny
Duné Coetzee
Erin Gallagher
Rebecca Meder
4 × 200 m freestyle relay 8:01.56 11 N/A Did not advance
Aimee Canny
Erin Gallagher
Tatjana Schoenmaker
Mariella Venter
4 × 100 m medley relay 4:03.02 14 N/A Did not advance

TriathlonEdit

Individual
Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Henri Schoeman Men's 17:55 0:45 56:41 0:28 Did not finish
Simone Ackermann Women's 19:08 0:45 1:03:17 0:34 37:30 2:01:14 17
Gillian Sanders 20:18 0:45 Lapped

Water poloEdit

South Africa qualified to compete in the men's water polo tournament for the first time since Rome 1960, and in the women's water polo tournament for the first time ever.

Summary
Key:
Team Event Group stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
South Africa men's Men's tournament   Italy
L 2-21
  United States
L 3-20
  Hungary
L 1-23
  Greece
L 5-28
  Japan
L 9-24
6 Did not advance
South Africa women's Women's tournament   Spain
L 4–29
  Canada
L 1–21
  Netherlands
L 1–31
  Australia
L 1-14
N/A 5 Did not advance

Men's tournamentEdit

Team roster

The South Africa's squad was announced on 24 June 2021.[36][37] Roarke Olver was replaced by Timothy Rezelman.

Head coach: Paul Martin[38]

No. Player Pos. L/R Height Weight Date of birth (age) Apps OG/
Goals
Club Ref
1 Lwazi Madi (C) 10GK 2R (1994-12-12)12 December 1994 (aged 26) 35 0/0   Stellenbosch University [39]
2 Devon Card 40CF 2R 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 110 kg (243 lb) (1991-02-25)25 February 1991 (aged 30) 60 0/0   SACS Old Boys [40]
3 Timothy Rezelman 50D 2R (1995-01-13)13 January 1995 (aged 26) 6 0/0   OJ Eagles [41]
4 Ignardus Badenhorst 40CF 2R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 112 kg (247 lb) (1990-08-26)26 August 1990 (aged 30) 61 0/0   OJ Eagles [42]
5 Cameron Laurenson 20CB 2R (1998-04-28)28 April 1998 (aged 23) 37 0/0   Maties (Stellenbosch) [43]
6 Ross Stone 50D 2R (2000-05-15)15 May 2000 (aged 21) 30 0/0   Stellenbosch University [44]
7 Jason Evezard 50D 2R (1997-08-17)17 August 1997 (aged 23) 14 0/0   Maties (Stellenbosch) [45]
8 Nicholas Rodda 50D 2R 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-10-11)11 October 1992 (aged 28) 30 0/0   OJ Eagles [46]
9 Yaseen Margro 50D 2R (2000-02-12)12 February 2000 (aged 21) 14 0/0   KNZ (Durban) [47]
10 Farouk Mayman 20CB 2R (1999-05-03)3 May 1999 (aged 22) 7 0/0   RWC (Cape Town) [48]
11 Liam Neill 40CF 2R (1997-10-26)26 October 1997 (aged 23) 35 0/0   University of Cape Town [49]
12 Donn Stewart 20CB 2R 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) (1980-08-22)22 August 1980 (aged 40) 90 0/0   Clifton (Durban) [50]
13 Gareth May 10GK 2R (1996-11-09)9 November 1996 (aged 24) 14 0/0   Team Walrus [51]
Average 26 years, 185 days 33

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: South Africa Men | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Greece 5 4 1 0 68 34 +34 9 Quarterfinals
2   Italy 5 3 2 0 60 32 +28 8
3   Hungary 5 3 1 1 64 35 +29 7
4   United States 5 2 0 3 59 53 +6 4
5   Japan (H) 5 1 0 4 65 66 −1 2
6   South Africa 5 0 0 5 20 116 −96 0
Source: Tokyo 2020 and FINA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference.
(H) Host
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
10:00
v
Report South Africa   2–21   Italy Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), Stanko Ivanovski (MNE)
Score by quarters: 0–2, 2–8, 0–7, 0–4
Rezelman, Stone 1 Goals Di Fulvio 5

27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
10:00
v
Report South Africa   3–20   United States Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Zhang Liang (CHN), Vojin Putniković (SRB)
Score by quarters: 0–3, 1–9, 1–3, 1–5
three players 1 Goals Hallock 4

