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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.
There was no medal for beach volleyballers Gershon Rorich and Colin Pocock at Athens, but by beating highly rated pairings from Greece and Portugal they secured a last 16 place - the first African beach volleyballers to do so. Kirsten Lewis belied her 52nd world ranking to achieve the same result in the archery.
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.
Retief Goosen is one of golf's least demonstrative superstars, and one of the best when the going gets ridiculously tough - as he proved by capturing his second US Open title at Shinnecock Hills in vicious conditions that saw the average score in the final round balloon to almost 79. That's four times in the last 10 years, by the way, that a South African has lifted the US Open crown.
South African sportsmen and sportswomen turned in some notable performances during 2002. In a number of sports the achievements were especially good, and here we acknowledge those sports that brought honour to the country and to the individuals that shone.
With the 2003 Cricket World Cup fast approaching, its time to take a look back on South African cricket in 2002. Apart from a solid hiding from Australia at the beginning of the year, there were some strong performances from the national team, while there was excitement in the domestic ranks as the four-day Supersport Series produced a first-time champion, Easterns.
The enduring memory of the 2002 season will be one of incredulity, confusion, anger and disbelief after the Springboks were torn apart in three successive Tests on their end of year European tour, losing by record margins to France, Scotland and England. It was a disheartening showing after performances earlier in the year had hinted at a revival of Bok fortunes.
The death of former Protea cricket captain Hansie Cronje, at age 32, stunned South Africa and the cricketing world alike. Before his involvement in a betting scandal ended his career, Cronje was one of SAs most successful cricket captains. He took full responsibility for his part in the scandal, and had begun rebuilding his life, with the same courage and dignity he displayed on the field.
South Africa may not have progressed beyond the first round of the 2002 World Cup, but five goals, one win, one draw and a 3-2 thriller against one of the tournament favourites did more than erase the disappointment of the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali - it confirmed South Africa's arrival as a force in world football.