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Tannie Ans takes home R100 000

2016-08-19 11:59
Tannie Ans and Wayde van Niekerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The world's most famous granny, Tannie Ans, is R100 000 richer thanks to her protege, Wayde van Niekerk, winning gold at the Rio Olympics.

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Van Niekerk stunned his opposition - and the rest of the world - earlier in the week when he stormed to victory in the 400m final, running out of lane 8 and setting a new world's best time of 43.03.

At the announcement of the South African team to compete in Rio last month, SASCOC confirmed an incentive programme designed to incentivise athletes to medal at the Rio Games.

SASCOC promised to award all gold medalists at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games R500 000.

Of that, R400 000 would go to the athlete and the remaining R100 000 to the coach.

Silver medal winners will earn R200 000 (R50 000) for the coach, while those bagging bronze will pocket R80 000 (R20 000 for the coach).

Van Niekerk's win meant Ans pocketed R100 000 for her efforts in preparing her charge for the Games.

To date, SASCOC has forked out R1.86m thanks to Van Niekerk's gold and the six silvers and two bronze medals won by Team SA.

Of interest is the fact the Singapore's Joseph Schooling, who denied American swimming legend Michael Phelps gold in the 100m butterfly, received R10 million for his medal.

Of more interest perhaps is that USA gold medal winners in Rio "only" earn $25 000 (R337 500).

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