SASCOC applaud our rowing gold medallists
Olympic governing body SASCOC congratulated Team South Africa’s men’s lightweight fours combination as they won South Africa’s third gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Pretoria based fours combination of James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Lawrence Ndlovu won South Africa’s first Olympic rowing medal since Ramon di Clemente and Donovan Cech won bronze in the pairs at the Athens Games in 2004.
The lightweight fours event was a nailbiting event and described by international rowing experts as one of the best rowing races ever.
It’s South Africa’s third gold at the 2012 Games after Cameron van der Burgh (100-metre breaststroke) and Chad le Clos (200m butterfly) but the rowing gold came completely out of the blue.
“This is amazing,” said SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy. “This is an absolute dream start to the Olympics for Team South Africa and clearly the team are drawing confidence from Cameron’s medal that he won on Sunday.
`’Here’s hoping that this great momentum continues to build as the Games continue.”
South Africa have now long forgotten the last Games in Beijing where they won just one medal, Khotso Mokoena’s silver in the long jump.
The last time they won three gold medals at the Olympics was in 1996 when Penny Heyns swam her way to double gold in the breaststroke events and Josiah Thugwane won the men’s marathon.