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Another Paralympian athlete is hit by crime

London Paralympics 400-metre silver medallist track athlete Hilton Langenhoven has become the latest South African sportsman to be affected by crime, writes Mark Etheridge.

Langenhoven, 29, was preparing to return home to Stellenbosch after competing in the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Pretoria when he has his overnight bag stolen from the hotel where they were staying.

In his bag were numerous items of value including a laptop, modem, vision glasses, his wallet and brand new watch.

Late last year, Anrun├® Liebenberg, Langenhoven’s fellow Paralympic medallist and also from Stellenbosch, had her medals stolen from her bag while underway from George to Johannesburg.

Yet another 2012 Paralympian medallist, Charl Bouwer’s 2008 medal was stolen from his parents’ home in Kimberley. And some of 2012 Olympic gold medallist swimmer Cameron van der Burgh’s medals were stolen in Pretoria ahead of the 2012 Games.

A few years back 1996 Olympic bronze medallist swimmer Marianne Kriel’s medal was stolen but it turned up in a rubbish bin in central Cape Town some time later.


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