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SA athletes bring back 19 medals from Brazil

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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

Ilse Hayes
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

Dyan Buis
100m 11.47 Gold
400m 51.52 Gold

Union Sekailwe
100m 12.04 Bronze
200m 23.98 Gold
400m 55.5 Silver

Jonathan Ntutu
100m 11.27Bronze
200m 22.89 Silver

Hilton Langenhoven
100m 11.24 Silver
Long Jump 6.69 Silver

Andrea Dalle Ave
100m 12.51 4th
Long Jump 5.63 Silver

Tebogo Mokgalagadi
100m Silver 13.49

Tyrone Pillay
Shotput 12.60 Gold
Discus 32.43 PB Gold

Reinhardt Hamman
Javelin 48.14 Gold PB, SA record, African record
Shot put 12.26 Gold, SA record


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