Top 3 Proud Moments in the Tokyo Olympics for Team South Africa

Top 3 Proud Moments in the Tokyo Olympics for Team South Africa

The Tokyo Olympics were a bit of a bummer this time around with Team South Africa only collecting a few medals in the process. Even though some didn't win medals, the nation is proud of them. Briefly News takes a look at the top four highlights for South Africa in the Games.

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1. Tatjana Schoenmaker

The young swimmer made South Africa extremely proud with her skills in the pool. Schoenmaker was definitely a person to watch and she broke two Olympic records in the process. The beautiful lady went home with a silver medal and later a gold medal, which was definitely a highlight.

Tatjana Schoenmaker, Akani Simbine, Bianca Buitendag, Tokyo Olympics 2020, Team South Africa
Briefly News takes a look at top performers for South Africa at the Olympics that took place recently. Image: Giorgio Scala/BSR Agency and Roger Sedres/Gallo Images
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2. Bianca Buitendag

Buitendag was barely mentioned in pre-Games speculations as a possible medal contender. But, with surfing making its Olympic debut, she put on the show of her life, according to The Citizen.

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In the third round, Buitendag defeated Australia's seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and the 27-year-old South African went on to win a stunning silver medal.

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3. Akani Simbine

Although Simbine didn't get a medal, his performance was not a disappointment at all as he finished just off the podium in the men's 100m final to claim fourth place. He took to social media to talk about how he felt and said he will do a better job next time.

Akani Simbine reacts to losing out on a medal

Briefly News previously reported that South African track and field athlete Akani Simbine made it to the men's 100m final in Tokyo but unfortunately finished fourth, making him lose out on a medal.

Simbine, who started in lane two, was 0.04 seconds short of the bronze medal in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Simbine, the top-ranked sprinter going into the final, said he had been beaten by the best man on the day. He tried his best to secure the gold medal but it just wasn't his day.

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"It wasn't too crazy, it's a bit of the norm. Anything can happen in a final and the best man won," Simbine said, according to Sport24.

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Thando Mpembe Thando Mpembe is a sports journalist who has a passion for all things entertainment. In her spare time, Thando enjoys reading and spending time with family. She is an advocate for mental health and believes that a healthy body starts with a healthy mind. Thando holds an Honours Degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg. Her favourite quote is "Gentle reminder - you are not for everyone and that is a blessing". Email: