Some of South Africa’s bright track and field prospects at the Games had the opportunity of fine tuning their preparations during the weekend in various European competitions that included the IAAF Diamond League on Friday.
South Africa’s team, comprising 155 athletes, will compete in a wide range of disciplines that include aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, para-powerlifting, rugby sevens, shooting, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
At the last Commonwealth Games, held in New Delhi, Team South Africa ended fifth on the medals table with 12 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals.
“If the coaches have put in the necessary hard work, we should once again be in the top group of medal winners, just as we have done at previous games,” he testified.
London Olympics gold medalists Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh are part of the squad, as is Roland Schoeman, who has competed in four Olympic Games and Karin Prinsloo, who is ranked fourth in the Commonwealth in the 200m freestyle.