29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
10:00
v
Report Hungary   23–1   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Daniel Daners (URU), Germán Moller (ARG)
Score by quarters: 4–0, 5–0, 8–0, 6–1
Manhercz 5 Goals Rodda 1

31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
19:50
v
Report South Africa   5–28   Greece Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
John Waldow (NZL), Zhang Liang (CHN)
Score by quarters: 1–7, 2–5, 1–7, 1–9
Stone 2 Goals Fountoulis 5

2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
18:20
v
Report Japan   24–9   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
John Waldow (NZL), Vojin Putniković (SRB)
Score by quarters: 5–4, 7–4, 6–1, 6–0
Adachi, Arai 4 Goals Neill 4

Women's tournamentEdit

Team roster

The South Africa's squad was announced on 24 June 2021.[52][53] Daniela Passoni and Kelsey White were replaced by Hannah Calvert and Nicola Macleod.

Head coach: Delaine Mentoor[54]

No. Player Pos. L/R Height Weight Date of birth (age) Apps OG/
Goals
Club Ref
1 Meghan Maartens 10GK 1L (1999-04-08)8 April 1999 (aged 22) 18 0/0   Madibaz [55]
2 Yanah Gerber 40CF 2R (2001-03-16)16 March 2001 (aged 20) 15 0/0   MantaRays [56]
3 Georgie Moir 20CB 2R (1997-12-05)5 December 1997 (aged 23) 22 0/0   Western Warriors [57]
4 Boati Motau 50D 1L (2002-09-25)25 September 2002 (aged 18) 16 0/0   OJ Eagles [58]
5 Megan Sileno 40CF 2R 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1989-05-01)1 May 1989 (aged 32) 45 0/0   Stingrays [59]
6 Amica Hallenndorff 50D 2R 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 60 kg (132 lb) (1992-10-26)26 October 1992 (aged 28) 49 0/0   Western Warriors [60]
7 Shakira January 20CB 2R (2002-11-15)15 November 2002 (aged 18) 15 0/0   Tridents [61]
8 Ashleigh Vaughn 50D 2R (1999-05-17)17 May 1999 (aged 22) 13 0/0   Madibaz [62]
9 Hannah Muller 50D 2R (1999-11-16)16 November 1999 (aged 21) 44 0/0   Eagles [63]
10 Jordan Wedderburn (C) 50D 2R (2002-12-30)30 December 2002 (aged 18) 27 0/0   Water Warriors [64]
11 Chloe Meecham 20CB 2R (1999-02-16)16 February 1999 (aged 22) 55 0/0   High Performance [65]
12 Nicola Macleod 50D 2R (1997-05-14)14 May 1997 (aged 24) 33 0/0   Stingrays [66]
13 Hannah Calvert 10GK 2R (1997-11-27)27 November 1997 (aged 23) 17 0/0   Stellenbosch University [67]
Average 22 years, 321 days 28

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: South Africa Women | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 4 3 0 1 71 37 +34 6[a] Quarterfinals
2   Australia 4 3 0 1 46 33 +13 6[a]
3   Netherlands 4 3 0 1 75 41 +34 6[a]
4   Canada 4 1 0 3 48 39 +9 2
5   South Africa 4 0 0 4 7 97 −90 0
Source: Tokyo 2020 and FINA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Spain 2 Pts, +5 GD; Netherlands 2 Pts, −2 GD; Australia 2 Pts, −3 GD. Spain first and after that the head-to head results between Australia and Netherlands (15–12) came into effect.
24 July 2021 (2021-07-24)
18:20
v
Report South Africa   4–29   Spain Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Asumi Tsuzaki (JPN), Ursula Wengenroth (SUI)
Score by quarters: 2–5, 1–9, 1–5, 0–10
Wedderburn 2 Goals Ruiz 5

28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)
15:30
v
Report Canada   21–1   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Asumi Tsuzaki (JPN), John Waldow (NZL)
Score by quarters: 5–1, 4–0, 4–0, 8–0
Sohi 4 Goals Moir 1

30 July 2021 (2021-07-30)
14:00
v
Report South Africa   1–33   Netherlands Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Nicola Johnson (AUS), Ursula Wengenroth (SUI)
Score by quarters: 0–7, 0–9, 1–9, 0–8
Wedderburn 1 Goals Keuning 6

1 August 2021 (2021-08-01)
19:50
v
Report Australia   14–1   South Africa Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Referees:
Daniel Daners (URU), Jeremy Cheng (SGP)
Score by quarters: 1–0, 6–1, 4–0, 3–0
five players 2 Goals Vaughan 1

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