SA on track for 10 medals

2016-08-18 19:22
Sunette Viljoen (Chris Kotze)

Rio de Janeiro - Winning 10 medals at the 2016 Olympics seemed like a big call at the time, but SASCOC's pre-Games ambition doesn't seem so far-fetched now. 

Team South Africa picked up its 8th medal of Rio 2016 when Henri Schoeman finished third in the men's triathlon on Thursday to claim bronze. 

Richard Murray, who was tipped as South Africa's medal hope in the race, finished 4th. 

It is the second bronze for South Africa at these Olympics after the Blitzboks finished third in the Sevens while the team boasts five silvers through Chad le Clos (2), Cameron van der Burgh, Luvo Manyonga and the men's pairs rowing team of Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling. 

South Africa's only gold of the Games so far has come through Wayde van Niekerk's record-breaking run in the 400m.

It takes the total medal count to 8 for Team SA, and with Caster Semenya expected to win gold on Saturday in the women's 800m whether or not the country reaches its target of 10 is likely to be determined by Sunette Viljoen. 

Viljoen is in action in the women's javelin on Thursday night (Friday morning, SA time). 

The women's javelin field is considered to be wide open, with any of a number of the participants capable of winning.

Lloyd Burnard is Sport24's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the 2016 Olympics ...

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