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AFRICA, SOUTH
Just before the 1964 Tokyo games, this country was excluded from the Olympic movement, because of its apartheid policy, and only returned for the 1992 games in Barcelona. For this occasion, South Africa presented a multiracial team and its President, Nelson Mandela, was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. At the time, South Africa rejected their nickname Springboks , which was in itself a symbol of apartheid. During the games, the long distance runner Elana Meyer, sprang into the limelight by coming second in the 10,000 m behind Ethiopia's Tulu. The picture of their lap of honour, with their countries' flags entwined, made world-wide headlines.It is worth mentioning the South African athlete, Zola Budd, considered to be the best over long distances, and who was allowed to take part in the 1984 games at Los Angeles as part of the British team. She failed to bring home a medal.
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