Olympic governing body SASCOC led the way in congratulating young Chad le Clos who blitzed his way to Team South Africa’s second gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Tuesday.
Twenty-year-old Le Clos won the 200-metre butterfly swimming event in an amazing 1min 52.96sec, beating American Olympic legend Michael Phelps into second spot in a nail-biting race to the wall.
KwaZulu-Natal based Le Clos now joins Team SA’s Cameron van der Burgh as an Olympic gold medallist after Van der Burgh won gold in the 100m breaststroke on Sunday night.
South African have now already improved on their showing at the last Games in Beijing where they won just one medal, Khotso Mokoena’s silver in the long jump
It gets better and better, enthused SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy as the nation celebrated young Le Clos’ victory.
Now that we’ve already got two medals after just four days of competition, I have no doubt that this double success is going to motivate the rest of the team to even greater heights.
South Africa also won two medals at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, our first Games since re-admission to the international sporting world. But with the Games only into their fourth day hopes are now high that they can match and even improve on their Sydney 2000 (five) and Athens 2004 (six) Olympic Games.