GALLERY: Staff SA arrives dwelling
“They did not report any detrimental outcomes,” he mentioned on the athletes’ arrival at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport in Kempton Park.
“I believe our staff has been declared drug-free, which is nice.”
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Sports activities Minister Fikile Mbalula obtained the primary of South Africa’s Olympic athletes as they arrived on the airport.
Medallists, 800m runner Caster Semenya and canoeist Bridgitte Hartley stood in entrance of Madikizela-Mandela as supporters used their cellphones to take images of the celebrities.
The gang of supporters gathered on the airport sang the nationwide anthem for the athletes, who stood in a line with their arms over their chests.
A loud cheer, whistles and vuvuzela blasts adopted.
Earlier, gold medal swimmer Chad le Clos whipped the gang right into a frenzy when he launched his fellow medallists.
“Let’s welcome the athletes dwelling,” he mentioned.
Le Clos and fellow medal successful swimmer Cameron van der Burgh had ladies screaming their names, amid the ululating and toyi-toying lots.
Earlier than the athletes made their look, 1000’s of individuals waving flags pressed in opposition to the safety cordons and two decks up into the arrivals corridor, folks watched from above.
Semenya received silver within the ladies’s 800m, Hartley received bronze within the ladies’s kayak single Okay-1500m dash and rowers Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson received gold within the males’s light-weight 4.
Le Clos received gold within the males’s 200m butterfly and Van der Burgh within the males’s 100m breaststroke, setting a brand new world file. Le Clos additionally received silver when he tied for second within the 100m butterfly.