- Blitzboks blast past Kiwis to reach Dubai semi-finals
- Van Niekerk pays tribute to triumphant Bolt
- Banyana dominate but go down to Ghana in playoff
- Blitzboks bag three wins in Dubai
- International honours for Olympic coach Barrow
- Hall of Fame honours for SA legend Sally Little
- Blitzboks off to a great start with Ugandan whitewash
- Banyana going all out to bag bronze in Cameroon
- Powell opts for experience at Dubai Sevens
- First IGT Tour win for Arnoldi at Centurion
SA athletes bring back 19 medals from Brazil
- Updated: April 27, 2014
Our small group of para-athletes are on their way back from Brazil with a bagful of valuable metal to “declare” at customs, writes Mark Etheridge.
Thirteen athletes (11 track and field, two swimming) took part in the II Caixa Loterias Athletics and Swimming Open Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The track and field athletes won a total of 19 medals between them (10 gold, five silver and four bronze) and coach Suzanne Ferreira was a happy coach as the team prepared to head home.
“First of all a great thank you for SASCOC and the OPEX funding for funding this trip! Thank you to all for the effort to make it happen!
“The trip was a huge success, not just only on performances but also for the team to travel together,” she told Road to Rio 2016.
Apart from the medals there was also other recognition of the athletes’ achievements. “The competition used a technical index (percentage of World Record time) to determine the top 10 male and top ten female performances!
“Ilse Hayes [pictured in action during her 200m event here]was the best ranked for SA with a fourth position for the females with a TI of 98.118 % and Fanie vd Merwe was our top male with a fifth spot and a TI of 97.7%. Charl du toit was ranked ninth with a TI of 97.025!”
Here is a breakdown of the individual results
100m 12.22 Gold PB, SA record
200m 25.03 Gold, PB, Sa record
Fanie vd Merwe
100m 11.78 Gold
Charl du Toit
100m 11.98 Silver PB
400m 53.47 Gold
100m 11.47 Gold
400m 51.52 Gold
100m 12.04 Bronze
200m 23.98 Gold
400m 55.5 Silver
200m 22.89 Silver
100m 11.24 Silver
Long Jump 6.69 Silver
Andrea Dalle Ave
100m 12.51 4th
Long Jump 5.63 Silver
100m Silver 13.49
Shotput 12.60 Gold
Discus 32.43 PB Gold
Javelin 48.14 Gold PB, SA record, African record
Shot put 12.26 Gold, SA record