08 July 2019. The South African Gymnastics Federation sent a team of five skippers to the World Jump Rope Championships in Norway from 3-12 July and all of them have won a bronze medal flying the South African flag high on the medal podium.
The first bronze medal was won by the Men’s Single Rope 30 second Relay Team who were represented by Malusi Tumtumana, Mkhululi Gosa, Buyisile Hubela (Khayelitsha, Western Cape) and Sonopo Tshilwane (Free State). These four men worked brilliantly together to hold off excellent teams from Korea and China to sneak in for the bronze medal. This places South Africa as one of the top teams in Speed Skipping in the world.
Watch: TEAM SA | Single Rope Speed Relay 4×30
The Team continued its winning streak with Team Leader Keo Mokolopo from Mpumalanga winning the bronze medal in the Single Rope Freestyle competition. This is the third year in a row that Keo is returning to South Africa with a medal in the freestyle section. Keo reports that this years World Championships was by far the toughest competition to date. There were new countries with incredibly strong competitors taking part and she is so proud of the entire team and their achievements.
The South African Gymnastics Federation is over the moon with these two medals, they are a result of the gymnasts and coaches hard work and dedication. The achievements are far above the Federations expectations and we are so proud of all five of these skippers who are ambassadors for the sport as well as their Provinces and communities.
The skippers will be remaining in Norway after the competition for an international training camp where some of the South African Team will be working as coaches at the camp.
For further information please contact Anne Vermaak, CEO of SAGF at 021 6714818.