The evening session of Day Six (27 October) at the Doha 2015 IPC World Championships produced South Africa’s second gold of the competition in the form of ‘one to watch’; Ilse Hayes.

The visually challenged Paralympic Champion dashed to a convincing win clocking 25.24 seconds in the 200m T13* event, with Kym Crosby (USA) in for second (25.93) and Marocco’s Sanaa Benhama (26.35) in third.

“I woke up this morning with a grateful heart. Yesterday, two months ago, I was unable to walk properly due to a back injury and not sure when I will run again. With the Grace of God I received a gold medal in the 200m last night. Thank you God for these miracles,” Hayes posted on Facebook.

Also in the 200m, newcomer Anika Pretorius (T13), coming into the race ranked seventh, ran a 27.63 for fifth spot in her second final of the competition while 400m World Champion Anruné Liebenberg got comfortably through to tonight’s 200m T47 final.

On the field, Gauteng’s Chenelle van Zyl missed out on bronze with a season’s best of 9.11m for fourth place. Gold went to Maria Pomasan (UKR), breaking her own World Record with a heave of 13.03 meters. Silver, and the new Asian Record, went to China’s Jun Wang (12.23) and bronze to Marivana Oliveira at 9.17m – a new Area Record for the Brazillian.

Rustenburg’s Jan van Staden, who only recently started competing in athletics, set a new personal best of 46.26m in Javelin T46 for eighth place. Another eighth finish went to Free State’s Juanelie Meijer (T38) with her best jump measuring 3.87 meters on the night.

With eight medals in the bag, South Africa ‘jumps’ to 17th place! The team is back in action today with Reinhardt Hamman (Javelin F38) and Anruné Liebenberg (200m T47) going for gold while Jonathan Ntutu (200m T12) and Teboho Mokgalagadi (100m T35) get busy in the qualifying rounds.

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T12/13: track, visual impairment
T/F35/38: track/field, cerebral palsy
T/F46/47: track/field, upper-limb amputee

written by: Liezel van Rensburg
photo credit: Johan Snyders