The first golden performance for South Africa came in the form of Stellenbosch sprinter Anruné Liebenberg on Day Five (Monday, 26 October) of the IPC World Championships in Qatar.
A first-time World Champion, Liebenberg clocked a season’s best 56.65 seconds for gold over Cuba’s ‘one to watch’ Yunidis Castillo (59.79) in the 400m T47* event. Bronze went to Russia’s Alexandra Moguchaya (1:01.50).
Bouncing back from a challenging third day, Paralympian Hilton Langenhoven crossed the finish line in 50.85 seconds to claim bronze in the 400m T12 race. Gold went to Portugal’s Luis Goncalves with a season’s best of 49.67 seconds, and silver to China’s Qichao Sun (50.23).
“A proud moment for South Africa. A gold by Anrune’ Liebenberg and bronze by Hilton Langenhoven both in the 400m. We witness the incredible again tonight. Congratulations to Anrune on being a World Champion,” says coach, Suzanne Ferreira.
The team now stands at seven medals – (one gold, three silver and three bronze) – with Chenelle van Zyl (F35 Shot Put ), Jan van Staden (F46 Javelin), Juanelie Meijer (Long Jump T38), Ilse Hayes (200m T13) and Anika Pretorius (200m T37) lined up for Day Six at the at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.
T12/13: track, visual impairment
T/F35/38: track/field, cerebral palsy
T/F46/47: track/field, amputee, upper limb
Written by: Liezel van Rensburg
Photo by: Warren Little / Getty Images