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Maans over the moon

Boland junior sprinter Denswill Maans recorded his second national record in as many days as national records continued to fall with regularity on the second day of athletics at the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by the SA Sports Association for Physically Disabled, in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Conditions were superb at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s athletics stadium, with the visually-impaired Maans, 16, leading the charge in clocking an SA best of 12.91sec in the 100 metres. This followed his┬á national mark of 26.60┬á in the 200m the previous day.

On a day in which young talent stole the limelight from their more famous SA Paralympic performers, the Gauteng North trio of amputee Jean Joubert (36.37m in the discus in the F44 competition) and visually-impaired Jacque Joubert (4.81 metres in the long jump F13 category), as well as single-arm amputee Zivan Smith (11.40sec in the 100 metres), joined Maans in recording their second national record within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Free State’s dominance of the 7-a-side football was tested to the full, KwaZulu Natal showed character and determination in holding the inland side to a 3-3 draw. But it was the Free Staters, winners of the tournament for the past three years, whose nerve held the best in the penalty shoot, running out 4-1 winners.

Earlier, Western Province, the runners-up in the football tournament for the past three years, booked their place in Thursday’s final by beating North West 4-1.


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