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SA welcomes home Rio Olympians

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016

South Australians have turned out at a public reception to welcome home their Rio Olympic heroes, including swimming gold medallist Kyle Chalmers.

About 1000 people gathered at Adelaide's Victoria Square on Thursday to cheer on the athletes, who were greeted by a troupe of brightly dressed Brazilian dancers.

SA's contingent of 49 athletes punched above their weight in Rio, winning 11 of Australia's 29 medals.

But there was no doubt 18-year-old wunderkind Chalmers was the star attraction at Victoria Square, receiving a massive cheer as he took the stage and showed off several new tattoos including the Olympic rings on his ribs.

"Mum told me no more for now so that's it for next four years, and hopefully if I make it on the team for Tokyo I'll get something then," Chalmers said.

There was also a big cheer for veteran cyclist Anna Meares, who brought home a bronze medal.

Meares said she was yet to decide whether she would take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, despite the city's new velodrome being named in her honour.

"Normally that stuff happens when you're dead so it's really cool to be alive and see it," she joked.

Decked out in green and gold, Adelaide woman Joanne Ness said she took her kids to the reception to see Rio silver medallist walker Jared Tallent.

Tallent finished second in the 50km walk at London in 2012 but was later presented with a gold medal after Russian winner Sergey Kirdyapkin was found guilty of doping.

"He's a great role model for clean sports," Ms Ness said of Tallent.

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