Hartley 1st Woman Medallist Since 2004

by | Aug 10, 2012


Bridgitte Hartley powers her way into third place and onto the London 2012 Olympic Games medals podium, in her Kayak K1 500m metres final in London on National Women’s Day, 9 August, 2012. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Olympic debutant, Bridgitte Hartley, with a passionate nation behind her, rallied to bronze in the woman’s K1 500m final, becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal for South Africa since 2004.

It’s a Jump for Joy at the medal podium in London 2012 from the first SA woman Olympic Games medallist, since Hestrie Cloete’s memorable high jump performance in Athens, 2004. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture AgencyHestrie Cloete was the last woman medal winner when she took gold in the women’s High Jump in Athens eight years ago.

It was a great claw-back by Hartley, the South African champion, to reign in the big names, finishing in a time of 1:52:923.

Shortly before her race, Hartley told gsport she was inspired by Olympic legend Penny Heyns.

“I was inspired by reading Penny Heyns book a few years back.”

Heyns tweeted Hartley shortly after she bagged bronze, saying: “Well done Bridgette! Making SA proud on women’s day!”

All eyes will now be on African and National women’s javelin champion Sunette Viljoen who is in the Olympic Final tonight at 10:00pm (SA time), but less has been heard of while Jessica Roux, appears in SA colours with bib No. 5 in the Women’s 10km Swimming Marathon Final, at 13h00.

A quick peek at the finish line results and a welcome pause for reflection once the final was raced, a moment in time for Bridgitte Hartley to savour with pride the immense achievement just won for SA. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Another big focus will be on Caster Semenya with the opportunity to secure a place in the final of the women’s 800 metres, when she lines up in the semi-final at 8:35pm (SA time) on Thursday night.


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