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SA ends third on medals table at World Transplant Games
- Updated: September 28, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa have ended the 2015 World Transplant Games in Argentina in third place on the medals table.
The team won 89 medals between them after the six days of competition at Mar de Plata.
That compares favourably with the 107 medals won two years ago when South Africa hosted the previous edition of the Games in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Ahead of South Africa were Great Britain and Northern Ireland (246) and host nation Argentine (144). A total of 44 countries made up the medals table.
South Africa’s medals were made up of 41 gold, 24 silver and 24 bronze medals. Since competing at the World Transplant Games since 1995 in Manchester, this is South Africa’s second best medal haul.
The team’s experience at the World Transplant Games was summarised by three concepts:
1 The reconnection and forging of friendships characterised by unconditional acceptance;
2 Competing at the highest possible level and making themselves and the country proud;
3 Celebrating a second chance at life with more than a thousand people from 44 countries.
The team are now concentrating on maintaining their already high quality of competitiveness and improving on their third position by continuing to maintain the high qualification standards and conducting at least two national training camps after next year’s nationals and ahead of the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain.