While the country’s Rugby World Cup campaign came to an end, three South African’s were in action on Day Three (Saturday, 24 October) of the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Western Province track athlete, Anika Pretorius came into the 400m T13* final ranked seventh and ran a solid 1:02.08 seconds for sixth place at her World’s debut.
“Anika showed great composure and stuck to her game plan in the final. She will own this fairly new event soon,” says Coach, Suzanne Ferreira.
In the 200m T35 Heats, Free State’s Tebogo Mokgalagadi ran a Season’s Best 29.69 seconds but it was not enough to get him into today’s final. Mokgalagadi, who had a good start, commented on Facebook that he had a nice race and is happy with his performance.
In Long Jump, World Champion Hilton Langenhoven (T12) pushed too far and was eliminated after his third consecutive foul. However, the Paralympian’s Championship Record of 7.19 meters still stands with the golden leap from Kamil Aliyev (AZE) coming in at 7.13 meters on the night.
Langenhoven is back in action today in the 400m T12 Heats. Also in action on Day Four are Reinhardt Hamman (Shot Put F38), Dyan Buis (Long Jump T38), Gerrit Kruger (Shot Put F37) and Louzanne Coetzee, with her Guide Rouxne Vermaak, in the 1500m T11 Heats.
T12/13: track, visual impairment
T/F35: track/field, cerebral palsy
Written by; Liezel van Rensburg
Photo credit: Martin Potgieter / Bonsai Photography