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Ashleigh Moolman Pasio recently finished in the top 10 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women's road cycling. Another huge challenge awaits her at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
South African sprint newcomer Anaso Jobodwana will be attending his first Olympic Games in London. It's been a very fast rise to the biggest stage of them all for the teenager. He has surprised a lot of people, not least himself.
The South African team for the 2012 London Olympic Games includes one swimmer who is a world record holder in long course events: Cameron van der Burgh, the fastest breaststroke swimmer ever over 50 metres.
South African field hockey star Pietie Coetzee, the all-time leading goal scorer in women's international hockey, will be attending her third Olympic Games in London, having made an incredible comeback after a long absence from the sport.
Amanda Dlamini will lead the first ever South African women's football team to take part in an Olympic Games in London, where they will face a level of competition they have not previously experienced. The Banyana Banyana captain is not overawed.
Only one South African athlete will travel to the London Olympic Games as a medal winner from four years ago in Beijing. That man is long jumper Khotso Mokoena, holder of the Africa record of 8.50 metres.
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.
Chad le Clos has qualified to compete in five events at the London Olympics, a record for a South African swimmer. The 20-year-old admits to targeting 2016 as his main Olympics, but don't rule him out of a podium place in London.