Halala: South Africans win 67 medals at World Transplant Games

Halala: South Africans win 67 medals at World Transplant Games

- South African athletes who participated in the 2019 World Transplant Games made Mzansi proud

- The 60 athletes managed to bring back home an impressive 67 medals

- One of the athletes was Johan Roos, who became the Games' oldest contestant

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There is no doubt that South Africans can excel in everything they do. Sixty SA athletes traveled to Newcastle in the United Kingdom to represent the country in the annual World Transplant Games.

The Games is like the Olympics for people who have undergone transplants and it was established 41 years ago.

Team SA performed exceptionally well and they managed to bag a whopping 67 medals in the tournament.

Briefly.co.za learned the national team ended up securing a fifth place in the tournament, trailing behind America, the UK, Canada and Iran.

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Halala: South Africans win 67 medals at World Transplant Games

SA athletes at the World Transplant Games. Photo credit: Tyshon Lewis/Facebook.
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One of the SA athletes who participated was Johan Roos - who made history by becoming the oldest person to take part in the games since it started in 1978.

Roos, an 80-year-old Belville resident, had a heart transplant two decades ago at the Groote Schuur Hospital, Good Things Guy reported.

The elderly athlete competed in several sports at the games - including discus, javelin, shotput, throw ball and pétanque - and he brought back home several gold medals.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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