South African athlete participating at the Commomwealth Games have one thing in mind: bring home the gold! Golden girl, Caster Semenya on Tuesday broke the national record as well as the games record in a time of 4:00:72 – breaking Zola Budd’s previous record!
In addition, our swimmers came out on top on Monday, with outstanding performances from Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker.
Van der Burgh who owns the London 2012 Olympic champion title, beat the world record-holder and breaststroke superstar Adam Peaty on the 50m breaststroke, finishing his race in 26.58 seconds.
Schoenmaker broke swimming legend Penny Heyns’ 1999 100m breaststroke African record, claiming the gold medal in a fast time of 1:06.41. The accomplishment comes after Schoenmaker won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke event on Saturday, claiming a 100 and 200m double in the process.
This is a major victory for Schoenmaker who became the first able-bodied female swimmer since Joan Harrison at the 1954 Vancouver Games to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
In the case of Chad le Clos, the swimmer completed the 100m butterfly at a record of 50.65 seconds, finishing ahead of James Guy of England in second place with 50.65 with Australia’s Grant Irvine taking bronze in 51.50. Also on Monday, we celebrated the wins of Akani Simbine, who has made history by winning the first ever gold medal for South Africa in the 100m men’s race at the Commonwealth Games with a time of 10.3, followed by fellow South African Henricho Bruintjies who finished second in 10.17.
India is currently the leading BRICS country at number 3 on the top 10 scoreboards of the Commonwealth Games with a total of 21 medals, followed by South Africa at number 5 with 21 medals.