-The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international competition which takes place every four years and includes competitors from all the countries that form part of the Commonwealth of Nations
-South Africa has become very successful in these games in past years despite not having been part of the commonwealth for a few decades during the time of Apartheid
- At the moment, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games but more commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, is currently being held on the Australian East coast part of Queensland state known as the Gold Coast
Despite the years of isolation by the 2006 Commonwealth Games, South Africa was fifth in the medal tally for those games; with a total of 38 medals. Of those, 12 were Gold, 13 Silver and 13 Bronze.
Even more impressive, South Africa despite only having competed in six of the 19 games ever held since the competition's inception in 1930, was sixth in the all-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 280 medals; 92 Gold, 92 Silver and 96 Bronze.
This year Henri Schoeman won the men's triathlon bagging Team South Africa's first gold medal for these games. He completed his event in a time of 52 minutes 31 seconds the opening day of the games.
South Africa's second gold came when Durban's Chad Le Clos won gold in the 50m Butterfly final and smashed his own record set at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, in the final heat of the 200m Butterfly in a time of 1 minute 54 seconds on his way to a winning his second gold medal for the games.
Le Clos is also in the running to break the record for most medals held by one person ever.
Also in the pool, Tatjana Schoenmaker set an African record in the Women's 200m Breaststroke final on her way to a gold medal finish at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday getting South Africa their fourth gold medal.
The past decade of games
Over the past decade South African athletes have consistently performed well in the Commonwealth Games in both individual and team events. The sevens rugby side is known globally as a formidable opponent based on how the Blitzbokke performed in games.
South Africa put up a great showing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia where they managed to win 12 gold medals out of the 38 they brought home after what was widely regarded as a very successful games. Who can forget the mastery and achievements of Natalie Du Toit?
In the India games held in 2010, South Africa bagged 33 medals, 12 of them gold with seven of those won in aquatic events, South Africa even had a netball team attending although they didn't win any medals.
Four years later, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland South AFrica won medals in total with 13 gold and wins in a wide range of events from judo to lawn bowls to athletics.
We are sure South Africans are going to once again do the country proud and bring home many gold medals as well as even more precious memories and experiences competing on international sporting arenas.
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