- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
- Skhosana’s promise to take SA even further forward
- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
Team SA latest ÔÇô Oct 4
- Updated: October 4, 2010
Chad le Clos won South Africa’s first Games Gold with a CWG record in the 200 metres butterly.
The Kwazulu-Natal teenager also contributed to the team cause en-route to a South African bronze in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle. South Africa, in the final, were pipped by England with Australia comfortable winners in a Games Record.
Le Clos swam the early heat in place of veteran Roland Schoeman whose first swim came with the added pressure of a final.
The day belonged to Le Clos, who recently excelled at the Youth Olympics in Singapore with a medal haul of five that included one gold, three silver and one bronze.
Le Clos, in Delhi, was as lethal as he excelled over the last 50 metres to pull away and secure South Africa gold on day one. Le Clos won in 1.56.48 with fellow South African Sebastien Rousseau eighth in 1.58.28.
Earlier in the morning, South Africa’s swimmers excelled in the heats.
Jean Basson, who qualified for the 400 metres freestyle final, withdrew and was replaced by Riaan Schoeman, who placed ninth in the heats.
In the 400 metres freestyle final South Africa’s Mark Randall placed fifth and (Riaan) Schoeman finished seventh. Canada’s Ryan Cochrane won in 3.48.48 with Randall’s time 3.50.87 and Schoeman finished in 3.53.85.
South Africa’s men’s table tennis team hammered Ghana 3-0 and in the women’s hockey South Africa humiliated Trinidad & Tobago 12-0 after leading 3-0 at half-time. Veteran striker Pietie Coetzee scored four goals.
In team news, Netball captain Liesel Wium is unlikely to start in the crunch opener against England on Tuesday. Wium is battling with a calf strain and won’t be risked unless 100 percent fit. At best she may play one quarter.
South Africa must beat England to stand a chance of a top two finish, as Group favourites New Zealand loom large in South Africa’s third Group game.
Vice captain Nthabiseng Moabi will captain the netballers should Wium fail a late fitness test. Christine Markgraaff is also struggling with a shoulder strain.
In the 48 kilogram weightlifting for women Portia Vries finished sixth.
More results and Tuesday’s SA schedule to follow …