Homecoming reception ‘overwhelming’, say medallists

2012-08-14 08:59

“Absolutely overwhelming”, “great” and “super happy” is how South Africa’s Olympic medallists described their reception at Joburg’s OR Tambo International Airport today.

Hundreds of sports fans, relatives, dignitaries and hangers-on gathered at the airport’s international arrivals terminal.

Bronze medallist Bridgette Hartley said she cried like she had won gold upon realising that she had won bronze.

James Thompson, part of the gold-medal-winning rowing team, said the reception was absolutely overwhelming and striking gold was an incredible feeling.

Silver medallist Caster Semenya thanked the fans gathered at the airport for their support.
“I’m super happy,” Semenya said.

Rower Sizwe Ndlovu also thanked the crowd for their support.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula congratulated Team South Africa for a job well done.

“I don’t think you can comprehend what you’ve done,” said Mbalula, adding that the athletes had united and inspired the country.

Mbalula also appealed to sponsors to support the country’s medallists.

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