Here are the South Africans who won medals at this year's Commonwealth Games
The 2018 Commonwealth Games have ended and South Africa has 37 medals to show for it thanks to our inspiring athletes.
We are proud of every athlete who competed, as qualifying for the games is a huge achievement in and of itself. But we would also like to put some faces to the medals.
Here are the 2018 Commonwealth Games medal winners from Team SA:
Caster Semenya (Double Gold Medallist + Double Record Holder)
Caster Semenya has made South Africa proud once again by winning gold in the women's 1500m race and even broke the Commonwealth Games record, as well as the 1984 record of SA's Zola Budd, clocking a time of 4:00.7. Congratulations @caster800m! #SportsDiplomacy #Commonwealth2018 pic.twitter.com/LIXXyzJjOL— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) April 10, 2018
Very few people don’t know about SA’s golden girl Caster Semenya, who is one of the country’s best athletes.
While we’ve come to expect great things from her, her double gold win at the games was incredibly impressive. She won a gold medal for both the Women’s 800m and the Women’s 1 500m event.
In both events, Semenya not only placed first, but also ended up setting a new Commonwealth Games record for each event in the process.
Chad Le Clos (Triple Gold Medallist + Silver + Bronze Medallist)
Chad Le Clos stole the spotlight in the swimming category of events, earning a gold medal in the Men’s 100 Butterfly, the Men’s 200m Butterfly and the Men’s 50m Butterfly. He set a new games record for both the 200m and 100m event.
He also won second place and a silver medal in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, while earning a bronze medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Tatjana Schoenmaker (Double Gold Medallist)
a Second gold for the new kid on the block. Tatjana Schoenmaker on Monday night added to her 100m breaststroke gold when she won the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Her time of 2.22.022 broke the record of Olympic Gold medalist Penny Heyns. pic.twitter.com/S4vDbeKcqM— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA18) April 9, 2018
Another star that is shining brightly in Team SA, Tatjana Schoenmaker walked away with two gold medals after placing first in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke and the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.
At only 20 years old, she is one of the youngest medallists from Team SA.
Luvo Manyonga (Gold Medallist + Record Holder)
The Men’s Long Jump is where Luvo Manyonga earned his gold medal for South Africa, while simultaneously setting a new record for the event.
Ndodomzi Ntutu (Gold Medallist + Record Holder)
Ndodomzi Ntutu has earned South Africa yet another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.— Lead SA (@lead_sa) April 12, 2018
Congratulations to yet another local star! https://t.co/MQttpi0l83#InspiringSouthAfricans pic.twitter.com/TjqmBn4e25
Ndodomzi Ntutu was another South African gold medallist at this year’s games who managed to also set a new games record. He won gold for the Men’s T12 100m.
Akani Simbine (Gold + Silver Medallist)
Akani Simbine earned his gold medal during the Men’s 100m, but also snagged a silver medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m relay with his fellow teammates.
Great things are expected in this 24-year-old’s future.
Charl du Toit (Bronze Medallist + World Record Holder)
Charl du Toit not only walked away with a bronze medal for the Men’s T38 100m event, but also managed to set a new world record in the process. Despite not winning gold, his performance in the event’s final means that he is the new world record holder.
Henri Schoeman (Gold Medallist)
All it takes is a burning desire and passion to follow your dreams, courage to risk and go for it, have faith and believe in yourself to give it everything you have 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/oobfDqbZik— Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) April 6, 2018
Henri Schoeman earned himself a gold medal when he placed first in the Men’s Triathalon.
Martin Erasmus (Gold Medallist)
Martin Erasmus beat New Zealand’s Samuel Belkin the the Men’s Freestyle 97kg wrestling event – earning himself first place and a gold medal for Team SA. This is the first Commonwealth Games gold medal SA has received for wrestling in decades.
Cameron Van Der Burgh (Gold + Bronze Medallist)
🥇Dehli, 🥇 Glasgow, 🥇 Gold Coast...50 Breaststroke trebble! pic.twitter.com/M59QXYT4YG— Cameron van der Burgh (@Cameronvdburgh) April 10, 2018
This swimmer walked away with a total of three medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games – one gold and two bronze.
He earned first place in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, as well as earning a bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke and the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Bradley Tandy (Silver Medallist)
During the Men’s 50m Freestyle, Bradley Tandy placed second and earned himself a silver medal.
