South Africa

History

South Africa made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1904 and competed until the 1960 Olympics where afterwards the nation was banned from competing due to apartheid. After apartheid ended the nation returned to the Olympics in 1992 and has competed ever since. The nation sends a large delegation with over 100 athletes competing at each Olympics since 2000. The athletes compete in a variety of sports including, athletics, boxing, canoeing, cycling, rowing, sailing and swimming.

South Africa won its first medal in 1908 and has won at least one medal in all subsequent games it has competed in. In total, the nation has won 86 medals across 10 sports. The most successful sports include athletics (29), boxing (19) and swimming (18). The most successful athlete is swimmer Chad le Clos where in the men’s 100m butterfly he won two silver (2012, 2016) medals and in the 200m butterfly he won one gold (2012) and one silver (2016) medal. In 2016 South Africa won 10 medals, a tie for its best ever medal count.

Qualified Quotas

Artistic Swimming

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Duet Emma Manners-Wood
Laura Strugnell

Athletics

Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 100m Akani Simbine
Men’s 200m Clarence Munyai
Men’s 110m Hurdles Antonio Alkana
Men’s 400m Hurdles Zazini Sokwakhana
Men’s 20km Walk Wayne Snyman
Men’s Marathon Stephen Mokoka
Desmond Mokgobu
Men’s Long Jump Luvo Manyonga

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 100m Tebogo Mamathu
Carina Horn
Women’s 800m Caster Semenya
Women’s 5000m Dominique Scott

Cycling

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Cross-Country Alan Hatherly
Women’s Cross-Country Mariske Strauss

Rugby Sevens

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Tournament Qualified Via Rankings

Swimming

Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 50m Freestyle Bradley Tandy
Men’s 200m Backstroke Christopher Reid
Men’s 100m Breaststroke Michael Houlie
Men’s 100m Butterfly Chad le Clos
Ryan Coetzee
Men’s 200m Butterfly Chad le Clos

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 100m Freestyle Erin Gallagher
Women’s 100m Breaststroke Tatjana Schoenmaker
Women’s 200m Breaststroke Tatjana Schoenmaker
Kaylene Corbett
Women’s 100m Butterfly Erin Gallagher