It is with great pride as a South African that I congratulate Caster Semenya on winning the 800m final, and setting a new national record! I commend her for her resilience, and for remaining focused on attaining her goal of an Olympic Gold Medal, under very stressful circumstances.
It was also truly special for me to present Mo Farah with his Gold Medal on winning the 5 000m final. Coupled with his win in the 10 000m final, he has achieved an amazing feat of becoming the second man in the history of the Olympics to win both these long distance races.
For me, as a newly elected IOC member, it been a huge honour and privilege, to be at the Games and witness South Africa’s success of 10 medals. The highlight for me was Wayde van Niekerk breaking the World Record in the Men’s 400m final. I congratulate Team South Africa on their success.
Rio de Janeiro
21 August 2016