Team SA surpasses Morocco 2019 Medal Tally with Triathlon and Cycling Hauls

Vicky van der Merwe’s gold with Sharne Williams taking silver for a South African 1-2 podium top in triathlon lead the women’s medals for the team in Ghana on Friday, with Lucy Young and Meri Prinsloo adding bronze to SA’s medals haul at the 13th African Games in Accra on Friday, 15 March, 2024. Photo: Roger Sedres via Team South Africa

With a whooping 83 gold medals, Egypt sit comfortably at the summit of the standings with 33 silver and 28 bonze, making their tally 144 in total. South Africa (26 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze), Nigeria (25 gold, 18 silver and 25 bronze) and Algeria (22 gold, 29 silver and 37 bronze) follow, and these 4 countries have consistently led the pack at the top of the medal standings.  

Team SA started Friday with 81 medals at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana, looking to build on that tally, and they did so in style, with represented in arm wrestling, cycling and triathlon added medals each to that haul. 

“This gold was a big goal of mine and it’s been an incredible journey.”

Vicky van der Merwe after winning Triathlon Gold at the African Games in Ghana

It was a hugely successful day for Team SA. Vicky van der Merwe won gold in the triathlon, while Sharne Williams surged to the silver medal, completing a South African one, two finish. 

The 34-year-old Van der Merwe is considered the “mommy” of South African triathlon and she did her hopes of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic no harm in the heat in Accra.

“This was the first time that I swam in a pool in a triathlon, so that was a new experience for me. I did a lot of triathlons up until a couple of years ago when I became a mom and my son is now two-years-old.

“South Africa has a lot of triathlon talent and myself and Henri Schoeman are considered the ‘oldies’, but I’m hoping to keep my involvement post-Paris and look to mentor some of the talent coming through.”

In the cycling, Lucy Young won bronze in the individual time trial, and with hers, Friday’s medal’s haul took the overall Team SA total to 89, surpassing the total number of medals (83) achieved in Morocco in 2019, and also exceeding the total athletes’ contingent to Ghana, a pround result for Team SA.

This is how Team SA women fared in competition on Friday:

ARM WRESTLING

Women’s left arm qualifications, +80kg
Rosemary Botha lost to Gloria Oyewusi (Nigeria) 1-0
Rosemary Botha lost to Yawa Nukunu (Togo) 1-0
Meri Prinsloo beat Victoria Johnson (Sierra Leone) 1-0
Meri Prinsloo beat Mariam Kadri (Ghana) 1-0

CYCLING

Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial
BRONZE! Lucy Young produced a fine effort to place 3rd and take the bronze medal

TRIATHLON

Women’s final
GOLD! Vicky van der Merwe clinched the gold medal
SILVER! Sharne Williams surged to the silver medal


Original Copy: Team South Africa, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Vicky van der Merwe’s gold with Sharne Williams taking silver for a South African 1-2 podium top in triathlon lead the women’s medals for the team in Ghana on Friday, with Lucy Young and Meri Prinsloo adding bronze to SA’s medals haul at the 13th African Games in Accra on Friday, 15 March, 2024. Photo: Roger Sedres via Team South Africa

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