SASCOC President Gideon Sam on Friday celebrated swim sensation Chad le Clos’ second medal of the Olympic Games in London.
Team South Africa won their fourth medal of the Games as young Le Clos took silver in the 100-metre butterfly final, narrowly edged out by Olympic legend Michael Phelps.
On Tuesday Durban’s Le Clos had beaten Phelps in the final of the 200m butterfly final.
“This is absolutely fantastic,” enthused Sam. “Three golds and a silver and we’re only a week into the competition. Young Chad has been an absolute inspiration to South Africans both young and old this week.
“I’m sure that his efforts in the pool are not only going to inspire the rest of Team South Africa here in London but also a whole future generation of South African sportsmen and women.
“And I’m also extremely pleased with our rowers. I know we had a lot of expectations from that code but I see we were quite justified because look how these four young guys have rocked the rowing world.”
South Africa’s first medal at these London Games came from Cameron van der Burgh who took gold in the mens’ 100m breaststroke on Sunday and on Thursday the men’s lightweight four rowing combination also won gold.
The last time South Africa got three gold medals was in Atlanta, Georgia when Penny Heyns took double breaststroke and Josiah Thugwane got gold in the men’s marathon.
“Let’s hope this run of medals continues for the entire duration of these magnificent Games,” concluded Sam.