Shine, South Africa – A Closer Look at the South African Olympic Team

This article was posted on 22 August 2016

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“You have all earned the ultimate honour of representing your country. We have every faith in you excelling at your various events. Attending the Olympics is the pinnacle of a sportsman’s dream. Go and showcase the rainbow nation to the best of your ability.” These are the words by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) President, Gideon Sam as he congratulated the sportsmen and -women of Team South Africa.

A total of 137 representatives, which includes a rugby- and two soccer teams, will be making their way to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games where they will be competing in 16 different sporting codes.

This will be South Africa’s nineteenth time at the games and they put their faith in the below hopefuls.


Akani Simbine

Henricho Bruintjies

Tlotliso Leotlela

Clarence Munyai

Anaso Jobodwana

Wayde van Niekerk

Jacob Rozani

Rynhardt van Rensburg

Elroy Gelant

Stephen Mokoka

Antonio Alkana

Lindsay Hanekom

Louis van Zyl

Le Roux Hamman

Ruswahl Samaai

Luvo Manyonga

Stefan Brits

Khotso Mokoena

Rocco van Rooyen

Willem Coertzen

Lebogang Shange

Wayne Snyman

Marc Mundell

Richard Murray

Henri Schoeman

Chad le Clos

Jarred Crous

Dylan Bosch

Calvyn Justus

Cameron van der Burgh

Sebastien Rousseau

Michael Meyer

Christopher Reid

Matthew Meyer

Myles Brown

Bradley Tandy

Douglas Erasmus

Stefano Marcia

Asenathi Jim

Roger Hudson

Jacob Maliekal

Dylan Sage

Philippus Snyman

Timothy Agaba

Albertus Smith

Werner Kok

Kyle Brown

Cheslin Kolbe

Rosko Specman

Justin Geduld

Cecil Afrika

Seabelo Senatla

Juan De Jongh

Daryl Impey

Louis Meintjes

Kyle Dodd

Alan Hatherly

James Reid

James Thompson

John Smith

Shaun Keeling

Lawrence Brittain

Jake Green

David Hunt

Vincent Breet

Jonathan Smith

Jody February

Itumeleng Khune

Ishmael Mngonyama

Rivaldo Coetzee

Abbubaker Mobara

Mothobi Mvala

Erick Mathoho

Tebogo Moerane

Tercious Malepe

Gift Motupa

Maphosa Modiba

Deolin Mekoa

Phumlani Ntshangase

Keagan Dolly

Tyroane Sandows

Lebogang Mothiba

Menzi Masuka

Tashreeq Morris

Zack Piontek

Brandon Stone

Jaco van Zyl

Ryan Patterson

Chad Ho



Gillian Sanders

Mari Rabie

Carina Horn

Alyssa Conley

Tsholofelo Thipe

Justine Palframan

Caster Semenya

Wenda Nel

Dominique Scott

Lynique Prinsloo

Sunette Viljoen

Anel Oosthuizen

Irvette Van Zyl

Christine Kalmer

Lebo Phalula

Julia Vincent

Michelle Weber

Kirsten McCann

Kate Christowitz

Ursula Grobler

Lee-Ann Persse

Bridgitte Hartley

Paula Reto

Ashleigh Simon

An-Li Kachelhoffer

Ashleigh Moolman- Pasio

Roxanne Barker

Amanda Dlamini

Andile Dlamini

Refiloe Jane

Bambanani Mbane

Mamello Makhabane

Stephanie Malherbe

Noko Matlou

Sanah Mollo

Robyn Moodaly

Linda Motlhalo

Octavia Nogwanya

Nompumelelo Nyandeni

Lebohang Ramalepe

Jermaine Seoposenwe

Leandra Smeda

Janine Van Wyk

Nothando Vilakazi

Tanya Seymour


Hoping that all the athletes excel in their respective events and bring home some hardware, South African sporting experts are almost sure that we can expect some gold from the below contenders.

Wayde van Niekerk

Originally from Cape Town, this 24-year old sprinter is the first person to break the records - 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres. He previously won a gold medal in 2015 IAAF World Championships and added two more golds to his collection after a very successful African Championships. Van Niekerk is the official South African flag bearer for Rio2016.


Ruswahl Samaai

Samaai has been on the national sporting scene since the age of 19 as a track and field athlete who competes in the long jump. The now 25-year old represented South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland competing in the long jump, for which he won a bronze medal. Samaai is currently ranked fourth in the world in the men’s long jump.


Caster Semenya

Semenya is a renowned world champion middle distance runner. This 25-year old is no newcomer to the Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Earlier this year at the South African National Championships she became the first individual to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m events. Casper said earlier, “My dream, my main goal, is of course Olympic gold.”


Chad le Clos

Winning a gold and silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, beating the likes of Michael Phelps, the 24-year old le Clos is a swimming sensation specializing in the butterfly, freestyle and medley events. In 2014 he was awarded with the International Swimming Federation’s Swimmer of the Year award. Just before leaving for Rio, Chad tweeted, “I'm on a mission to make South Africa proud this summer in Rio.”

- Enzo Leigh Botes


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