Updated: Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:25:36 GMT | By howzitMSN

Ndlovu Hopes Gold Inspires

Sizwe Ndlovu speaks about his team's gold medal achievement in the lightweight four rowing event...

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Sizwe Ndlovu, a member of the victorious South African men's lightweight four rowing team, hopes the gold medal achieved by his team at the Olympics will leave a legacy for the sport in the country.

Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson secured South Africa's third gold medal after seeing off hot favourites Denmark, Australia and Great Britain on Thursday.

Rowing is not seen as a high-priority sport in Mzansi, but Ndlovu is hoping the achievements of the national rowing team will change those perceptions.

"Rowing is big in schools but otherwise financially it’s an expensive sport," he said.

"So this gold will be good for South Africa’s rowing community and help give it a better image."

Of the race itself, Ndlovu added: "We stuck to our game plan.

"We knew Denmark would start strongly, and we had one call - to go for it in the last 500 metres. It worked."