Triathlete Richard Murray won South Africa’s first medal at the 20th Commonwealth Games when he finished third in the men’s triathlon to claim bronze behind England brothers Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, who came first and second respectively.
Siyabulela Mabulu won a surprise bronze medal in judo on Thursday evening, beating highly fancied Indian Manjeet Nandal in the 66kg division, to earn South Africa its second medal at the Games and in anticipation of more to come today.
The 26 year old’s medal was not expected and team mate Daniel le Grange almost added a third bronze medal in his 60 kg bout where he lost out to Scotland’s John Buchannon.
Meanwhile, more medals might be added for Team South Africa in the pool this evening when Roland Schoeman and Chad le Clos look set for a medal haul in the 50m butterfly final.
Schoeman won the first semi final heat in 23.25 seconds, stepping up the intensity from from the morning’s heat. He also the defending champion in the event.
Le Clos, a crowd favourite, was clearly enjoying his first outing at the Games, where he qualified in the second heat, behind England’s Benjamin Proud, who clocked 23.16 seconds for the fastest time of the night.