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Buis blitzes to second gold and Hayes gets sprint double
- Updated: April 3, 2014
Sprinter Dyan Buis continued his superb form at the Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled in Stellenbosch when he broke the men’s SA T38 400-metre record on Wednesday.
Buis, 23, clocked a time of 51.36 to shave 0.23sec off his own national record in cool, damp conditions on the final day of the meeting. He has only recently made the move up to the one-lap event.
It was Buis’s second gold medal of the Championships following his victory in the 100m, see picture right, and has set him up well for the remainder of the season.
Buis, Paralympic silver medallist in the T38 100m from two years ago, also won his 100m final comfortably in a time of 11.63.
Another athlete to cement her reputation as a potential world star was visually impaired sprinter Ilse Hayes, who created a buzz in the T13 100m on day two when she clocked an SA record 12.31.
That was in addition to her superb 200m run in which she recorded 26.37. At this early stage she must already be a gold medal hopeful at next year’s IPC World Championships in Doha.
Hayes won the F13 long jump gold medal in London 2012 and could become one of the darlings of the sport in the coming years , the Paralympic equivalent of Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
And T37 400m runner Charl du Toit was also impressive, winning in 53.26.
Picture: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images