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Cricket win lifting Proteas

SA swimmers are drawing inspiration from the cricket team's stunning victory over Australia to deliver gold medals.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 13:20 IST

South Africa's swimmers are drawing inspiration from the Proteas' astonishing world record one-day cricket victory over Australia to deliver gold medals in the pool at the Commonwealth Games.

The South African cricketers overhauled Australia's world record 434 total with 438 for nine, hitting the winning runs off the second-last ball to claim the fifth and final one-day international and the series at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last Sunday.

Star sprinter Ryk Neethling said the cricketers' win was a huge confidence booster for his compatriots to succeed at the Melbourne Games.

"It's been a huge inspiration for us and we've been walking tall around the athletes' village over the last couple of days," Neethling told a press conference Tuesday.

Team chef de mission Gideon Sam was basking in the glow of the victory by Graeme Smith's team.

"I just want to say thanks very much Graeme Smith for that wonderful win," Sam told the press conference.

"The team that beat Australia has an abundance of talent and that's what we are keen to display at the Games here," he said.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 13:20 IST