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Karien Jonckheere

Nijel Amos’ spirit not dampened by Tokyo setback

The Botswana middle-distance runner suffered an injury in qualifiers and could not make a podium finish in the finals. Though gutted, he is hard at work again and hopes to do better in the next Games

Team SA has come out of nowhere to demand the world’s attention

We have discovered that we can be among the best

Deep Read: Team SA’s Rio blueprint

Gideon Sam is a man with a plan for Team South Africa to achieve greater Olympic glory in Rio 2016, writes Karien Jonckheere.

Deep Read: The lengths Cameron goes to…

Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh talks candidly about the immense pressure he felt ahead of his race, and how listening to John Mayer helped.

Great expectations

First time bushwhacker Monako Dibetle goes in search of the ultimate safari adventure and guiltily takes to colonial comfort.

Mokoena: I was disciplined, dedicated and focused

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.

Basson takes the baton

He's only 20 years old, but Jean Basson has shown clear signs of greater things to come, finishing just outside of the medals at his first Games.

There is still Olympic hope for SA, apparently

All is not lost yet, but there is a fair bit of panic in some SA circles as, after almost a week in Beijing, the country is yet to win a medal.

SA look to the pool for Olympic medal hopes

Teams will soon line up for the event in which South Africa won their sole gold medal of the previous Olympics -- the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Swimming to Beijing

Karien Jonckheere looks at South African swimmers at the Olympics and their medal hopes.

Giving it stick

When Marsha Marescia arrives in Beijing in a few months' time and checks into the Olympic village, it will be a very different experience to what it was four years ago. Back then the captain of the Spar South African hockey team competed in her first Games and got a taste of what the Olympics was all about.

Cricket’s obstacle course

The Under-19 Cricket World Cup hasn't been a particularly happy hunting ground for South Africa in the past -- they lost to those irksome Nepalese in the plate final of the last edition in 2006. Looking back, it seems the only highlight for South Africa came when the side reached the final in 2002.

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