South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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South Africa at the Olympic Games

Flag of South Africa
IOC code  RSA
NOC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Website www.sascoc.co.za
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 136[1] in 19 sports
Flag bearer Natalie du Toit (opening)
Sifiso Nhlapo (closing)[2]
Medals
Rank: 70
Gold
0
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
1
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

South Africa competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The team included 136 athletes, as of 10 July 2008.[3] South Africa had its worst medals performance at an Olympics since 1994 (winter games), and tied its performance in the 1936 Games.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Silver Godfrey Khotso Mokoena Athletics Men's long jump

Archery[edit]

South Africa sent archers to the Olympics for the fifth time, seeking the nation's first Olympic medal in the sport. Calvin Hartley earned the country its only qualifying spot, in the men's competition, by placing first in the 2008 African championship.[4]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Calvin Hartley Men's individual 654 37  Stevens (CUB) (28)
L 107 (18)–107 (19)
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Pieter de Villiers 400 m hurdles 49.24 2 Q N/A 49.44 7 Did not advance
Norman Dlomo Marathon N/A 2:24:28 53
Thuso Mpuang 200 m 20.87 6 Q 21.04 7 Did not advance
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi 800 m 1:47.64 2 Q N/A 1:46.24 6 Did not advance
Alwyn Myburgh 400 m hurdles 48.92 SB 3 Q N/A 49.16 5 Did not advance
Samson Ngoepe 800 m 1:47.42 5 N/A Did not advance
Hendrick Ramaala Marathon N/A 2:22:43 44
Ruben Ramolefi 3000 m steeplechase 8:19.86 PB 1 Q N/A 8:34.58 14
Juan van Deventer 1500 m 3:36.32 1 Q N/A 3:37.75 6 Q 3:34.77 6
Louis van Zyl 400 m hurdles 48.86 2 Q N/A 48.57 3 Q 48.42 5
Hannes Dreyer
Gert du Plessis
Leigh Julius
Ishmael Kumbane
Thuso Mpuang
Sergio Mullins
Sibusiso Sishi
4×100 m relay DNF N/A Did not advance
Ofentse Mogawane
Alwyn Myburgh
Pieter Smith
Louis van Zyl
4×400 m relay 3:01.26 SB 6 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena Long jump 8.14 4 Q 8.24 2nd
John Robert Oosthuizen Javelin throw 76.16 19 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
René Kalmer 1500 m 4:08.41 7 N/A Did not advance
Isabel Le Roux 200 m 23.67 7 Did not advance
Tsholofelo Thipe 400 m 54.11 6 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Elizna Naudé Discus throw 58.75 20 Did not advance
Justine Robbeson Javelin throw 59.63 13 Did not advance
Sunette Viljoen 55.58 33 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Chris Dednam
Roelof Dednam
Men's doubles N/A  Bach /
Malaythong (USA)
L 10–21, 16–21
Did not advance
Kerry-Lee Harrington Women's singles BYE  Wong M C (MAS)
L 4–21, 4–21
Did not advance
Chantal Botts
Michelle Edwards
Women's doubles N/A  Chien Y-C /
Cheng W-H (TPE)
L 6–21, 12–21
Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

South Africa qualified one boxer for the Olympic boxing tournament. Jackson Chauke earned a spot in the flyweight competition at the second African continental qualifying tournament.[5]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Jackson Chauke Flyweight  Yunusov (TJK)
L 1–9
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Total Rank Time Rank Time Rank Total Rank
Siboniso Cele Men's C-1 162.51 16 100.42 16 262.93 16 Did not advance
Cameron McIntosh
Cyprian Ngidi
Men's C-2 119.83 12 157.37 12 277.20 12 Did not advance

Sprint[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Calvin Mokoto C-1 500 m 2:03.372 7 QS 2:12.226 9 Did not advance
C-1 1000 m 4:33.887 7 QS 4:26.650 7 Did not advance
Shaun Rubenstein K-1 500 m 1:37.686 5 QS 1:44.154 4 Did not advance
K-1 1000 m 3:36.134 5 QS 3:36.969 4 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jennifer Hodson K-1 500 m 1:51.655 3 QS 1:53.209 3 Q 1:53.353 8
Michele Eray
Bridgitte Hartley
K-2 500 m 1:43.341 8 QS 1:47.018 8 Did not advance
Michele Eray
Jennifer Hodson
Carol Joyce
Nicola Mocke
K-4 500 m 1:37.399 3 QF BYE 1:36.724 7

