South Africa has competitors in action in just two codes on Sunday (21 August), the final day of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a list of competitors, Rio times (SA times in brackets).
9.30am (2.30pm): Men’s marathon, Lusapho April, Sibusiso Nzima and Lungile Gongqa
What to expect: Traditionally the Olympic marathon is not won with a fast time as there are no time incentives. It’s all about that coveted gold medal and the prestige of being an Olympic champion and bragging rights for the next four years. Apart from Josiah Thugwane in 1996, South Africa have struggled in the Olympic marathon. But, especially in April, they have an astute thinker who has enough speed and pedigree to perhaps surprise on the day.
12.30 (5.30pm): Men’s mountain bike (cross-country), James Reid and Alan Hatherly
What to expect: The late Burry Stander finished fifth at the last Olympics and would have been at the peak of his powers here in Rio. It’s too much to expect Reid and Hatherly to match that right now. Reid is still in something of a recovery mode after a crash in training and Hatherly is still rising through the ranks after representing South Africa at the African Youth Games in Botswana two years ago and winning gold.