It’s finally here with a lot of SA action

2012-07-28 00:00

THE wait is over and the Olympic Games will kick into full swing this weekend, with plenty of action taking place in the pool and with South Africa well represented.

With the soccer tournaments already kicked-off, Banyana Banyana will need victory over Canada today to have any chance of progressing past the group stages.

But the pool is where SA’s attention will be today and tomorrow, with medal hopefuls Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos in heats action this morning and this afternoon. Team SA could have the first of their desired 12 medals by the end of the weekend if Van der Burgh delivers in tomorrow night’s 100 metres breaststroke final, that is.

Van der Burgh excels at the discipline and will be expected, at the very least, to make the final.

Le Clos, with Riaan Schoeman, will be first up when they open the swimming schedule in the heats for the 400 metres individual medley this morning. It will be an opportunity to gauge what Le Clos is capable of at the Games, with this his first of six events. Kathryn Meaklim swims in the heats for the 400 m women’s individual medley today, with the finals of both the men’s and women’s 400 m IM taking place this evening.

Heerden Herman will see how far he can get in the 400 m freestyle, which also has its final this evening.

The men’s 4x100 m freestyle relay will be decided tomorrow.

Darryl Impey is SA’s only representative in the men’s cycling road race final today, while Robyn de Groot, Ashleigh Moolman and Joanna van de Winkel will feature in the women’s race tomorrow.

The other major event SA’s weekend diary is tomorrow’s women’s hockey group stage match against Argentina. The SA women have shown good form in the build-up to the Games, and victory over Argentina today will be crucial if they are to make the tournament play-offs.

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