Here is a list of those South Africans in Olympics action on Wednesday. All times were Rio local and in brackets is SA time, +5 hours).
Women’s 800m, heat 2: Caster Semenya won her heat in 1:59.31 to progress to Friday’s semi-finals
In a nutshell: This was probably the most anticipated heat in Olympic history and Semenya did what was required when she came from off the pace to ease through in 1:59.31. That was a full 1.40 seconds quicker than when she started her London 2012 campaign. Semenya looked relaxed and in cruise control throughout after the bell had rung at 58.23, before she kicked for home and past her rivals with 200m to go.
Men’s Decathlon, 100m, heat 2: Willem Coertzen finished seventh in his heat in 11.02sec. His morning didn’t get off to the best of starts, finishing seventh in his heat in this most gruelling of all-round events. His time left him 24th out of 32 competitors overall, on 834 points, some 189 behind leader Damian Warner.
Men’s Decathlon, Long Jump: Coertzen produced a leap of 6.98m to place 11th in the long jump competition. The leap gave him 809 points, for a total of 1643 after two events. That left him in 27th place overall, as odds-on favourite Ashton Eaton moved to the top of the standings.
Men’s Decathlon, Shot Put: Coertzen recorded a season’s best 14.00 metres as he placed 11th in the discipline. It earned him 728 points and moved him up one place to 36th overall after three events, with 2 371 points. Eaton continued to lead with 2 803 points.
Coertzen failed to start the high jump and did not finish the event.
What he said [On Social media]: ‘It just seems like my body is not holding up this year, disappointment is an utter understatement! Sometimes one cant understand why! There’s so much work and sacrifices that has gone into this last 4 years and for it to end like this just doesn’t make sense!Thanks everybody for all the support and messages,it meant a lot! Will keep my head up and move forward!! Where one journey ends another one begins
Men’s 5 000m, heat 2: Elroy Galant finished seventh in his heat, the faster of the two on the morning, and qualified for the final. His time was 13:22.0.
What he said: ‘I knew the it would be tough to get into the final. For sure, the guys weren’t going to take it out and I trusted my training and going out at 64sec a lap and to get to an 8km 3000. I knew the guys would catch me but also knew I had to go with them and I think my strategy worked. The final will be different ball game … tactical and probably a kick with 800/kay to go. It felt like Phalaborwa back home out there, really hot, and I think it caught me at the end but that’s OK. Strategy is to be with those guys with a kay to go and stay in the top 4-5. I showed I can do it today now my mind must be that bit stronger and get a medalling mentality. It’s like a chess game… you have to move when the big guys move. Anything is possible in the final and I’ll take motivation from Wayde and let that stay in my head lap after lap. I need to be top five throughout and that’s my strategy.’
Men’s Javelin, qualifying, Group A: Rocco van Rooyen: The Cape Town based thrower produced a season’s best 78.48m to justify his inclusion despite a long-term injury. He ended 13th of 19 competitors and failed to make the final.
Women’s Kayak K1, 500m, heat 2: London 2012 bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley finished third in her heat in 1:55.737 and qualified comfortably for the semi-finals.
In a nutshell: Hungary’s Danuta Kozak led from start to finish as she and Maryna Litvinchuk of Belarus took a stranglehold on the field. Hartley showed some early competition with the boat bouncing a bit too much for comfort in the early stages out of the starting blocks. But she was content to bide her time and after going through 250m (halfway) in 57.50 in fourth place, got everything under control and also got into her stroke in the second half of the race. She did what she had to do to qualify for the semi-final with the first six finishers going through automatically. As she re-focused for that semi-final, manager Craig Mustard was a busy man as he made sure the bright green racing machine was free of water drops and in pristine condition, just the way the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in this event likes it!
Women’s Kayak K1, 500m, Semi-final 3: Hartley went off in the third lane of the third and last semi-final. The first two finishers in each semi went through automatically to the final, joined by the next two third-fastest boats. It was another slow start from Hartley and although she was closing fast at the finish she ended fifth of seven boats, 1.882sec behind winner Franziska Weber of Germany and into the B Final but not the coveted A Final and a medal chance. ME
Women’s first round: Paula Reto teed off in the third group of the morning, alongside Nicole Larsen or Denmark and In Gee Kun of Korea. She finished on three-over par 74 after being one-under at a stage.
Women’s first round: Ashleigh Simon teed off in a group that also included Harukyo Nomura of Japan and Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden. She was four-over par after eight holes and that’s where she stayed, signing for a 75..
Men’s Seeding Run: Kyle Dodd ended 26th in the run +1.837sec behind leader Joris Daudet of France.
What he said: ‘Seeing the track was something I haven’t seen before. Besides the different colours which was definitely something new. The track looked so fun and fast. Once I got out there and got a few laps in I felt more comfortable each lap. What was nice is that we had multiple days and a lot of track time to get the track dialed in so there was no rush at all. The time trial was unbelievable, the vibe in the stadium, the crowd and most of all the support back home was insane – I still front of my family on the biggest stage in the world. It was something unreal and I’m so glad they good that they share that moment with m. My goal is the top 16 so we shall push for that, when I get there anything can happen/’
Image of Bridgitte Hartley in action by Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA