Rogail Joseph becomes Team SA’s 100th Medallist as South Africa Ends African Games in Third

Rogail Joseph lifted South African hearts when she became Team SA’s 100th medallist at the 13th African Games, surging to gold in the women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 55.39 seconds, in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, 22 March, 2024. Photo: Team South Africa

Team South Africa has amassed a total of 32 gold medals, 32 silver and 42 bronze, for third position as the 13th African Games nears its close, with Egypt assured of a massive leaderboard victory with their haul of 99 gold medals, in a total tally of 187 medals in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, 22 March, 2024.

Nigeria held their own throughout the African sporting showpiece, steadfastly remaining a gold medal or two ahead of South Africa to finish in a deserved continental second place with 46 gold medals, 33 silver and 41 bronze. 

Team SA had gone into Friday’s competition with 99 medals, which was a significant improvement on the 83 they won at the previous African Games, in Morocco 2019.

It was a golden evening for Team SA’s athletics squad, which claimed a combined five medals, comprising three golds and two bronze medals, and two more medals came in from boxing, taking the final South African medals tally to 106.

First, Rogail Joseph lifted South African hearts when she became Team SA’s 100th medallist at the 13th African Games in Accra, surging to gold in the women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 55.39 seconds. 

In the women’s shot put Ashley Erasmus won gold with a distance of 16.98m to make it three golds on the final evening session of the Games, while Ischke Senekal won SA another bronze medal in the same discipline. 

Friday was Team SA’s final day of competition at the Games, and the curtain will officially come down at the closing ceremony on Saturday evening.

Team South Africa Results on Friday, 22 March, 2024

ATHLETICS

Final, Women’s Half Marathon
Cian Oldknow placed 7th in 1hr 16min 34sec, with South Sudan’s Loliha Atalena taking the gold medal in 1:14:36.
Maria Mjoli placed 12th in 1:21:31

Final, Women’s 400m Hurdles
GOLD! Rogail Joseph surged to the gold medal in a time of 55.39sec

Final, Women’s Shot Put
GOLD! Ashley Erasmus claimed gold when her final attempt of 16.98m helped her win the title
BRONZE! Ischke Senekal picked up the bronze medal when recorded a distance of 16.38m
Collette Uys finished 4th with a distance of 15.59m

Final, Women’s 200m
Shirley Nekhubui finished 7th in 23.93sec


Original Copy: Team South Africa, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Rogail Joseph lifted South African hearts when she became Team SA’s 100th medallist at the 13th African Games, surging to gold in the women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 55.39 seconds, in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, 22 March, 2024. Photo: Team South Africa

Photo 2 Caption: Ashley Erasmus won another gold for Team SA on Friday with a distance of 16.98min the shot put, while Ischke Senekal won SA another bronze medal in the same discipline. Photo: Team South Africa

Photo 3 Caption: Cian Oldknow placed 7th and Maria Mjoli placed 12th in the final of the Women’s Half Marathon, with South Sudan’s Loliha Atalena taking the gold medal in 1:14:36.  Photo: Team South Africa

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