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Hamman hurls his way to Team SA’s first gold in France
- Updated: July 24, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
Team South Africa added just one more medal on day four of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship in Lyon, France… but what mattered most was the colour of that medal!
Going into day four of the Championships, Team SA had amassed five medals, two silver and three bronze. Now they have six, and a full set of medal returns.
Take a bow Reinhardt Hamman ÔÇô he won gold in the men’s javelin (F38) final to win South Africa’s first gold of the competition.
The 23-year-old hurled the spear 45.72 metres, an African record, and nailed it with his second of six attempts.
Initially diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of five and having been out for the sport for a while, the guest relationships officer at a Cape Town hotel, improved on his previous African record of 44.93m, set at the Nedbank Championships in Pretoria earlier this year.
Also on day four, there were personal and season’s bests for London Olympians Zanele Situ and Dyan Buis.
Situ hurled the discus 14.54m in the F54 category while Paralympic silver medallist Buis clocked 23.58 seconds in his semi-final of the T38 200m event.