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SASCOC salute Olympic wrestler Van Zyl

South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC learnt with great sadness on Tuesday of the death of South African Wrestling Federation Honorary Life member Manie van Zyl.

Van Zyl passed away on Monday at his farm in the Vaalwater area. He was 83 years old.

A former policeman, he took part in two Olympics Games (1956 in Melbourne) and the 1960 Games in Rome,  the latter where he had the honour of carrying the flag.

“Its very sad to lose any of our former Olympians,” said SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam. “It makes it particularly more heartsore to receive this news at a time when Team South Africa are busy taking part in the 2012 Games in London. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Van Zyl also took part in the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver and the following Games in Cardiff.

He won gold medals in both Commonwealth Games  making him only South African wrestler in history to win two hold medals at consecutive Commonwealth Games.


  1. Emmanuel N.Jacobs

    August 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Rest in PEACE van zyl..akuhlanga lunga hlanga!.baba..unga unga phumla ngoxolo.

  2. Gerharx van zyl

    August 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

    To our uncle. May you rest in peace

  3. andre Kleynhans

    August 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    rus in vrede oom ek het jou in 1982 ontmoed as n jong polisie man en jy het my gehelp in my loopbaan sal jou vir ewig dankbaar wees

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