On a jam-packed Day Eight (29 October) at the Doha 2015 IPC World Championships in Qatar, World Record holder Ilse Hayes ‘did the double’ by adding a second gold to her tally.
Hayes (T13*) dashed to 100m gold in 12.37 seconds, with Nantenin Keita of France running a season’s best for silver (12.53), and Kym Crosby (USA) taking bronze (12.53).
“What a blessed world champs! Flag-bearer for Team South Africa and two gold medals to add to my collection. It was an amazing opportunity to live my passion, to embrace every opportunity and to enjoy every second,” says Hayes.
In the same race, Anika Pretorius ran a third impressive final (13.21) for sixth place.
Charl du Toit won silver, and set a new African Record of 51.74 seconds, in the 400m T37 category. Gold, and the Championship Record, went to Andrey Vdovin (50.99), and bronze, as well as the new Asian Record, to Jialong Wu (53.44) of China.
Next up, Union Sekailwe ran a season’s best 52.78 seconds for silver in the 400m T38race. Gold, and a new Area Record went to Columbia’s Hooker Velasques (52.62) and Bronze to Shaun Burrows (GBR) with a new personal best clocking 53.45 seconds.
In the Men’s 100 meter T44 Final, Arnu Fourie won silver and set a sub-11 African Record of 10.93 seconds. Richard Brown (USA) took the win with a new World Record time of 10.61 seconds. Brazil’s Alan Oliveira won bronze (11.02).
Newcomer Mpumelelo Mhlongo ended in joint sixth place with a season’s best of 11.43 seconds in the same race and set a new African Record (1.80) in High Jump T44 on Day Nine.
The next silver for South Africa came from Jonathan Ntutu with a 22.45 season’s best behind Leinier Savon Pineda (22.14) – a second gold, and Area Record for the Cuban. Bronze went to Russia’s Fedor Trikolich for his 22.50 season’s best.
Andrea Dalle Ave secured the final medal of the day in the Long Jump T37 event with a 5.77 meter leap for bronze. Gold, and a new World Record, went to China’s Guangxu Shang (6.47) and silver to Ali Olfatnia (IRI) with a 6.18 meter personal best.
With 16 medals, South Africa moves into 12th place with two more 100m Finals to go in the T37 and 38 category on Day Ten.
T11 – 13: track, visual impairment
T/F35 – 38: track/field, cerebral palsy
T/F42 – 47: track/field, amputee/limb deficiencies
F54: field, spinal cord injury
Written by: Liezel van Rensburg
Photo by: Reinhardt Hamman