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Solid showing in Singen

Team South Africa’s para-athetes gave a good account of themselves at the weekend’s German Nationals at Singen.

This year’s German Nationals were the biggest to date, with more than 500 athletes and more than 1000 event entries.

A number of other countries participated, with even powerhouse Australia participating at the event and using it as preparation for London 2012.

Said coach Suzanne Ferreira, with the team in Germany: “The weather was very unpredictable over the three days. With weather changing as quickly as every 15 minutes. It was a good learning experience, with my personal┬áview that London will be as unpredicatable as the weather experienced here.

“In that sense it was truly a good learning experience especially for the throwers, throwing in the rain and those that are used to always having their competition circumstances just as they would like it to be.┬á Overall it was a good competition and our athletes performed well. Taking into consideration that the main goal was to get some qualification standards and also to build some experience I believe the goals were met.”

Beijing 2008 Paralympics gold medallist Ilse Hayes clocked 12.47sec in the final of the 100m, only 0.02sec off her personal best run in Beijing and quicker than her performance at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand in January.

Chenelle van Zyl’s 8.51m in the shot put was a personal best as well as African record while fellow field event athlete, the young Derrick Schutte had best distances in both the discus (31.48m) and shot put (10.42m).

Jonathan Ntutu’s 10.97 in the 100m, despite an illegal following wind was a personal best and only the second time he’s dipped under 11sec.

Fanie van der Merwe beat his 200m time of Christchurch with a brilliant run of 23.66sec and also had a really good 100m (11.82).

Marius Stander, back after his injury, showed that there is quite a bit more work to be done, but he did get two A qualification standards for both the 400m (55.17) and the 200m (24.91).

Arnu Fourie has some consistent good times, and although not PB’s, nevertheless good times for this time of the season.

In the javelin Zanele Situ had most of her throws pegging well past  the 14m mark, with her best distance being 15.41m.

Summing up, Ferreira said: “The town, is a small but beautiful place, that really embraced the opportunity to host the event.
“On Monday we are off to Zurich for our flight to Heathrow and then for our stay in Wales until Friday. We will then leave for Stoke Mandeville for our final competition before we leave for SA next Monday.”


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