Twitter reacts to SA's unexpected hero

Henri Schoeman (Getty)
Henri Schoeman (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - South Africa won its 8th medal of the Rio Olympics in the triathlon on Thursday through Henri Schoeman in what was a largely unexpected result. 

In the build-up to the Games, South Africa's in the event were on Richard Murray to deliver something special. 

Murray finished 4th, but the moment belonged to Schoeman, who was ecstatic afterwards. 

South Africans and the world took to Twitter to congratulate the 24-year-old. 

Many wouldn't have heard of him before Thursday, but that is all set to change now that he is an Olympic medallist.

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