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Key Facts

Top medal sports
(pre-2012)

Capital

Pretoria

Population

50,500,000

Size

1,220,000km²

Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans

South Africa profile on BBC News

Records

Medals

London 2012
Gold Silver Bronze
3 2 1
Beijing 2008
Gold Silver Bronze
0 1 0
Athens 2004
Gold Silver Bronze
1 3 2

Oscar Pistorius Pistorius revels in 'dream' final

South African double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius says he has achieved a lifelong dream by competing in the Olympic 4x400m relay final.

11 Aug 12

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the women's 800m semi-finals Semenya is a contender - Mutola

Women's 800m

10 Aug 12

Mozambique legend Maria Mutola says her protege Caster Semenya can win the Olympic 800m title on her debut.

Oscar Pistorius Pistorius gets Olympic reprieve

Athletics

9 Aug 12

Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius can run in Friday's Olympic 4x400m final after South Africa win a place on appeal.

Caster Semenya qualified for the women's 800m semi-finals Semenya and Sharp into 800m semis

Women's 800m

8 Aug 12

South African Caster Semenya is through to the women's Olympic 800m semi-finals, along with Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp.

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South Africa at the Olympics

23 London 2012 ranking

70 Beijing 2008 ranking

1904 First Olympic appearance

Top Medal Sports at London 2012

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Rank
Swimming 2 1 0 RANK 5
Rowing 1 0 0 RANK 7
Athletics 0 1 0 RANK 26
View the London 2012 medal table for South Africa