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Heartbreak as Paralympian Anrun├® has medals stolen
- Updated: December 14, 2012
Paralympian Anrun├® Liebenberg is the latest of a string of South African Olympians and Paralympians to have her medals stolen, writes Mark Etheridge.
Twenty-year-old Liebenberg was travelling from George to Johannesburg on Thursday and then on to Kroonstad where she was a guest-speaker at an event.
Now based in Stellenbosch the former Johannesburg athlete won silver in the 400-metre and bronze in the 200m sprint at the London Paralympics earlier this year.
Liebenberg immediately posted on social network Facebook: “Please pray. My medals were stolen out of my bag.. at the airport!!! A chain prayer will be necessary. Please dear Jesus help.”
Later on Thursday night she commented. “My heart is sore.”
Last year Liebenberg’s fellow medallist, swimmer Charl Bouwer, who also trains in Stellenbosch now, had the gold medal he won at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, stolen from his parents house in Kimberly.
And 1996 Atlanta bronze medal winning swimmer Marianne Kriel, had her medal stolen as well but she had a lucky ending as the medal was later discovered in a dustbin in the Cape Town CBD.
Earlier this year ace swimmer Cameron van der Burgh had around half his medals and trophies stolen in a break-in. He went on to win an Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke in London in July.