South African javelin star wins bronze in Beijing

South African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen at last banished past disappointment this weekend in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal. Her win brought South Africa’s medal tally for the championships up to three.

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South African sprinter Jobodwana takes on the world's best

South African sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has won bronze in the IAAF World Athletics Championship 200m final, to share the podium with world record holder Jamaican Usain Bolt – who passed the post just fractions of a second ahead of the South African athlete.

South African canoeing shines in Germany

Andy Birkett is "chuffed" with his silver medal in the season-opening ICF Marathon World Cup at the Brandenburg an den Havel regatta in Germany. It is the first year of international competition for the South African canoeist and four-time K1 and K2 Dusi marathon winner.

South Africa's Paralympians shine in London

South Africa's brightest athletes excelled against some of the best in the world at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, held at London's Olympic Park, led by Hilton Langenhoven in the 200m sprint, Jonathan Ntutu, Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe.

Sport in South Africa

It's the national religion. Transcending race and language group, sport unites the country – and not just the male half of it.

Football in South Africa

There's probably no quicker way to "break the ice" with the South African on the street than to demonstrate some knowledge of local soccer. To help you improve your conversational skills, here's a crash course on the country's most important teams and competitions.

Cricket in South Africa

SA cricket was isolated from the rest of the world for 21 years because of apartheid. Isolation came at a time when the country could fairly claim to be the top test- playing nation in the world, having just pummelled the powerful Australians.

Rugby in South Africa

For many South Africans, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride - or shattering disappointment. The country has traditionally fared well on the world stage, and SA fans expect the national team to win every game they play.