Bridgitte Hartley has made it an extra special Women’s Day for South Africa, winning a bronze medal in the women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m race at the London Olympics on Thursday.
Hartley finished third in a time of 1:52.923, behind race winner Danuta Kozak of Hungary, who finished in 1:51.456 and second place Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, who had a time of 1:52.685.
Hartley’s medal brings South Africa’s tally at the Games to five – which also includes three golds and one silver. It also places South Africa 20th in the medal tally.
South African middle distance runner and world champion, Caster Semenya, has qualified for the Olympics women’s 800m final scheduled for Saturday night.
Semenya finished the semi-final heat in 1min 57.673sec, beating her arch rivals Kenya’s Janeth Kepkosgei Busienei and the American Alysia Johnson.
Troyden Prinsloo will represent South Africa at the men’s 10km Marathon swim at 1pm today.