Qualification Legend: QS = Qualify to semi-final; QF = Qualify directly to final

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
John-Lee Augustyn Men's road race 6:26:17 27
David George Men's road race 6:39:42 80
Men's time trial 1:07:55 31
Robert Hunter Men's road race Did not finish
Cherise Taylor Women's road race 3:48:33 59
Marissa van der Merwe 3:33:17 34

Mountain biking[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Burry Stander Men's cross-country 2:01:58 15
Yolande Speedy Women's cross-country LAP (2 laps) 22

BMX[edit]

Athlete Event Seeding Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Points Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Sifiso Nhlapo Men's BMX 36.428 13 6 1 Q 8 2 Q DNF 7

Diving[edit]

Women
Athlete Events Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jenna Dreyer 3 m springboard 210.90 28 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Sello Maduma Individual épée  Kim S-G (KOR)
L 12–15
Did not advance
Dario Torrente  Videira (POR)
L 10–15
Did not advance
Mike Wood  Nikishyn (UKR)
L 7–15
Did not advance
Sello Maduma
Dario Torrente
Mike Wood
Team épée N/A  China (CHN)
L 28–45
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jyoti Chetty Individual sabre  Besbes (TUN)
L 2–15
Did not advance
Adele du Plooy  Pundyk (UKR)
L 7–15
Did not advance
Elvira Wood  Sassine (CAN)
L 2–15
Did not advance
Jyoti Chetty
Adele du Plooy
Shelley Gosher
Elvira Wood
Team sabre N/A  United States (USA)
L 8–45
Classification semi-final
 Russia (RUS)
L 13–45
7th place final
 Canada (CAN)
L 16–45
8

Field hockey[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Team roster

The following is the South African roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[6] view · talk

Head Coach: Gregg Clark

Reserve:

  1. Shanyl Balwanth
  2. Erasmus Pieterse (GK)
Group play
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 5 4 1 0 16 6 +10 13
 Australia 5 3 2 0 24 7 +17 11
 Great Britain 5 2 2 1 10 7 +3 8
 Pakistan 5 2 0 3 11 13 −2 6
 Canada 5 1 1 3 10 17 −7 4
 South Africa 5 0 0 5 4 25 −21 0

     Advanced to semifinals

11 August 2008
21:00
v
Netherlands  5 – 0  South Africa
Taekema Goal 4'35'
Docherty Goal 44'
Hertzberger Goal 47'
M. Brouwer Goal 66'
Report
Umpires:
Henrik Ehlers (DEN)
Xavier Adell (ESP)
13 August 2008
08:30
v
South Africa  0 – 10  Australia
Report Dwyer Goal 2'42'
Matheson Goal 14'29'57'
Schubert Goal 27'
Guest Goal 35+'38'
Kavanagh Goal 47'
Abbott Goal 67'
Umpires:
Andy Mair (GBR)
Roel van Eert (NED)
15 August 2008
21:00
v
South Africa  0 – 2  Great Britain
Report Tindall Goal 20'
Daly Goal 66'
Umpires:
Christian Blasch (GER)
Rob ten Cate (NED)
17 August 2008
18:00
v
Pakistan  3 – 1  South Africa
Javed Goal 9'
Abbasi Goal 44'
Saqlain Goal 60'
Report Smith Goal 31'
Umpires:
Amarjit Singh (MAS)
Kim Hong-Lae (KOR)
19 August 2008
18:00
v
Canada  5 – 3  South Africa
R. Short Goal 15'
Fernandes Goal 31'46'
Grimes Goal 38'70'
Report Smith Goal 4'51'
Tsolekile Goal 28'
Umpires:
Roel van Eert (NED)
Satinder Kumar (IND)
Classification match for 11th/12th place
23 August 2008
08:30
v
China  4 – 3 (a.e.t.)  South Africa
Na Yubo Goal 32'
Song Yi Goal 53'58'85'
Report Tsolekile Goal 3'
Symons Goal 63'
Smith Goal 70'
Umpires:
Rob ten Cate (NED)
Satinder Kumar (IND)