Christian Sadie (Silver Medallist)
21 Year old Pretoria swimmer Christian Sadie is now the proud owner of a Commonwealth Games Sliver Medal after a second place in the men's S7 Freestyle Monday night. This in addition to the three silver medals he won at the World Championships in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/bW0o5cfCNq— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA18) April 9, 2018
At only 20 years old, Christian Sadie’s first outing at the Commonwealth Games saw him win a silver medal in the Men’s S7 50m Freestyle.
Henricho Bruintjies (Silver Medallist)
Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. #kingb @GC2018 pic.twitter.com/iSlZsVsPaB— Henricho Bruintjies (@KINGBRUINTJIES) April 11, 2018
Henricho Bruintjies earned two silver medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, placing second in both the Men’s 100m and the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay.
Hilton Langenhoven (Silver Medallist)
Hilton Langenhoven contributed to South Africa’s top spots in the Men’s T12 100m when he earned a silver medal during the event – meaning that South Africa won both first and second place in the finals.
Dyan Buis (Silver Medallist)
Dyan Buis won second place and a silver medal during the Men’s T38 100m event. He also set a new seasonal best for himself.
Johannes Botha (Silver Medallist)
Johannes Botha won second place during the Men’s Freestyle 74kg wrestling event, giving him a silver medal to bring home even though this was the first time he had ever competed in the games.
Colleen Piketh (Silver + Bronze Medalist)
Colleen Piketh added to team South Africa's medal tally at the Commonwealth Games when she took bronze in the Bowls Singles competition. Piketh, who also won a gold and bronze medal at the Glasgow Games, beat Canada's Kelly McKerihen 21-17 in a tight match. pic.twitter.com/XwEJLszJmG— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA18) April 8, 2018
Colleen Piketh earned two medals at the games this year – one silver and one bronze. She placed second in the Lawn Bowls Women’s Pairs event, while taking third place in the Women’s Singles event.
Ryan Coetzee (Bronze Medallist)
Ryan Coetzee won South Africa's third medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast when he took bronze in the 50m butterfly final. Coetzee was VERY happy with his first CWG medal.@RyanCoetzee pic.twitter.com/QFBZk4bREA— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA18) April 6, 2018
Taking third place in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, Ryan Coetzee earned himself a bronze medal during this year’s games. It’s a very impressive feat considering that this is the first major international sports event in which he has competed.
Mona Pretorius (Bronze Medallist)
Mona Pretorius helped put SA on the map for the weightlifting category after earning a bronze medal in the Women’s 63kg event.
Reinhardt Hamman (Bronze Medallist)
The Men’s F38 Shot Put event is where Renihardt Hamman won his bronze medal at the games. This has added to his list of achievements, including his first place rank at the 2016 Paralympic Games’ Men’s Javelin Throw F38 event.
Ruswahl Samaai (Bronze Medallist)
Ruswahl Samaai won third place in the Men’s Long Jump event, making it the second time he has earned a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Wenda Nel (Bronze Medallist)
🙌South Africa's Wenda Nel finished second in Heat 2, Women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 54.61 qualifying for the final on Thursday, 12 April.— gsport4girls (@gsport4girls) April 10, 2018
The 29-year-old aims to be South Africa’s first female 400m hurdles medallist at a Commonwealth Games. #GC2018Athletics #GoGirls pic.twitter.com/gQOt9aUJ0A
After performing in the Women’s 400m Hurdles, Wenda Nel walked away with a bronze medal.
Sunette Viljoen (Bronze Medallist)
After a tough battle with a back injury, I am leaving Australia with my 4th consecutive Commonwealth Games medal. Really proud. Thank you @GC2018 for a wonderful games! #ShareTheDream pic.twitter.com/fU8MBLqH5v— Sunette Viljoen (@Sunette_Viljoen) April 12, 2018
Viljoen is a Commonwealth Games veteran of sorts, competing in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 installments of the games. This year, she earned a bronze medal in the Women’s Javelin Throw.
Alan Hatherly (Bronze Medallist)
The only South African to win a medal in the mountain bike cycling category, Alan Hatherly placed third and won a bronze medal during the Men’s Cross-country event– an impressive feat for one of Team SA’s youngest members.
Clint Hendricks (Bronze Medallist)
Clint Hendricks earned a bronze medal in the Men’s Road Race, making him the only South African to win a medal in the road cycling category of events.