South Africa first participated at the Olympic Games in 1904, and sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games until 1960. After the passage of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1761 in 1962 in response to South Africa's policy of apartheid, the nation was barred from the Games. (This did not, however, apply to the Paralympics. South Africa made its Paralympic Games début in 1964, and continued to compete until 1976, included, after which the Dutch Parliament declared its participation in the 1980 Summer Games would be undesirable. From then on, South Africa was absent from the Paralympics until 1992.
After the negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa commenced in 1990, the nation re-joined the Olympic movement. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee was created in 1991, and South Africa returned to the Games at the 1992 Summer Olympics (and the 1992 Summer Paralympics). South Africa also participated in the Winter Olympic Games in 1960, and since 1994.
A Little History
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere.
South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world. Two of these languages are of European origin: Afrikaans developed from Dutch and serves as the first language of most white and coloured South Africans; English reflects the legacy of British colonialism, and is commonly used in public and commercial life, though it is fourth-ranked as a spoken first language.
The country is one of the few in Africa never to have had a coup d'état, and regular elections have been held for almost a century. However, the vast majority of black South Africans were not enfranchised until 1994. During the 20th century, the black majority sought to recover its rights from the dominant white minority, with this struggle playing a large role in the country's recent history and politics. The National Party imposed apartheid in 1948, institutionalizing previous racial segregation. After a long and sometimes violent struggle by the African National Congress and other anti-apartheid activists both inside and outside the country, discriminatory laws began to be repealed or abolished from 1990 onwards.
South African Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed South African triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Richard Murray Triathlete
Richard Murray was born on January 4, 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa. 2007 & 2007 Junior ITU Duathlon World Champion, 2011 & 2012 African Champion. Ricahrd also participated at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
View full results history of Richard Murray Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Mari Rabie Triathlete
Mari Rabie was born on September 10, 1986 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. After finishing in the top 10 at the world championships (2002-2005), she scored a 3rd place at the 2008 U23 World Championship.
View full results history of Mari Rabie Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Henri Schoeman Triathlete
Henri Schoeman was born on March 10, 1991 in Vereeniging in South Africa. Two-time ITU South African Champion (2013, 2016), three-time 5150 African Champion (2013, 2014, 2015), Silver medalist Glasgow Commonwealth Games (2014).
View full results history of Henri Schoeman Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Gillian Sanders Triathlete
Gillian Sanders was born on October 15, 1981 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 2011 GE Blenheim Champion, third place at European Cup Championship, 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 African Champion.
View full results history of Gillian Sanders Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Triathlon South Africa.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.