HOME RUN: SA's Akani Simbine. Photo: DEAN LEWINS/EPA

Minister of Sport, Thokozile Xasa, challenged team South Africa to finish in the top five at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. 

Before the team left for the Gold Coast, Xasa said: “We are expecting gold medals and one specific expectation is that we return to the top five on the medals table.” 

It wasn’t to be as South Africa finished in sixth place, despite entering the final weekend in the top five. 

Team SA wrapped up their track and field medal haul with the men’s 4x100m relay team winning silver Sunday.

The relay quartet of Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus, Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine produced the goods on the night with Simbine carrying the baton over the line in second place with a new SA record of 38.24sec. 

Simbine had it all to do with England and Australia in front and with Jamaican Yohan Blake receiving his baton practically at the same time as him. 

Blake on his inside was no match, he chased down the Aussie but was just pipped by Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

After the race, Simbine said: “I still want to see if there is a replay on, but I know I chased those guys down and we were pretty far behind.” 

The highlight of the weekend was once again Caster Semenya after she won the 800m in a time of 1m56s. 

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