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Dyan dashes to his third medal in London

By Mark Etheridge
in London

Dyan Buis raced to his third and Team South Africa’s 25th medal on the penultimate day of the Paralympics here on Saturday.

Young Buis, 21, added another silver to the silver and bronze he won earlier in the competition, when he placed second in the men’s T38 200-metre final at a hot and sunny Paralympic stadium.

He clocked 22.51 for a South African record as Australian Evan O’Hanlon’s 21.82 set a new world record.

In the same race Buis’s team-mate Union Sekailwe ended sixth in a personal best 23.66.

“Evan is a very stylish runner and I knew I would have to have a very good start to beat him,” said the Riversdale athlete. “But when I looked up at 100m he was already gone!

“But still, I’m very thrilled with an SA record and these are only my first Paralympics. I will use all this experience and use it over the next four years because my main goal is the 2016 Games in Rio.

“I’ve also only had two and half years training so to take three medals home is brilliant. Now I’m going to head back to that village and treat myself to lots of McDonald’s food!”

In other morning action Fanie van der Merwe blasted into Saturday night’s T37 100m final equalling his own world record 11.52 and setting up a great medal chance in the final.

In the same event’s heats Andrea Dalle Ave and Charl du Toit failed to progress to the final with Dalle Ave running a personal best of 12.18 and Du Toit clocking 12.11.

Also setting up another medal chance was 2008 Paralympic gold medallist Kevin Paul in the SB9 100m breaststroke. His 1:06.21 win in his heat was a new Paralympic record.

The only other two SA swimmers in action saw their Games coming to an end with Marike Naude seventh in her SB13 100m breaststroke heat (1:46.57) and Renette Bloem fifth in her SM11 200m IM heat (3:37.13).

Other medal chances on Saturday evening, the last day of the Games that has South African participation will be Anrun├® Liebenberg in the T46 400m final, Hilton Langenhoven in the T12 200m final and Oscar Pistorius, who is the final SA athlete in action. He will be out to defend his Beijing title in the T44 400m final.