South Africa’s para-athletics team returns from Doha, Qatar with seventeen medals from the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships that ended yesterday.
After no medals on Day Nine, it was Fanie van der Merwe who added a last silver for the team, his second medal of the competition, in the 100m T37* on the last day
The Stellenbosch Paralympian ran a season’s best 11.55 seconds behind Russia’s Andrey Vdovin, who set a new World Record time of 11.46 seconds. Bronze went to fellow Russian Chermen Kobesov (11.60), while South Africa’s Charl du Toit (11.73) ended in fifth place.
“I enjoyed the race a lot, I got a season’s best and it’s been a long time since I’ve clocked an 11.5 so I feel blessed and happy.” Van der Merwe commented after his race.
In the 100m T38, Dyan Buis ran a season’s best 11.51 seconds for fourth place, while Union Sekailwe (12.01) ended seventh. Gold, and the new Asian Record (11.08) went to China’s Jiawen Hu, silver to Brazil’s Edson Pinheiro (11.23), and bronze to Wenjun Zhou (11.37) also from China.
With four gold, eight silver and five bronze medals South Africa ended in thirteenth place on the medals table and some valuable slots towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The team arrives at OR Tambo International Airport at 14:00 today.
T37/38 – track, cerebral palsy
Written by: Liezel van Rensburg
Photo by: Suzanne Ferreira via Facebook