GOLD COAST- It was a historic night for Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and will be marked as a sporting history for SA as Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker produced special performances in the pool, while Akani Simbine was crowned Commonwealth champion in the men’s 100m on the track.
The stars seemed aligned for South African athletes when Van der Burgh stunned world record holder Adam Peaty in the 50m breaststroke for his third straight Commonwealth Games gold, Schoenmaker won her second gold of the Games by breaking Penny Heyns’ 100m breaststroke record that had stood since 1999.
Chad le Clos completed a clean sweep of the butterfly titles, winning his third gold and becoming the most prolific swimming medalist in Games history.
Then on the track, Akani Simbine won the men’s 100m sprint on the track with fellow South African Henricho Brunitjies who took home silver.
Christian Sadie a 20-year-old para-swimmer, won silver as South Africa signed off a dream night in the pool with a total of 10 medals, six golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
Le Clos shared his admiration of his fellow South African athletes, he said, “I’ll be honest, Cameron’s win was very special. We’ve trained together for a year. What he’s gone through with Peaty over the last few years, for him to win that race tonight was unbelievable. And Tatjana won so easily again. For me to come back in 50.6 and swim pretty much my best time after 13 races … unbelievable. And that’s 16 Commonwealth medals now. And Akani Simbine, unbelievable.”
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