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Two down, one to go and Hilton Langenhoven is still hoping to add more medals to Team South Africa’s growing collection at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mark Etheridge writes that the triple gold medallist from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics already has two medals, a silver from the long jump and then gold in the gruelling pentathlon. And he still has the 200m event pencilled in.

“So far I’m really happy with my achievements but most importantly for the team,” said the modest Stellenbosch athlete.

“I really came to New Zealand to do well and continue my performances on the international stage for the last three years. So far it’s all gone well.

“The long jump was a combined event of two classes in the visually impaired. So it meant that I was forced to take off from the normal take-off board which I don’t normally do. But so too did my competitor who won the gold.”

Understandably, Langenhoven was pretty shattered after winning the five-event pentathlon.

“It was by far the hardest competition I’ve ever competed in. It was just so tough, all day long. Going into the last event three of us were still in with a chance to win gold!

Langenhoven, 27, also touched on the effects of the numerous earthquakes/tremors that have shaken New Zealand recently.

“I must say leading up to the competition I had sleepless nights due to the earthquakes and stressed a lot but I’m really happy with what I’ve done here which makes up for the stress.”


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