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Roland Schoeman, South Africa's most successful male swimmer yet - and who once turned down a R40-million offer to swim for Qatar - is headed for his fourth Olympic Games in London. Only two other South Africans have been to as many.
Roland Schoeman gave a sensational display at the Deutsche Ring Aquatics short course competition in Hamburg on the weekend, becoming the first man to break the 21-second barrier in the 50m freestyle.
Swimming sensation Roland Schoeman took his third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, while Babalwa Ndleleni - ranked just 16th in the Commonwealth going into the Games - became the first black woman weightlifter to win a medal for South Africa.
South African swimming sensation Roland Schoeman has turned down a multi-million dollar offer to represent the Gulf state of Qatar, saying it was "of tremendous importance to me that I am part of the vibrant, challenging, frustrating, beautiful and above all hopeful country I call home".
South Africa's Roland Schoeman can rightfully claim to be the fastest swimmer in the world after winning the 50 metres freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Montreal.
Roland Schoeman won a second medal for South Africa in the swimming pool at the Athens Olympics, picking up silver in the men's 100 metres freestyle. It was oh so close too, as Dutch star Pieter van den Hoogenband successfully defended his title in 48.17 seconds to Schoeman's 48.23.
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.