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The star attractions didn’t let a little drizzle dampen their spirits at the Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled, presented by the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD) in Rustenburg on Tuesday morning.

Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius left the chasing field behind as he completed the 200 metres in 22.17 seconds at the Olympia Park Stadium while Arnu Fourie covered the same distance on the wet track in 23.74 seconds.

Fourie was less than satisfied with the 11.75 that won him his first gold in the 100m on Monday, but the Western Province sprinter was delighted with his second race.

ÔÇ£I didn’t run the best race yesterday, so I’m very satisfied with today’s result,ÔÇØ the T44 class sprinter said.┬á ÔÇ£I worked hard for the IPC World Championships in New Zealand, so I wasn’t exactly going to peak here this week. It was still important to me to put together two good races here from a qualification point of view, but unfortunately the timing wasn’t always there this week. The track was a little slow this morning because of the rain, but I’m still satisfied that I could complete the race under 24 seconds.ÔÇØ

Pistorius was also satisfied with his time, but said he hoped the skies clear on Wednesday. ÔÇ£I’ll be running the 400m, so I hope the weather breaks,ÔÇØ said Pistorius. ÔÇ£This is a great track when it’s dry and we’re at altitude, so I’m looking for a good race.ÔÇØ

Last week Pistorius finished within a whisker of the A-qualifying time in the 400m for the Olympics. A solid performance at the Nedbank National Championships would boost his confidence to get to that magic number.

Ilse Hayes collected her second gold in the T13 class over 200. The double world champion is nursing an Achilles tendon injury that has forced her out of the long jump competition. This meant that she couldn’t run flat out and although she still comfortably ran the qualifying standard, her time of 26.98sec was well below the 25.54 that yielded a bronze medal at the World Championships in January.

World Championship silver medallist Fanie van der Merwe, who covered the 100m in 12.08 seconds on Monday, won his second gold in the T37 class with a 24.35 second run in the 200m.

Team mate and fellow silver medallist in Christchurch, Anrune Liebenberg, won her first gold in the T46 class with a 13.60 second run in the 100m on Monday and the Gauteng sprinter won gold again with a 27.14 second run in the 200m. Both sprinters will gun for their third gold medals in the 400m on Wednesday.

And, on the field there was also plenty of action, too. Chief among the six new records set was that of Terrence Nemagovhani of Limpopo Province. The young gun won gold in the Boys 16 javelin final with a season’s best of throw of 20.70m, an improvement of more than three metres on the previous record of 12.27.

NEW SA RECORDS
Long Jump Boys – 16 3.74m: Thapelo Mofokeng, Northern Cape (F45; previous record 3.73m)
Discus Men 23 – 31.36m: Willem Maree, Gauteng (F38; previous record 31.23m)
Shot Put Girls 18 – 5.89m: Gaba Xaba, Gauteng (F40; previous record 5.12m)
Shot Put Boys 16 – 4.31m: Darryn Atkins, Western Province (F33; previous record 3.48m)
Shot Put Boys 18 – 6.22m: Danie Breytenbach, Boland (F11; previous record 6.13m)
Javelin Boys 16 – 20.70m: Terrence Nemagovhani, Limpopo (F12; previous record 17.27m)


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