2022 Commonwealth Games

By Karien Jonckheere. After 11 days of competition, Team South Africa flew out of the UK with seven gold medals after the Commonwealth Games came to an end in Birmingham on Monday. Another nine silvers and 11 bronze medals were part of the team’s haul but that was only enough…
By Karien Jonckheere. Veteran cyclist Daryl Impey added one more medal to Team South Africa’s haul on the penultimate day of action at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, securing silver in the men’s road race. In a race which featured several attacks throughout, the 37-year-old South African was part of…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah rocketed to a sprint double at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday as Australia pulled clear of England at the top of the medals table. The Jamaican sprint star, 30, was the headline act on the penultimate night of track and field competition…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. SA's 'Undertaker' Nicolaas de Lange wins silver in the men's freestyle 97kg gold medal wrestling match at Commonwealth Games. De Lange lost by points 9-3 to Canada's Nishan Randhawa. "A silver medal is the worst medal that you can have," said the emotional De Lange after losing…
Staff Reporter. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has recognised the history made by the Proteas Women for their participation as part of Team South Africa in the inaugural Commonwealth Games Cricket T20 competition at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The Proteas finished third in group B and bowed out of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African para-sprinter Ndodomzi 'Jonathan' Ntutu stormed to gold in the men's T11/T12 100m final in Birmingham on Thursday evening. Running in lane 3, Ntutu powered through the four-athlete final as he crossed the finish line first in 10.83. Englishman Achary Shaw took silver in 10.90 and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Ferdinand Omanyala beat Akani Simbine to the line to claim the men's 100m gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Omanyala dethroned the reigning champion Simbine by running 10.02 seconds to become the first Kenyan to win the race in over 60 years. Simbine settled for silver…
By Karien Jonckheere. It’s been a tough few days for Chad le Clos. Not only did the former Olympic champion finish in the most heart-breaking position in sport – fourth – in his 100m butterfly Commonwealth Games final on Tuesday, but he then followed that up with another fourth place…
By Charles Jerome. If the 100m heats were a pointer of what's to come in the semifinals and subsequent final at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games, then we would be in for a sumptuous treat on Day 2 of Track and Field actions in Birmingham. African athletes will go into…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Lara van Niekerk won her second gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning the women's 100m breaststroke final ahead of compatriot Tatjana Schoenmaker. Swimming in lane 4, Van Niekerk powered to the lead and kept her consistency despite a slight charge by fellow South African and…
By Karien Jonckheere. @GettyImages. The first time Thabelo Muvhango pulled on her South African kit for her international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, she could feel the nerves kicking in. But walking away from her first Games with a silver medal as part of the women’s fours alongside…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Team South Africa's hopes of garnering a medal in the 4x100m relay on the Commonwealth Games track were handed a massive blow after several sprinters contracted Covid and have withdrawn from the competition. Team SA confirmed in a statement: "Team SA's track and field athletes have been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African swimmer Pieter Coetze claimed his second Commonwealth Games medal in Birmingham as he took silver in the men's 50m backstroke final on Monday. Swimming in lane 4, Coetze touched the wall in 24.77 - 0.22 seconds behind Australia's Andrew Jeffcoat, who won gold in 24.55.…
By Karien Jonckheere. @GalloImages. Michaela Whitebooi, Charne Griesel and Caitlin Rooskrantz joined the South African medal rush at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday, adding a gold and two bronzes to the haul. Whitebooi defeated Welsh athlete Ashleigh-Anne Barnikel in her 48kg judo quarterfinal and England’s Amy Platten in…
Staff Reporter. South Africa and Australia met on the fourth day of the 2022 Commonwealth Game in Birmingham, and this is their 42nd meeting between the two sides. The two nations have met four times at Commonwealth Games and Australia are yet to lose a match against South Africa. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell says the Blitzboks' gold-medal win at the Commonwealth Games was just the boost they needed for the final leg of the World Sevens Series and Sevens World Cup. The South Africans scored five tries to one, dominating the Fijians from the outset,…
