Funding and selection models for Olympic sporting codes are set to change in preparation for London 2012, the Mail & Guardian has been told.
This time he remembered to do his shoelaces up. This time he ran hard all the way to the finish, looking neither right nor left.
The Beijing Olympics are exposing viewers to the talent of Marta Vieira da Silva, a 22-year-old Brazilian who believes she was born to play football.
The message to a distraught Chinese public, still reeling from withdrawal of the nation's biggest sporting hero, could not have been clearer.
SA marathon champions Hendrick Ramaala and Norman Dlomo hit the road on Sunday, hoping to emulate compatriot Josiah Thugwane, the 1996 gold medallist.
The road to Beijing was rocky but, once the Games kicked off, attention swung from protester to athlete.
Finishing last at the Olympics is as big a triumph as winning medals for many athletes from Africa.
Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt electrified the Beijing Olympics, securing their places in Games' lore over 17 days of competition.
There are two Khotso Mokoenas -- psyched up and looking meaner than a pit bull on the track, and the man who likes to hang out alone in his room.
As Beijing empties, those of us left behind have time to dwell on some of the great moments in sporting history that we have witnessed.