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PICS: SA Team living the life in Rio

2016-08-05 13:00
Chad le Clos and his family in Rio (Twitter)

Cape Town - The South Africans have arrived in Rio de Janeiro and all 137 athletes are ready to represent the nation at the world's biggest stage - the Olympic Games.

World 400m champion and sprinter Wayde van Niekerk will carry the South African flag on Saturday morning (01:00 SA time) at the star-studded opening ceremony, where supermodel Gisele Bundchen and carnival dancers will show off Brazil in its multi-colour glory.

South African golfer Brandon Stone is set to only arrive in Rio on Friday, while others like Banyana Banyana, Olympic gold swimming medallists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh have already settled in the Olympic Village.

We take a look at some of them scoping Rio's newly built infrastructure and their preparations for the game:

South Africa's two London Olympic gold medallists, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh:

Chad le Clos looks on at the Olympic pool, will he defend his 200m butterfly this year and defeat Michael Phelps?

Louis Meintjes rides around the Olympic Village:

Jake Green, Vincent Breet, Jonty Smith and David Hunt hope to defend and retain South Africa's Gold medal, which was won in this event in 2012:

Sevens players, Seabelo Senatla, Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe looking on at Rio celebrations:

All images: Getty and Gallo

Some South African athletes were excited to be in the carnival city and gave us a sneak peak to their build-up and life in Rio:

Chad le Clos tweeted an image about his family supporting him in Rio, this was after Sport24 reported in July that Le Clos' parents were diagnosed with cancer.

Michelle Weber, who is the only South African female swimmer in Rio, tweeted this image of herself in-front of the Olympic rings:

South African cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio also posted an image of herself and her husband Carl in-front of the Olympic rings:

Springbok Sevens skipper, Werner Kok, posted of the team's stadium visit, could this be a gold for Team South Africa:

SA Sevens scrumhalf, Francois Hougaard, with French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga:

Pleasure to meet such a humble athlete | Incredible player ?????? Merci beaucoup @tsongaofficiel

A photo posted by Francois Hougaard (@francoishougaard_) on

Defending 100m breastroke gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh, met All Black legend Sonny Bill Williams and took this monochrome snap:

Louis Meintjes took this breathtaking image of the Olympic Village from his room:

Here's an image of the Olympic's massive food court:

Another SA cyclist, Daryl Impey, was enjoying the local cuisine:

Here are some SA swimmers at Christ the Redeemer:

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