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In London's winning presentation for the 2012 Olympics was Inspiration, a film showing kids from four continents being inspired by the games to become athletes themselves. Except the kids weren't from four continents - they were all South African.
South African ski paddler Oscar Chalupsky cemented his claim as the world's best ocean paddler on the weekend, downing Australian Olympic medallist Nathan Baggaley in a thrilling duel to win a record 11th Molokai Challenge, widely regarded as the unofficial world surf ski championship.
South African Ryk Neethling dominated the FINA World Cup swimming series, winning 21 gold medals over eight meetings and clinching the overall title - and $50 000 - with a world record 51.52 seconds in the 100m individual medley in New York.
While Donovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente won South Africa's first rowing Olympic medal on the weekend, taking third in the 2 000m pairs, swimmer Roland Schoeman captured his third medal of the Games, bronze in the 50m freestyle, making him one of the most successful South Africans in Olympic history.
Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling took the four-by-100 metres freestyle relay by storm on Sunday night, beating some of the biggest names in swimming and shattering the world record to take South Africa's first Olympic gold medal since the marathon in Atlanta eight years ago.
The National Olympic Committee of SA's Operation Excellence programme is helping SA's top athletes in their quest for Olympic glory. Nocsa will spend about R50-million on its team for Athens 2004 - nowhere near the amounts spent by countries like the US, but spending wisely is spending well.
Penny Heyns, who set 14 world records and became the first woman to complete the Olympic double of winning both the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke, is arguably one of the greatest female breaststroke swimmers of all time.
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