Applause and ululations welcome SA medallists

2012-08-14 07:47

Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport’s international arrivals terminal erupted into thunderous applause, ululations and screams when three of South Africa’s five Olympic medallists returned home.

The gold-medal-winning rowing team of James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu, 800m silver medallist Caster Semenya and single kayak bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley emerged just after 9am today.

Semenya’s grandmother, Mmaphuti Sekgala, ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were also present at the athletes’ homecoming.

The other medallists, swimmers Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, arrived in the country last week but were on hand to welcome South Africa’s other medallists.

Van der Burgh said he was pleased to be doing so.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.