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Friday, August 14

South Africa’s greatest sporting triumphs of 2019


South African sports lovers have had plenty to cheer about in 2019 as our rainbow nation excelled on the field, court, track, road, rivers, lakes and pools.

Here we look at South Africans who have achieved sporting greatness in 2019.

Greatest sporting triumphs of 2019

Red Bull Megaloop – Ross-Dillon Player

In June, South African kite-surfer Ross-Dillon Player and compatriot Oswald Smith did us proud at the Red Bull Megaloop Kite Surfing event in Zandvoort, in the Netherlands.

The event is unique in that organisers can only give competitors 48 hours notice as conditions need to be perfect to achieve a megaloop.

The event has been held just four times in the past with previous winners being Jerrie van de Kop (Netherlands) in 2013, Lasse Walker (Netherlands) in 2015 and Joshua Emanuel (South Africa) in 2017.

Greatest sporting triumphs of 2019:
Greatest sporting triumphs of 2019: Prize-giving of the Red Bull Megaloop in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, on Saturday 8 June Photo: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool

Athletes from France, South Africa, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands gathered at The Spot, in front of 8,000 dedicated fans who braved gale force winds on the Dutch beach.

The final heat saw the two South Africans – Player and Smith – pitted against Dutch favourite Walker and Spanish-based Liam Whaley.

Player laid down a strong early performance in the final heat that ultimately proved just enough for him to beat Smith and Walker, who claimed a bronze medal.

“Coming from the first round I thought I was going home, but after that, I won every heat. That’s four heats. I can’t believe it, it just went so well,” an emotional Player said after the event.

Mamelodi Sundowns claim a ninth PSL title

Mamelodi Sundowns extended their record as the most successful team in the Premier Soccer League era claiming a ninth top-flight win since the formation of the premiership.

Sundowns spent much of the season playing catch-up having had their schedule decimated by a run to the CAF Champions League…

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