Cape Town strong-man, Reinhardt Hamman won South Africa’s first Championship Record on Day Seven (28 October) of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championship that is running until Saturday in Doha, Qatar.
Hamman, who already bagged a silver for the team in shot put, threw a massive 50.06m with his last attempt to take gold as well as the Championship Record. Silver went to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Doroshenko (48.44), and bronze to Petr Vratil (CZE) with his best distance measuring 46.17 meters.
“I am proud to have the title of Men’s F38 World Champion. I won on my very last throw with a huge new PB which is also a South African, African and Championship Record,” Hamman said on Facebook.
On track, 400m World Champion Anruné Liebenberg blitzed to her second podium with a season’s best 25.58 for bronze in a tightly contested 200m T47 race. Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo took gold (25.43) and silver went to America’s Deja Young (25.53).
Liebenberg is back in action today in the 100m Heats.
In his last event of the competition, Free State’s Teboho Mokgalagadi ran a season’s best 13.76 for fourth place in the 100m T35 Heats but, as in the 100m, it was not enough to get him into the final.
“Thank you to all who have sent me best wishes for my race. All went well even though couldn’t make it to the final stage. Thanks to the heavenly Father for blessing me with this opportunity, and best of luck to all my race-mates in the finals tomorrow,” commented Mokgalagadi.
Finally, Jonathan Ntutu ran a comfortable first place in Round 1 of the 200m T12 Heats – a performance he repeated this morning to go through to tonight’s final.
Also through to this evening’s final’s action are Mpumelelo Mhlongo (100m T44), Arnu Fourie (100m T44), Charl du Toit (400m T37), Union Sekailwe (400m T38), Ilse Hayes (100m T13), Anika Pretorius (100m T13) and Andrea Dalle Ave (Long Jump T37).
South Africa now lies at thirteenth spot with ten medals and a busy Day Eight already in full swing!
T11 – 13 track, visual impairment
T/F35 – 38 track/field, cerebral palsy
T/F42 – 47 track/field, amputee/limb deficiencies
Written by: Liezel van Rensburg
Photo by: Francois Nel / Getty ImKages
Photo by: Francois Nel / Getty Images