Women's tournament[edit]

Team roster

The following is the South African roster in the women's field hockey tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[6] view · talk

Head Coach: Jennifer King

Reserve:

  1. Henriette du Buisson
  2. Farrah Fredericks
Group play
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 5 5 0 0 14 3 +11 15
 China 5 3 1 1 14 4 +10 10
 Australia 5 3 1 1 17 9 +8 10
 Spain 5 2 0 3 4 12 −8 6
 South Korea 5 1 0 4 13 18 −5 3
 South Africa 5 0 0 5 2 18 −16 0

     Advanced to semifinals

10 August 2008
20:30
v
Netherlands  6 – 0  South Africa
Mulder Goal 5'
Agliotti Goal 27'
Paumen Goal 46'58'
Booij Goal 56'
Dijkstra Goal 66'
Report
Umpires:
Lisa Roach (AUS)
Carolina de la Fuente (ARG)
12 August 2008
18:30
v
China  3 – 0  South Africa
Tang Chunling Goal 6'
Fu Baorong Goal 33'
Zhao Yudiao Goal 40'
Report
Umpires:
Gina Spitaleri (ITA)
Minka Woolley (AUS)
14 August 2008
20:30
v
South Africa  0 – 3  Australia
Report Hudson Goal 10'
Lambert Goal 44'
Eastham Goal 62'
Umpires:
Carol Metchette (IRL)
Ute Conen (GER)
16 August 2008
21:00
v
Spain  1 – 0  South Africa
Romagosa Goal 31' Report
Umpires:
Lee Keum-Ju (KOR)
Gina Spitaleri (ITA)
18 August 2008
10:30
v
South Korea  5 – 2  South Africa
Gim Sung-Hee Goal 6'
Lee Seon-Ok Goal 23'29'
Park Mi-Hyun Goal 32'
Kim Eun-Sil Goal 58'
Report Hector Goal 51'
Vida Ryan Goal 66'
Umpires:
Stella Bartlema (NED)
Carol Metchette (IRL)
Classification match for 11th/12th place
22 August 2008
08:30
v
South Africa  4 – 1  New Zealand
Marescia Goal 14'
Wilson Goal 34'
Vida Ryan Goal 51'
Brown Goal 59'
Report Flynn Goal 17'
Umpires:
Lee Keum-Ju (KOR)
Carol Metchette (IRL)

Gymnastics[edit]

Rhythmic[edit]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Rope Hoop Clubs Ribbon Total Rank Rope Hoop Clubs Ribbon Total Rank
Odette Richard Individual 13.975 13.950 13.800 13.775 55.500 23 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Marlon August Men's −73 kg N/A  Al Qubaisi (UAE)
W 1000–0000
 Guilheiro (BRA)
L 0000–1001
Did not advance
Matthew Jago Men's −81 kg BYE  Krawczyk (POL)
L 0000–0120
Did not advance
Patrick Trezise Men's −90 kg N/A  Pershin (RUS)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance  Rosati (ARG)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ramon di Clemente
Shaun Keeling
Pair 6:45.26 3 SA/B BYE 6:37.18 3 FA 6:47.83 5
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hendrika Geyser Single sculls 8:20.26 4 QF N/A 7:44.14 4 SC/D 7:59.67 1 FC 7:35.06 13
Kirsten McCann
Alexandra White
Lightweight double sculls 7:20.51 6 R 7:48.04 4 FC N/A BYE 7:20.49 14

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Penny Lynn
Dominique Provoyeur
Kim Rew
Yngling 13 10 11 2 12 8 13 7 CAN CAN EL 63 12

