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Ntutu into another final at Paralympics

By Mark Etheridge
in London

Already a bronze medallist in the 100-metre dash here at the Paralympics, Jonathan Ntutu sprinted his way into the final of the men’s T13 200-metre track event on Thursday.

Cape Town’s Ntutu ran a national record 22.40 seconds to win his heat and end as fourth fastest qualifier. Ireland’s Jason Smyth was quickest qualifier with a 21.48sec effort.

But there was little joy for Samkelo Radebe in the T46 100m heats. Radebe, who ran a great opening leg to put the team on the front foot, may still have been on cloud nine after being part of Team SA’s gold-medal effort in the T44 4x100m relay on Wednesday evening.

He ended sixth in Heat Two with a time of 11.53, only 15th fastest of the qualifers.

Apart from Natalie du Toit who powered her way into Thursday night’s 200-metre Individual Medley (S9) final, it wasn’t a great morning in the pool for Team South Africa.

Du Toit was fastest qualifier for the final while SA team-mate Emily Gray was slowest of the heats with a 2:54.03 swim.

Neither Kevin Paul nor Achmat Hassiem were able to swim through to the finals of the S10 100m freestyle.

Both swam African records but such is the standard of competition at these Games that Paul (55.55) and Hassiem (57.61) only finished 11th and 19th fastest as eight went through to Thursday night’s final.

Another African record from Shireen Sapiro in the S10 100m free also fell short of qualifying a place in the final. A bronze medallist in the 100m backstroke earlier in the week, she swam 1:07.42 to end 14th of 15 qualifiers.