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Brave Fanie falls short in 200m title defence
- Updated: August 31, 2012
By Mark Etheridge┬áin London
Defending his 2008 Beijing Paralympics 200-metre title proved a bridge too far for Fanie van der Merwe here on Friday night.
After having breezed into the T37 final with a second-placed 23.83 in the morning heats, Van der Merwe faded over the final 20-metres to end seventh.
His time was 23.79, still quicker than his morning run but 0.69sec of Roman Kapranov, the slightly built Russian blitzing to a world record 23.10, equalling the time Van der Merwe set at All Africa Games in Mozambique almost a year ago.
Van der Merwe came off the bend in good enough fashion and pulled into second place but tied up badly in the final stages and dropped back quickly.
“I guess you can say it just didn’t go as planned,” said a devastated Van der Merwe.┬á “My bend was OK but I kind of lost my focus after the start, I just don’t know what happened,” he said.
“Not all races work out the way you want them to but you have to stand up and not stay down and I’ve still got the 100m so am looking forward to that to make amends.”
Later in the evening Teboho Mokgalagadi moved into the final of the T35 100m final with a 13.07 second place finish in Heat Two.