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; CAN = Race cancelled

Shooting[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Esmari van Reenen 50 m rifle 3 positions 578 16 Did not advance
Diane Swanton Trap 57 17 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jean Basson 200 m freestyle 1:46.31 2 Q 1:46.13 3 Q 1:45.97 4
400 m freestyle 3:52.90 30 N/A Did not advance
William Diering 200 m breaststroke 2:10.39 AF 8 Q 2:10.21 12 Did not advance
George du Rand 100 m backstroke 54.90 22 Did not advance
200 m backstroke 1:58.62 AF 13 Q 1:58.61 AF 13 Did not advance
Lyndon Ferns 100 m freestyle 48.26 9 Q 48.00 7 Q 48.04 6
100 m butterfly 52.04 15 Q 52.18 14 Did not advance
Chad Ho 10 km open water N/A 1:52:13.1 9
Gideon Louw 50 m freestyle 22.17 16 Q 21.97 12 Did not advance
Ryk Neethling 100 m freestyle 49.28 30 Did not advance
Hercules Troyden Prinsloo 1500 m freestyle 15:12.64 22 N/A Did not advance
Roland Mark Schoeman 50 m freestyle 21.76 5 Q 21.74 5 Q 21.67 AF 7
Darian Townsend 200 m freestyle 1:48.08 21 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 1:59.22 10 Q 1:59.65 11 Did not advance
Cameron van der Burgh 100 m breaststroke 59.96 AF 5 Q 1:00.57 10 Did not advance
Neil Versfeld 200 m breaststroke 2:10.50 9 Q 2:10.06 AF 9 Did not advance
Gerhardus Zandberg 100 m backstroke 53.75 AF 5 Q 53.98 10 Did not advance
Riaan Schoeman 400 m individual medley 4:14.09 12 N/A Did not advance
Lyndon Ferns
Ryk Neethling
Roland Schoeman
Darian Townsend
4×100 m freestyle relay 3:13.06 AF 6 Q N/A 3:12.66 AF 7
Jean Basson
Sebastien Rousseau
Darian Townsend
Jan Venter
4×200 m freestyle relay 7:10.91 AF 8 Q N/A 7:13.02 8
Lyndon Ferns
Darian Townsend
Cameron van der Burgh
Gerhardus Zandberg
4×100 m medley relay 3:34.16 AF 7 Q N/A 3:33.70 AF 7
Women

Natalie du Toit, five time gold medallist at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, has qualified to compete, becoming the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games in the 10 kilometre open water race.[7][8] She finished in 16th place.

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Melissa Corfe 200 m freestyle 2:00.95 33 Did not advance
400 m freestyle 4:10.54 17 N/A Did not advance
200 m backstroke 2:12.64 22 Did not advance
Natalie du Toit 10 km open water N/A 2:00:49.9 16
Mandy Loots 100 m butterfly 58.61 AF 18 Did not advance
Kathryn Meaklim 200 m butterfly 2:09.41 16 Q 2:11.74 16 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:37.11 10 N/A Did not advance
Jessica Pengelly 200 m individual medley 2:15.80 26 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:41.04 21 N/A Did not advance
Lize-Mari Retief 50 m freestyle 25.44 26 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 55.17 21 Did not advance
100 m butterfly 58.20 AF 8 Q 58.63 12 Did not advance
Wendy Trott 400 m freestyle 4:08.38 AF 12 N/A Did not advance
800 m freestyle 8:26.21 AF 9 N/A Did not advance
Suzaan van Biljon 100 m breaststroke 1:07.55 5 Q 1:09.56 16 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:25.51 9 Q 2:28.45 15 Did not advance
Melissa Corfe
Mandy Loots
Kathryn Meaklim
Wendy Trott
4×100 m freestyle relay 3:51.14 15 N/A Did not advance
Melissa Corfe
Mandy Loots
Lize-Mari Retief
Suzaan van Biljon
4×100 m medley relay 4:04.20 12 N/A Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Kevin Anderson Men's singles  Loglo (TOG)
W 6–3, 6–2
 Kiefer (GER)
L 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Did not advance
Kevin Anderson
Jeff Coetzee
Men's doubles N/A  Almagro /
Ferrer (ESP)
L 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Mari Rabie Women's 19:54 0:29 1:06:30 0:34 42:01 2:09:28.02 43
Kate Roberts 19:58 0:30 1:06:26 0:37 38:02 2:05:33.24 32

Volleyball[edit]

Beach[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Judith Augoustides
Vita Nel
Women's Pool D
 GollerLudwig (GER)
L 0 – 2 (12–21, 14–21)
 KoutroumanidouTsiartsiani (GRE)
L 0 – 2 (12–21, 8–21)
 Chen XZhang X (CHN)
L 0 – 2 (13–21, 9–21)
4 Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Darryn Anthony Men's −77 kg 135 24 160 22 295 22

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Heinrich Barnes −66 kg  Buyanjav (MGL)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 19

References[edit]