Staff Reporter. South Africa thumped reigning Olympic champions Fiji to win the men’s sevens gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. The Blitzboks, current World Rugby Sevens Series leaders, outscored the Fijians five-tries-to-one in a 31-7 victory to finish the tournament unbeaten and repeat the gold medal-winning…
Staff Reporter. Proteas have beaten Barbados in their Commonwealth Games pool clash on Sunday, running out 91-36 winners. South Africa went into this game wanting to redeem themselves after their opening loss against Jamaica on Saturday, and Barbados also looked at changing their fortunes around following their loss against Australia…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chad le Clos claimed silver in the men's 200m butterfly at Birmingham 2022, to equal the record for most Commonwealth Games medals, on 18 along with Phillip Adams and Mick Gault. The 30-year-old South African won 17 medals across three Commonwealth Games. Any podium finish at the…
By Brenden Nel. The Springbok Sevens team moved into the final of the Commonwealth Games Sevens competition with a superb effort to beat Australia 24-12 in the semifinal on Sunday. The Blitzboks will now face Olympic champions Fiji for the gold medal on Sunday night in an epic conclusion to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African swimming star Chad le Clos set himself up for a shot at Commonwealth Games history on Sunday as breaststroke world record holder Adam Peaty prepares to go for gold. Le Clos, the defending champion in the men's 200m butterfly, qualified second-quickest for the evening final…
Staff Reporter. South Africa and Jamaica played their 17th match against each other when they clashed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday, but it was the Sunshine Girls who emerged as the winners. Jamaica have a great record against South Africa, having had won 13 out of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pieter Coetze claimed South Africa's second gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning the men's 100m Backstroke final. Swimming in lane 4, Coetze powered into the lead and kept his consistency despite a charge by several other competitors. However, the 18-year-old held on to touch the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Lara van Niekerk broke the Commonwealth Games record in the women's 50m breaststroke for the third time in two days to win South Africa's first gold medal at Birmingham 2022. Swimming in lane 1, Van Niekerk didn't have the best of starts, but a superb finish saw…
By Brenden Nel. The Springbok Sevens team moved into the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament with a clinical, impressive 34-0 win over pool rivals Scotland. It was a manner of sweet revenge for the Blitzboks as they downed the Scots, who had upset them the last time these…
Staff Reporter. South Africa twice led but were pulled by by the Pakistani’s on both occasions as both teams settled for a draw in the opening game of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. South Africa and Pakistan took each other in their opening Commonwealth Games encounter in Birmingham this morning.…
By Brenden Nel. The Springbok Sevens team made it two from two as they dismantled a physical Tongan team to win 36-5 and end day one of the Commonwealth Games’ Sevens unbeaten. But the win came at a great cost as they could have lost Mfundo Ndlovu to concussion after…
By Brenden Nel. South Africa’s Womens' Sevens team will be looking for their first win in their final pool game after failing to score a point on day one of the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament. After losing 38-0 to tournament favourites Australia in their opening game, things didn’t go better…
By Karien Jonckheere. Having been out of competition for a year now through injury, a fairy-tale podium performance was unlikely for defending champion Henri Schoeman when the first medal of the Commonwealth Games was up for grabs in the men’s triathlon on Friday. As it turned out, Schoeman withdrew from…
By Brendon Nel. Springbok Sevens speedster Angelo Davids scored a hat-trick as the Blitzboks kicked off their Commonwealth Sevens campaign with a solid 46-0 win over Malaysia in their opening game. Davids scored twice in the first half as the Blitzboks opened up a 22-0 lead by the break and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tonight, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games kicked off with a show-stopping Opening Ceremony at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium to a live audience of over 30,000 and a global audience of over a billion. The Opening Ceremony welcomed this year's athletes with a theatrical narrative exploring the…
By Karien Jonckheere. In just a matter of days, Team South Africa will begin their quest for Commonwealth glory as the Games kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, 28 July. The South African contingent returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games four years ago with a haul of…