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SA win more medals

Team South Africa picked up another three medals on day five of the IPC World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand on Wednesday.

Spearheaded by Oscar Pistorius’ silver medal in the men’s 100m final (T44) the team saw their medal count boosted by fine performances from Fanie van der Merwe and Ilse Hayes.

South Africa have temporarily slipped back to 10th spot on the medals table despite having moved up to a total of 17 medals (five gold, six silver and six bronze). Topping the table are China with 42 medals in total.

Pistorius was edged out of the gold medal after a desperate lunge for the line from American arch-rival Jerome Singleton, both men being credited with the same time of 11.34 seconds.

Our Arnu Fourie was fourth in the same race, narrowly missing out on a medal as he clocked 11.43, the same time as bronze medallist Alan Oliveira of Brazil.

Van der Merwe dashed to silver in the men’s 200m final (T37), clocking a quick 23.67sec. But that wasn’t enough to stop Algeria’s Sofiance Hamdi going 0.03sec quicker and also breaking Van der Merwe’s previous world record of 23.72 set in the Netherlands last year.

Hayes, who had already won gold in the women’s T13 100m final at the weekend, picked up her second medal of the championships when she placed third in the 200m final.

She clocked 25.54, a season’s best, behind Cuba’s Omara Durand who blitzed her way to a world record 24.24 seconds. Runner-up was Sunhae Benhama (Mar) who also set a season’s best of 25.35.

Other SA athletes in finals were Andrea Dalle Ave who placed eighth in the same race as Van der Merwe, setting a season’s best of 25.50 and Ishmael Legodi who took seventh best in the long jump (F20) with a season’s best 6.25 metres.

Bernhard Haarhoff ran to an African record of 15.09 in the T42 men’s final with a 15.09 finish and double amputee Samkelo Radebe was sixth in the T46 100m final with a time of 11.27. Said Radebe of his race: “Well today went better than yesterday, 11.27 was only good enough for sixth place but a great experience to run a race and have the world record broken… wow.” Radebe was referring to the fact that Brazil’s Yohansson Nascimento ran to a new world mark of 11.01 seconds.

In heats action blind runner Jan Nehro ended up second in his 5000m heat (T11), going through in second spot with a 16min 08.99sec finish. Sprinter Jonathan Ntutu also qualified in the T13 200m heats, winning his heat in 22.77sec.