While Richard Murray fought his heart out at the Strathclyde Country Park to win Team South Africa’s first medal of the Games in the men’s triathlon on Thursday, closer to town it was Siyabulela Mabulu who literally had to fight for his medal.
The little Eastern Cape judoka beat Manjeet Nandal of India to take the bronze medal. Murray’s third spot earlier means that we now have two medals on day one of competition.
The only one of the squad to be based outside of the Tshwane region, Mabulu took part in the -66kg category.
It was his last of four fights over the course of the day.
He beat Nandal courtesy of two Shidos (penalties) to earn his bronze medal.
‘I’m very happy and excited,’ he told Road to Rio 2016 as he headed back to the athletes’ village.
‘I came to Glasgow to win a medal and now I’ve done that. I’m glad to win Team South Africa’s second medal.
‘My first fight of the day was actually the hardest, tougher than my bronze medal fight. The guy I beat for bronze I have actually fought already back in 2010.
‘So I knew his game well and just how to play his game. I’m not going to celebrate now. Just have a nice meal and then hit my bed.’
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