Six more medals came Team South Africa’s way at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, taking their tally to 12 and leaving them in fifth spot on the table, writes GARY LEMKE in Birmingham.
A top-six finish on the table has always been the Team SA target for these Games, and they have pulled themselves two golds clear of India in sixth position and three ahead of Scotland in seventh. So far so good, and it should get even better on Tuesday!
The Women’s Fours bowls team are in the gold and silver final showdown, while in the pool Lara van Niekerk and Tatajana Schoenmaker look like they will go 1-2 in the 50m breaststroke. Chad Le Clos is also expected to win a record-breaking 19th Commonwealth Games medal, in the 100m butterfly.
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Monday, however, belonged to judo player Michaela Whitebooi who won gold, while she had plenty of backup from fellow Team SA medallists spread across three different codes.
Silver medals came the way of Pieter Coetze, who narrowly missed adding gold to his 100m backstroke title when pipped in the 50m final, while Erin Gallagher, such a precocious talent over the years, blazed her way to a silver in the women’s 100m butterfly. Sure, she will share silver in a rare swimming dead heat, but she very nearly upstaged 17-time Commonwealth Games medallist Emma McKeown at the wall.
Elsewhere, medals were secured by Caitlin Rooskrantz who continued gymnastics’ dream Games when she took the bronze medal in the women’s uneven bars, while Team SA flag bearer Christiaan Sadie swum to the bronze medal in the S7 50m freestyle. And, for good measure, Charne Griesel (judo 52kg) won bronze after coming through the repechage and doing it the hard way.
For Coetze, the backstroke gold and silver coming at the age of 18 suggests that he is going to become a household name in South African sport.
Whitebooi was tasting her career highlight at the age of 26, but it has always been the plan that we will see the best of her at the 2024 Paris Olympics. She claimed the Commonwealth Games title in the 48kg division by winning three fights in a day.
Team SA in action on Tuesday (Day 5): South Africans to watch at the Commonwealth Games 2022
Team SA started Tuesday’s fifth day of competition with 12 medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games – five golds, three silvers and four bronzes. There is representation in eight sports in Birmingham.
10am Men’s long jump, qualifying, Group B: Cheswill Johnson
10:25am Women’s T37/38, 100m, heat 1: Sheryl James
10:32am Women’s T37/38, 100m, heat 1: Liezel Gouws
10:47am Men’s 100m, heat 2: Akani Simbine
11:50am Women’s 800m, heat 1: Prudence Sekgodiso
7:55pm Women’s T37/38, 100m, final: Sheryl James, Liezel Gouws TBD
8:22pm: Women’s discus, final: Yolandi Stander
8:35pm: Men’s 100m, final: Adrian Wildschutt
11am Women’s Group B: South Africa vs England
2:05pm Women’s Balance beam, final: Shante Koti
3:40pm Women’s Floor, final: Naveen Daries
4pm Women’s Pool B: South Africa vs Kenya
8:30am Women’s Pairs, Section B, Round 1: Colleen Piketh and Bridget Calitz vs Niue
11:45am Women’s Fours, final: Johanna Snyman, Esme Kruger, Bridgit Calitz and Thabelo Muvhango vs India
11:45am Men’s Singles, Section A, Round 1: Jason Evans vs Cephas Kimani (Kenya)
11:45am Para Mixed Pairs B2/B3, Section A, Round 4: Hermanus Scholtz and Tracy Smith vs New Zealand
4:15pm Women’s Triples, Section A, Round 2: Johanna Snyman, Esme Kruger and Thabelo Muvhango vs Northern Ireland
10:34am Men’s 200m backstroke, heat 2: Pieter Coetze
10:38am Men’s 200m backstroke, heat 3: Guy Brooks
10:42am Women’s 200m butterfly, heat 1: Dune Coetzee, Trinity Hearne
11;04am Men’s 50m freestyle, heat 8: Clayton Jimmie
11:14am Women’s 50m backstroke, heat 4: Rebecca Meder
11:16am Women’s 50m backstroke, heat 5: Olivia Nel
11:26am Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, heat 2:
8:21pm Men’s 50m breaststroke, final: Michael Houlie
7:43pm Women’s 100m freestyle, final: Aimee Canny
7:49pm Men’s 100m butterfly, final: Chad Le Clos
7:07pm Women’s 100m breaststroke, final: Lara van Niekerk, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett
8:11pm Men’s 50m freestyle, semi-final: Clayton Jimmie TBD
9:15pm: Women’s 800m freestyle, final: Michaela Pulford
9:36pm Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, heat 2: TBD
2pm Men’s 96kg, final: Ruben Burger
3pm Men’s 5th/6th place: South Africa vs Northern Ireland
(Allen Mtatase, Cecil Dumond, Ayabonga Jim, Simanga Mbhele)
3:30pm Women’s 5th/6th: South Africa vs Kenya
(Aviwe Ngoni, Samkelisiwe Mbatha, Michelle Moganedi, Kelebogile Moeng)
Source: Team SA