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President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Team South Africa, which won six medals during the IAAF World Championships.

The team’s outstanding performance earned South Africa third place on the medals table at the games held in London.

“We wish to heartily congratulate our Team South Africa for their sterling performances on the tracks and a job well done at the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London,” said President Zuma said on Wednesday.

Team South Africa accomplished three gold medals through Wayde van Niekerk, who won in the men’s 400m race; Luvo Manyonga, who won in the men’s long jump and Caster Semenya, who won in the women’s 800m race.

Van Niekerk also won South Africa’s only silver medal in the men’s 200m, while Ruswahl Samaai won a bronze medal in the men’s long jump and was joined by Semenya, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 1 500m race.

“The country is extremely thrilled and proud of our athletes, in particular those who won the six medals, for this remarkable achievement and excellent performance that earned South Africa third place on the medals table, trouncing the most advanced countries in the tournament,” said President Zuma.

The President further extended his sincere gratitude to all South Africans, technical teams and management of Team South Africa for their continued support to all South African athletes. – SAnews.gov.za

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