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Hilton gets gold

Team South Africa banked another two medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday.

Beijing 2008 Paralympics triple gold medallist Hilton Langenhoven took gold in the men’s pentathlon (P12), amassing a collective 3308 points for the gruelling event.

That saw the Stellenbosch athlete ending 99 points clear of runner-up Branimir Budetic of Croatia.

Langenhoven posted individual performances of 7.01 metres for the long jump, 48.21m for the javelin, 11.14sec for the 100m dash, 27.23m for the discus and ended off with a time of 4min 38.42sec for the 1500m. Of the five individual events he won the long jump and 100m, ended second in the 1500m, third in the javelin and sixth in the discus.

Earlier in the competition, Langenhoven had grabbed silver in the men’s long jump final.

The other medal of the day was a bronze medal for Fanie Lombaard in the men’s shot put final (F42). Lombaard hurled the shot a fine distance of 13.17 for a season’s best performance for him. In the same event teammate Heugene Murray threw s 10.23m for eighth spot.

The South African medal count now stands at 14 in total (five gold, four silver and five bronze) and they’re sitting in seventh spot. China have won the most medals (34 in all) at this stage.

Meanwhile, the 200m gold medal safely in his clutches, Oscar Pistorius turned his attention to his toughest event, the 100-metre sprint on Tuesday.

And the Bladerunner will be more than happy with his day as he emerged from the first round of heats as the fastest qualifier in the T43/T44 category.

He clocked 11.33 seconds for the dash, edging out arch-rival Jerome Singleton of the US in the qualifying stakes as the two slugged it out in the first of three heats. Singleton, the biggest single threat to the Bladerunner in Wednesday’s final, ran 11.35 for his season’s best.

Pistorius defeated Singleton by 0.03sec at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and the American says he has improved dramatically since then. ÔÇ£He (Pistorius) had better be ready tomorrow because I just cruised the last 50m,ÔÇØ Singleton told the IPC website at the conclusion of the race.

Pistorius was somewhat more circumspect, acknowledging the American’s explosive start. ÔÇ£I did not make a good start today but got into my stride very quickly. It’s going to be a great race,ÔÇØ he said.

Arnu Fourie, Pistorius’s SA teammate, also went through safely to the final, timed at 11.41sec. Fourie had won bronze behind Pistorius in the men’s 200m final on Monday.

Singleton’s fellow American, Blake Leeper, had been talked up as another huge threat to Pistorius but his 11.63 for third place in the last heat on Tuesday doesn’t put him quite in the same league as Pistorius and Co.

Other South Africans in action during Tuesday’s heats were Juanelie Meijer in the T38 heats where she clocked a 15.15sec for a season’s best, Samkelo Radebe (11.51 in the T45 100m heats) and Andrea Dalle Ave (25.51 in the T37 heats).


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