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GALLERY: Capetonians welcome Rio heroes

2016-10-18 10:09
Wayde van Niekerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Hundreds of fans took to the streets of Cape Town to watch South Africa's Olympic and Paralympic teams parade through the city.

More than two dozen of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes were honoured by the City of Cape Town for their performances at the Rio Games by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and executive mayor Patricia de Lille.

The procession started at the Grand Parade in Cape Town's CBD and ended at the Green Point Athletic Stadium.

Cape Town-born Wayde van Niekerk was the main attraction with spectators eager to catch a glimpse of the Olympic gold medallist and 400m world record holder.

Other athletic medallists included Paralympic gold winners Hilton Langenhoven and Reinhardt Hamman.

The Rio Olympics were one of South Africa's most successful Games, as they won 10 medals, ending 30th on the medal table with 2 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronze medals.

At the end of the Rio Paralympic Games, South Africa ended 22nd on the medal table with 7 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Here are some of the moments from the parade:

All images: Gallo


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