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South Africa returns to the Modern Olympic Movement, 1992

In 1990 Mr Nelson Mandela was released from jail. It was clear South Africa was now underway to become a democratic state. After a visit by an IOC commission the country was on 25 July 1991 invited to participate at the Games in Barcelona in 1992.

During South Africa’s absence the standard of international sport rose to heights unknown before. In the period between 1992 and 2010 South Africa only won four Gold Medals.

In 1996 Penny Heyns won two Gold Medals in the swimming pool and Josia Thugwane won the prestigious marathon. In 2004 Lyndon Ferns, Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman and Dorian Townsend won the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay.