Thanks to Wayde, Caster, Luvo and Ruswahl.
Need something to smile about this Monday evening? Team South Africa's performance at this year's IAAF World Championships will give you 6.
3 gold medals, 2 bronze and 1 silver puts South Africa in 3rd place on the medals table, behind Kenya with 11 and the USA with 30. Here's some history for reference: It's 10 places better than Team SA's 2015 finish in Beijing! That's all thanks to the hard work and stellar performances of Caster Semenya, Wayde Van Niekerk, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai, responsible for the 6 medals. Caster's 800m gold medal is also her lifetime best in the event. If you've seen the rankings and are a little confused about how we ended up in 3rd ahead of the People's Republic of China with 7 medals, the answer's simple. The placing table has us ranked at 11th simply by the number of medals earned, but on the medals table, gold medals carry more point weight than silver ones, and silver carries more than bronze.
If you happen to run into Caster Semenya (gold and bronze), Wayde Van Niekerk (gold and silver), Luvo Manyonga (gold) or Ruswahl Samaai (bronze) this week, give them a hearty high five.