Team South Africa has received an authentic welcome after participating at the London Olympics games. Team SA has brought back home six medals, three gold, two silver and one bronze, finishing 24th at the 2012 Olympics. A marked improvement from Beijing 2008 when a solitary silver left the country ranked 70th in the world.
The medalists were led by SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy and received congratulatory words from Minister Fikile Mbalula and Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
South Africa’s performance at the Olympic Games was the best since the end of apartheid, Reddy said at the team’s arrival in Johannesburg today.”The young people standing with you, those medals round their shoulders, they deserve a big round of applause,” he added.
SA the best in Africa
Rankings are determined primarily by the number of gold medals won, with silver and bronze medal tallies then used to break ties. Team South Africa’s medals put us just ahead of Ethiopia who ended in 25th position with three gold, one silver and three bronze. Kenya were the next African country, coming 27th on the table with two gold medals. The USA topped the overall medals table, followed by China and hosts Great Britain.