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Team SA did us proud at Glasgow 2014

Cape Times

They may not have reached their target of 43 medals, but Team SA can still be very proud of the 40 medals harvested at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

The big individual stars for South Africa were wonder boy of the pool Chad le Clos with his seven medals, fellow swimmer Cameron van den Burgh, Cornel Hendricks, who lit up the track for South Africa on Friday night with his gold medal in the 400m hurdles, Khotso Mokoena, who won the triple jump and Zack Piontek, who won gold in the judo men’s 90kg division. In para athletics, Fanie van der Merwe won gold in the Mens Para 100m T37.

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JUBILANT: Fanie van der Merwe wins the mens para-sport 100m T37, whole teammate Charl du Toit jumps for joy at finishing second. Photo: Gallo ImagesIN HIS STRIDE: Zarck Visser competes in the men's long jump final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo: ReutersGLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01:  Tracy-Lee Botha (R) and Colleen Piketh (L) of South Africa celebrate with their medals after winning the Gold Medal in the Women's Pairs Final against Jamie-Lea Winch and Natalie Melmore of England at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 02:  Khotso Mokoena of South Africa celebrates winning gold in the Men's Triple Jump Final at Hampden Park during day ten of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)AIMING: Sunette Viljoen prepares to throw on her way to winning silver in the women's javelin. Photo: ReutersGLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Cornel Fredericks of South Africa (C) crosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas and Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

As far the team events went, one of the highlights for the team in green-and-gold was the sensational gold medal captured by the Blitzbokke, who beat the heavily favoured New Zealanders in the Sevens final. Our bowlers were also in a golden frame of mind, capturing top honours in the para-bowls pairs, the women’s fours, the women’s pairs and the open triples.

Now for Australia 2018!

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